October 31, 2014

New & Local in Ghirardelli Square: Jackson & Polk

Bringing yet more locally-designed style to Ghirardelli Square is new shop Jackson & Polk, the latest venture from Kristina De Pizzol, the longtime local designer of the Delilah Crown label and owner of whimsical emporium Gigi + Rose. Billed as the place to go for types who are “well-read with a sense of humor, stylish with an eye for comfort and modern with an appreciation for the past,” the shop features San Francisco landmarks on its walls and a mix of Bay Area-designed goods and well-known labels on its  racks.

It’s a notable arrival in an area heavily trafficked by tourists and a place for city dwellers and those from farther afield to hunt for apparel, accessories and gifts during their next trek to the Square. Stop in for Goorin Bros. hats, Chronicle books, Holga Cameras, kids’ items and apparel by TOMS, Nineteen47 and others.

Vital stats:

  • Who: Jackson & Polk
  • What: Store selling brands like Chronicle Books, Goorin Bros. hats, TOMS shoes, Nineteen47 brand tees, and Holga Cameras.
  • Where: Ghiradelli Square
  • When: Now! They opened August 10th.
  • How: Visit in person, online or call 415-765-9060

Photography courtesy of Ghirardelli Square

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Super Fishy, In a Good Way: Blu Kicks

School may have started up (note the snarling a.m. traffic this week), but we’re just getting prepped for San Francisco summer, a.k.a. regular people’s fall. A shoe you’ll want to kick back in for the sunny months ahead comes from local label Blu Kicks, a socially responsible line inspired by Hawaii’s – oddly enough – shoe-shaped Humuhumunukunukuapua’a fish that sales of the footwear help protect.

Founded by Victoria and Will Leonard after trying to devise a way to help the Humuhumunukunukuapua and its habitat, the San Francisco footwear company offers up casual slip-ons ($58) for men and women made of recycled canvas and natural rubber in beachy hues. Transparent soles reveal a fun fish design waiting underneath, while playful accents at the heel bring added visual interest.

For every sale, Blu Kicks donates $1 to ocean-focused non-profit organizations For the Fishes and Wild Aid.

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Runway Recap: Fashion on the Square

San Francisco designer Joseph Domingo (left) was honored for his work during Fashion on the Square.

San Francisco’s fashion community gathered to celebrate the 8th Annual Fashion on the Square this past Sunday at the Intercontinental Hotel. Radio personality Sterling James (dressed in Cari Borja) emceed the celebration of local designers and clothing companies based in the Bay Area, including Regan Heath, Jonathan Cheung, Jaevon MarshallKeneuoe, Dark Garden, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Apple Bottoms, Charmosa, Troop, Randy Rowden, and Joseph Domingo. From children’s wear to hand-painted swimwear, the event showcased a little bit of everything.

Local designs dominated the event and ranged from Dark Garden corsetry to Keneuoe’s modern silhouettes and Regan Heath’s romantic bohemian ensembles resembling Huckleberry Finn mixed with dandyism. The highlight was the latest collection from Joseph Domingo, honored during the event as 2012 Designer of the Year. Domingo transformed the runway into a glamorous red carpet that the models strutted down in beautifully embellished gowns and finely tailored suits.

Throughout, audience was entertained from start to finish as the show upped the ante by injecting a variety of performing arts into the evening.  One of the child models charmed the crowd with her enthusiastic reciting of Mary Williamson’s famous poem “Our Deepest Fear.” Just after intermission, Precision Dance surprised onlookers by entering the runway as if they were models before busting out an intense modern dance performance. Towards the end, a true hybrid of the arts dubbed “composed fashion,” took place as a string quartet set the mood for Dark Garden models in the local label’s intricate corsetry not simply to walk, but to perform their way down the runway.

Check out our photos from the evening:

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Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

Snap Judgment: Martha Davis Sugi Sandal

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the pleasantly minimalist, but seriously more-than-meets-the-eye Sugi sandal, $320, by Martha Davis and available at The Workshop Residence. Rotate the reclaimed wood heel and lock into place to transform this shoe’s heel height from two inches to three inches.

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Valentine’s Day Picks: Druzy Heart, Local Lips, Lovesick + More

Won’t you be our indie Valentine? From locally-made lipstick and sparkly heart jewelry to daring lingerie and fiery red pumps, we’ve got our eye on great gifts and local happenings sure to make your Valentine’s Day pop.

Hand-carved necklace by Lisa Nagel Design

Handmade by Lisa Nagel Design and available at San Francisco boutique Circle & Square, the Heart Carved Necklace ($60) does sparkle with a bohemian twist, thanks to a crystal druzzy agate on silver chain.

Lovesick 5 takes place on Valentine's Day at Mighty.

Billed as a Valentine’s Day event for “those who can’t commit to get committed,”  Lovesick 5 is also night of edgy local fashion from Alexandria von Bromssen, Jasmin Zorlu, Amy Fink, Tamo Design, Miranda Caroligne, Kathleen van der Spek, Rebecca Roman, Josie Adele, Benzo Couture, Velvet and Horns, Bradley D. Jordan and Danielle Pettee. There will also be a cash bar, trunk show, kissing booth, aura readings and a video installation. Take that, flowers and chocolate.

Put something locally-made on your lips with an Elizabeth Street Cosmetics Street Stick ($22). Even better: find your perfect color in person during Valentine’s Day Trunk Show & Moving Sale at Rare Device this weekend. Owner Kelly will be there with samples of her paraben-free lipsticks, glosses and balms.

Designed in San Francisco, the love-is-in-the-air red of the Peep-Toe Eel Skin Pumps by Paolo Shoes may be just the extra touch of impact your Valentine’s Day outfit needs.