December 23, 2014

Snap Judgment: Hand-Dyed Galaxy Leggings

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: The spacey fun and nice price of the Hand-Dyed Galaxy Leggings, $25, by San Francisco’s The Littlest Feather. Each one-of-a-kind pair transitions from peach to splattered navy designed to look lifted from the cosmos.

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Wood You Look: Sabi Collection’s Limited Edition Necklaces

We’re big believers in opposites attracting and more than a little in favor of bohemian earthiness mixed with a healthy dose of glam. So you’ll understand in an instant why we were taken in a glance by the Sabi Collection, a line of jewelery made by artist Jill McKeown using found wood pieces from specific locations and mixed with metals and chains.

Available at Circle & Square, necklaces ($70-$120) are available in series that carry the names of places where their materials were found. We’re especially enamored of the Bufalo 7, which hails from Buffalo, NY, for its clean shape and high-shine brass chain accent, as well as the dark imperfection of the Jersey Wood necklace and the glossy metallic sheen of the Boca Wood pendant.

A quietly luxe twist on the natural world, McKeown’s necklaces are the result of her science-meets-design background bolstered by degrees in both architecture and biology.

To view more of her work and scope 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.).

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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.

Party Seen: Fiat Lux Snakeskin Kaleidoscope

Last week, San Francisco boutique Fiat Lux introduced a new collection of jewelry made using a found, rainbow-hued snakeskin by Oakland’s Hart Variations during a sweet little soiree. See what went down and who turned up below.

You’ll find more pics from the party on the SF Indie Fashion Facebook page.

Photography courtesy of Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

New & Local: Bay Thread’s Production for Emerging Designers

Local designers, a new company for your radar comes from RevelationByMe co-creator Eloisa Serrano, who’s started Bay Thread, a company focused on helping designers produce garments in small batches. We got the insider scoop from Serrano on pattern making, quality control and passion for design. Read on for our interview and more about a local company focused on local production.

em>What motivated you to start Bay Threads?As an independent designer myself I faced challenges sourcing affordable pattern makers and found that manufacturing minimums were too high for emerging designers, and I saw a great need for services like pattern making, grading, sample making and manufacturing at lower minimums

How do you hope to help new designers? Bay Thread helps new designers and established designers with affordable pattern making, grading, sample making and manufacturing at competitive rates. We provide assistance from start to finish, as some clients need help starting with the design process all the way through the final production processes. With our low minimums, we give new designers a greater chance of taking their products to market and launching their collections

What do you find inspiring about independent fashion designers? The drive and passion that small designers have is something that everyone should have and apply to everyday life. It is inspiring how much drive they have, and it is amazing how much passion and effort is put into their products. I am also inspired by the creativity that is out there. All my clients are different and unique in their own ways, and it is great to be able to work with such creative individuals.

What services does to Bay Threads offer? We offer services in pattern making, grading, sample making and manufacturing. We can also assist you with design and sourcing for fabrics or trims.

What products can you help create? The majority of our clients are in the fashion apparel industry, but we also can help clients with home decor products, accessory products, children’s dolls and pet products. If you have a creative idea, it is easy to fill out one of our online forms for a free quote.

What are the biggest challenges facing independent designers? I think that large manufacturing minimums are the biggest challenge faced by independent designers today. In today’s economy it is difficult to produce, stock and sell 200 pieces of the same style. Bay Thread offers a solution of manufacturing in the U.S. at 15 pieces per style. These lower minimums give independent designers a chance to produce smaller orders for their customers. Instead of only launching a few styles, they can manufacture a more extensive product line.

What are the advantages of having apparel designs produced by a local manufacturer? Quality control and turn around times are important details when manufacturing your product. The manufacturing process is a complicated one and if problems arise, it is easier to solve them when the manufacture is nearby. When you work with a local manufacturer, turn around times are faster, ensuring deliver dates are met and you save money on shipping.

Any tips for new designers? Have a clear vision of what you want and be passionate about your products and ideas. Also when contracting any type of work, ask questions and ensure your vision is clear and understood by the service provider.

Bay Thread founder Eloisa Serrano

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Cow Hollow Calling: Fashionably Late

This week’s on-the-ground local boutique intel from ShopNear.me: Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out on Union Street. ShopNear.Me brings you to the most celebrated night of shopping with FASHIONABLY LATE on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Step into Fall at participating boutiques in Cow Hollow for a night of fresh style, limited-time deals, bubbly and a fabulous night out. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook.

Keep your eye on this spot for more offers from the following participating shops:

BEGOOD CLOTHING [2127 Union @ Fillmore/Webster]

All socks, underwear, and tops will be 30% off (A Risky Business Promo that would make Tom Cruise proud!)CHLOE ROSE [1824 Union @ Laguna/Octavia]COVET BOUTIQUE [2042 Union @ Webster/Buchanan]
Complimentary wine and nibbles, as well as store wide savings and a FREE gift with any purchase over $35.

  • FAWN [3108 Fillmore @ Filbert/Pixley]
    Fawn will be having a trunk show with a local jewelry designer and a art gallery party.
  • LIV FASHION BOUTIQUE [3030 Fillmore @ Union/Filbert]
    Select styles at 50% off during the event and complimentary champagne!
  • MARMALADE [1843 Union @ Laguna/Octavia]
    25% off all regular priced items and an additional 10% off sale items, plus we’ll be offering personalized one on one style consultations and fittings
  • MY BOUDOIR LINGERIE [2285 Union @ Fillmore/Steiner]
    20% off your entire purchase for the evening
  • MY ROOMMATE’S CLOSET [3044 Fillmore @ Union/Filbert]
    A gift of Essie Nail Polish with every purchase
  • RGB SHOP+GALLERY [3024 Fillmore @ Union/Filbert]
    15% off your entire clothing/accessories purchase, DJ and complimentary beverages. Special gift with purchase, while supplies last.
  • SEAMS BOUTIQUE [1640 Union @ Gough/Franklin]
  • SIMPLY CHIC [3038 Fillmore @ Union/Filbert]

Follow all boutiques above with ShopNear.Me’s app! Available at the iTunes App Store:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shopnear-me/id438622850

*Flyer Illustration by Briana Kranz

This post was created by SF Indie Fashion content partner ShopNearMe. ShopNear.me is the new style app for finding and buying amazing fashion from local boutiques near you. Download ShopNear.me app or visit ShopNear.me website to discover and shop local starting today!