May 24, 2015

Local Fashion Leader’s Battle Against Cancer

Anyone who’s rattled around the San Francisco independent fashion scene in recent years has no doubt experienced the D.I.Y.-driven, all-indie, uber-creative and, above all else, intensely fun projects of Kelly Malone, founder of Indie Mart shopping events and creative space Workshop. A stalwart supporter of the local, independent design scene, Malone now needs support of her own to fight an ongoing battle with cancer.

A survivor of previous cancer battles, Malone was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer in April and lacks adequate health insurance to cover treatment costs. She headed back to the hospital this week for a new round of surgeries. You can read more details about Malone’s struggle in the latest Indie Mart post.

Since founding Indie Mart in 2007 in her Mission backyard, Malone has been hugely influential in helping the local creative, D.I.Y. and independent fashion movement thrive in San Francisco. Her events have low (only a $2 donation is often all that’s requested) admission, affordable vendor fees and almost no corporate sponsorship (PBR has been the major backer). But more than that, her events and Workshop space have given those who want to shop independent and local, learn new crafts and have a damn good time while doing it places to gather and more than ample good times.

Through the Help Kelly Kick Cancer for Good fundraising page, Malone hopes to raise $15,000 to cover the costs of treatment. If you’d like to contribute to the fund for this longtime cheerleader for all that’s local and indie, you can donate via Paypal.

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We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Indie Mart

Booze, bands and browsing for vintage, handmade and unique bargains brought us to Indie Mart on another soggy Sunday afternoon.  The last street fair of the year before Indie Mart moves inside for the winter offered tasty treats, a hug wheel and even D.I.Y craft stations.

A $3 donation at the entrance covered the shopping, six bands and an after party.  Almost every vendor repurposes, recycles or has a great story behind their products. The vibe, although a little subdued by the rainy weather, was festive (especially once we enjoyed some amazing tater tots and a Bloody Mary or two).

Here are a few shots of what we found at Indie Mart:

Pictured below: studionico, Nous Savons, Black Heart Industries, Stuffed Misfit, Vintage Vantage, and Umbrella Shirts

Aqua Cherry

Stuffed Misfit

Black Heart Industries

Moonlit Circus

Hummingbird Vintage


Polka dot Robot

Photography by Christophe Tomatis

Runway Recap: Burning Man Fashion at Prepare for the Playa

Burners, this one’s for you. Last weekend’s Prepare for the Playa event featured a far-out fashion show packed with apparel and accessories designed especially with Burning Man in mind. Missed it? Don’t fret. You’ll get another chance to scoop up Playa-friendly fashions when the event returns to Cafe Cocomo on Aug. 15.

In the meantime, peruse these images from Sunday’s event. Want more (including a fairly scandalous bodysuit that we just couldn’t bring our prudish selves to post)? Check out the online gallery.

Photography courtesy of Max Koo

A Visit to Levi’s Workshop

Last week, I had the chance to stop by the new Levi’s Workshop on Valencia St. during an all-day press event that brought in a slew of local writers and editors to check out the space. Lily Ko of SF Station and I ran into each other on my way in (her way out), while San Francisco magazine’s Elizabeth Varnell popped in just as Allison McCarthy, of 7×7, and I were finishing up our tour of the space.

While Levi’s, though indisputably local, can no longer be considered indie in any way, there’s still a reason for indie-minded shoppers to consider a visit to the space, which combines printing presses and materials with a small pop-up display of Levi’s apparel and a hangout area for those who want to sit and peruse the print posters and zines decorating the walls. One, the space offers free use of its equipment (two Vandercook proof presses (32-28 and SP25), tabletop platen presses, photocopier and a screenprinting station) to the public on Sundays. Remember that t-shirt project you never got around to finishing? Well, here’s your chance to print it up for free, as long as you bring your own t-shirts. Second, all proceeds from the sale of Levi’s merch in the space (we’re betting the trucker vests will be a hit this summer) benefit local non-profits such as Southern Exposure and The Women’s Building.

Also, the space is holding a series of events this month and next that involve local celebs such as Craig Newmark and Alice Waters.

Photography courtesy of Levi’s

News: New Collections, Fashionable Folks, Deals and More…


You know what “they” always say, when God gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what if you don’t happen to *like* lemonade? Huh? What then?

In other news…

We were oh-so-happy to hear from gr.dano that the fall 2009 collection (pictured above) is now available at 440 Brannan Studio.

After his appearance last week at San Francisco’s Paul Smith store in Union Square, Scott Schuman, a.k.a. famed fashion blogger The Sartorialist, posted about the experience and his pick for the best-dressed San Franciscan he encountered during his time in the City.

GAMA-GO is having a costume contest in the SoMa store this weekend. Stop by today or tomorrow in costume for 15 percent off your purchases and a chance to win the $75 gift card, awarded to the best costume.

Made Jewelry is going to extremes with its new collection, aptly dubbed Love + Hate.

We couldn’t resist how (surprisingly) lovable Ghostface Killah looked while signing merch and hanging out with fans during a recent appearance at the Shoebiz Adidas Concept Shop.

SFist’s Bag Lady goes under the seams for its interview with PACT underwear, makers of eco-friendly skivvies.

The Seventh Heart is not afraid to pair black socks and pale legs.

We are digging the fabulosity of the new Epice scarves now in at Metier.

Azalea has the coveted (by some more in a visual way than an I’d actually wear that way, but no matter…) Ksubi tie-dye jeans in limited sizes.

Bare (by UC Berkeley folks) has sealed the fate of several less-than-perfect t-shirts in our drawers this weekend. We’ll be slashing sleeves in no-time with the site’s how-to on D.I.Y. shoulder slashed tees.

We agree with Bell Jar that the shop’s new dresses by Carmalita, sold exclusively at the Mission boutique, are worthy of a twirl on the dance floor.

Lettuce now say that The Finer Dandy never fails to make us chuckle, especially when it comes to enlightening IM chats about salads.

Nooworks has posted some new shop pics to remind you not to be a stranger.

RED Jewelry by Alison Rutherfurd is now 20 percent off (for more about this local designer, check out our previous coverage of her work). Peruse designs on Flickr, then email Alison (at) redforliving (dot) com to order.