April 25, 2015

JLD Jewelry Collection Launches

Oakland furniture designer Jason Lees has launched his first jewelry collection made using the same materials and aesthetic present in his handcrafted pieces for the home and inspired by minimalist sculpture, Japanese design, African tribal art and California mid-century modern craft. With a long track record of producing high quality goods in the Bay Area, Lees has serious ties to the local maker scene: he’s married to SFMade champion Janet Lees.

Available in his online shop, the JLD Jewelry Collection relies on chunky shapes revved up with blocks of color and hung on leather cords. Several could easily be worn by guys or gals, and we could see dressing several styles up by replacing the leather with a silver or gold chain of your choice.

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We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Vintage Fashion Expo

There was much to see hanging from the racks and strolling the aisles of the most recent Vintage Fashion Expo in San Francisco. We sent our contributing photographer Jennymay Villarete to bring back choice shots from the two-day, semi-annual event.

See below for a few of our favorites and visit us on Facebook for the full album.

Photography courtesy Jennymay Villarete

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Snap Judgment: Snoa Sleepwear’s Midnight Rendezvous Gown

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the Midnight Rendezvous nightgown, $138, part of the new fall line-up from eco-minded San Francisco company Snoa Sleepwear. Made of super-soft modal fabric with fleece cuffs for warmth, the aim of this night creature is to stay toasty, but still attractive, thanks to a flattering shape, plunging back, side slit and flirtatious hemline.

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We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Urban Air Market

Last weekend’s Urban Air Market was a feast for the eyes, thanks to block-upon-block of designers and artists lined up to showcase everything from headpieces made of vintage mesh bags to furry throws and funky socks. Our intrepid photographer Jennymay Villarete made the rounds to capture designers on duty, as well as shoppers browsing the booths.

Below, a few of our favorite shots from the sunny Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. Check out our Urban Air Market Facebook album for many more.

Local model Kate C. spotted at the Maral Rapp booth. Rapp’s jewelry is made of repurposed vintage mesh bags.

Sakura of Tabbisocks

Gothic glam on display at the Dark Garden booth

April Hansen of Linquist Jewelry, a source for body chain pieces, among other handcrafted metalwork

Linquist Jewelry

Designer Stephanie Hoffman of Stephanie Hoffman Designs

A mother and child cozy up in furs by Gata Designs

Spotted at the Neoclassics booth

Silver Lucy of Silver Lucy Designs

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

Just a TAD: New Women’s Apparel from SF’s Triple Aught Design

Nice news for all you adventurous girls out there: San Francisco-based Triple Aught Design (a.k.a. TAD) keeps rolling out more ultra-functional, good-looking women’s apparel ready for seriously hardcore outdoor excursions – or just looking like you’re up for one – your choice.

Known for making men’s apparel using high-tech fabrics capable of standing up to survivalist missions (seriously), but urban-friendly and sleek enough to wear to the bar (at least by San Francisco style standards), the label’s women’s collection started off with a single hoodie and is slowly gaining momentum. You can shop three different hoodie styles on the site at the moment, and, coming soon, a layering henley, tailored shirt and merino wool sweater will join the mix.

Above, some pics of the apparel in action.

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