May 28, 2015

Snap Judgment: Harp Designs’ Hand-Cut Geometric Chest Plate Necklace

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: The one-of-a-kind Geometric Chest Plate Necklace, $185, available in hand-cut and -hammered brass from Berkeley-based jewelry designer Shelly Harper’s Harp Designs. Harper recommends pairing this bold, Southwestern-influenced style with a low-cut black top.

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Sneak Peek: Camilla Olson Spring 2013 with Actress Tanna Frederick

Bay Area label Camilla Olson will debut its spring 2013 collection later this week during New York’s Coterie, but a sneak peek comes in the form of this shot featuring Just 45 Minutes from Broadway actress Tanna Frederick, who will be the face of the fashion company’s upcoming online and print campaigns. For the uninitiated, Frederick stars in the forthcoming film by Henry Jaglom, debuting on the West Coast next month.

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Fringe Festival: Triian Collection’s Modern Designs with a Tribal Twist

Cobra Head Necklace by Triian

Meteorite Ring by Triian

Silver Wing Necklace by Triian

Modern, hip accessories with a decidedly tribal twist? Why yes, we don’t mind if we do. A place to scope just that: the Triian collection by Lifetime’s Project Accessory winner Brian Burkhardt and Tricia Brookbank. Featuring hand-cast resin, Swarovski crystals and hand-cut leather, Triian pieces can take up to 10 days to create from start to finish.

Available at Circle & Square, the design duo’s jewelry is made in Burkhardt and Brookbank’s Miami studio and channels their equal emphasis on craft and style. Show-stoppers include the Cobra Head Necklace made of handmade resin snake head and alligator teeth adorned with Lavender crystals, finger baubles such as the luxe bohemian Meteorite ring and the Silver Wing Necklace, whose asymmetrical fringe design features a cascade of hand-cut leather strips in brown, tan and silver.

Add chunky bracelets, edgy chic earrings and pendants, and it’s a collection of independently designed accessories that stands out from the masses, but remains current – both qualities that helped Burkhardt achieve his television victory, which included a chance to design a capsule collection for Kenneth Cole.

To view more of the Triian collection and discover fresh independent style by emerging artists and designers, visit Circle and Square online or in person at the Presidio Heights showroom (344 Presidio Ave., SF.).


This sponsored style series brought to you by Circle & Square, a San Francisco boutique and showroom offering the best in independent design and accessories from designers and artisans around the globe.

Runway Recap: Kearny Street Workshop Fashion Show 2012

One of the most recent fashion shows to hit San Francisco: the KSW Runway 2012 Fashion Show, the annual show from the Kearny Street Workshop, the nation’s oldest Asian-Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization. Featuring new designs by Asian-Pacific American designers, the runway that evening saw everything from typography-inspired evening gowns to body chains.

See a few of our favorite looks below and check out the entire album on the SF Indie Fashion Facebook page.

Typography inspired dress by Kim Shao

KTRcollection by KT Reed

KTRcollection by KT Reed

Body chains by CLARA Designs, Clare Adamos Morales

Body chains by CLARA Designs, Clare Adamos Morales

Body chains by CLARA Design, Clare Adamos Morales

Jeanette Au’s knitwear

Jeanette Au’s knitwear

Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

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3 Reasons to Love Local Nail Lacquer by Floss Gloss

Nail color is as much a part of fashion these days as any accessory, so you can imagine we were thrilled to find a new line of professional grade lacquers from a local source. And while the vintage-inspired bottles and memorable name were enough to hook us from the start, Floss Gloss has impressed in a below-the-surface way more than a few times since our first encounter a few weeks back. Here are three reasons to love this new local brand:

1. Beyond-average color. Way. Without skating into zany-ville, the colors in the nail brand’s debut collection are far from the usual suspects you’ll find on most nail displays. Taking their hue cues from 1970′s Miami, the assortment roves from a milky tan to neon orange to powdery blue. At the same time, the colors remain wearable and all manage to go together, in case you’d like to create designs and layer hues for original looks. The emphasis on color makes all the more sense when you learn that founders Aretha Sack and Janine Lee are California College of the Arts alums with backgrounds in painting and fashion.

2. Long-lasting polish. Really. During two separate trials with different colors, a layer of polish finished off with the clear top coat stayed on for five days without chipping. And that was without any clear polish touch ups in between. Sack and Lee tell us they were really focused on creating a formula that was nearly opaque in one coat and resisted chipping, and from what we’ve seen, they’ve succeeded.

3. No nasty chemicals. Fab. The polish is professional grade, but still manages to be cruelty-free and free from scary chemicals such as DBP, toluene or formaldehyde.

Add to that the fact that the polishes are produced right across the Bay in Richmond, Calif., and you can see why we’re in love.

For more on Floss Gloss and the creative ladies behind the company, check out the recent coverage by SF Indie Fashion founder Lorraine Sanders on the San Francisco Chronicle’s SF Unzipped blog.

Want more? Get in on the gloss by visiting the online shop, where you can also share your latest nail pics in the burgeoning Floss Gloss image gallery.

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