May 28, 2015

SF Internship: Fiat Lux

Church Street’s Fiat Lux (a great destination for locally-made jewelry and fashion) is looking for an intern-slash-helper.

Here’s the word from co-owner Alexei: “We’re looking for someone good, who has another job, but who’s interested in being pretty tightly connected now and especially in their future, to the SF design scene. We work so closely with our designers that it’s a great opportunity, and it’s an especially good one for someone who also wants to study metal-smithing and jewelry making with Marie and me.”

If that’s you, contact the owners (Alexei and Marie) directly at fiatluxsf (at) gmail (dot) com.

Seeking Amazing Fall Intern

SF Indie Fashion is looking for a media-savvy, style-hungry fall intern. Read on for the details.

If you love San Francisco, fashion, up-and-coming designers and online media – and preferably all of them at the same time – you might be just who we’re looking for. We’re on the hunt for one or two amazing interns who want to dive into the local fashion scene, conduct interviews and cover events, take photographs and hone their journalism skills all while supporting a site devoted to the local, independent fashion community.

Ideally, you will:

- Have previous journalism and writing experience
- Be comfortable reporting on events and conducting in-person, phone and email interviews in a professional, timely manner
- Possess the time and ability to turn around a minimum of two or more assignments per week. Must be able to do this reliably.
- Live in San Francisco and able to attend local fashion events each week, usually in the evenings (being 21+ is a big help with this)
- Offer additional media skills, including previous video, photography, graphic design and/or social media and experience
- Have experience with or interest in learning wordpress or another blogging content management system
- Come to us with an interest in the role of small, local businesses and independent designers to the larger San Francisco fashion community

Why you’d want to intern for SF Indie Fashion:

- Hands-on experience reporting, writing and covering fashion events
- The chance to work with a local fashion writer/editor who will help you improve and hone your writing, editing and media skills
- A great deal of freedom to be creative
- Media access to designers’ studios, local fashion and shopping events, shows, sample sales, etc.
- The chance to network with key players in the San Francisco fashion industry
- The opportunity to develop a portfolio of clips and media samples you can use in the future
- A chance to immerse yourself in the local fashion scene
- The opportunity to improve blogging and social media skills
- Past interns have gone on to internships at publications such as 7×7 and have had their work featured in media outlets such as the San Francisco Chronicle.

The ideal intern will be able to attend fashion events and conduct interviews on an ongoing basis and turn them into interesting, well-written, insightful features for SF Indie Fashion under the guidance of the site’s founder and editor. Journalism and writing instruction will be offered to intern during the course of the internship, but basic writing and journalism skills – not to mention decent grammar – are required.

Note: We may also be looking specifically for a video or photography intern. If that’s your skill set, please feel free to be in touch.

To apply, please send a resume, a work sample and an email outlining your interest in the internship to lsanders (at) sfindiefashion (dot) com.

Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs

I’m going to the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs this Friday, and I’m stoked. Hope to see you there.

Call for Designers: Beats for Boobs

A look by Tamo Design from Beats for Boobs 2010, held last October at mezzanine

Beats for Boobs is headed back to San Francisco, and the organizers are currently on the hunt for local designers to participate in the breast cancer fundraiser’s fashion show. For additional details and to request an application, contact the fashion team at the email address below.

Beats for Boobs™  San Francisco 8th Annual Fundraiser: A Call for Fashion Designers

When: Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 6pm-2am

Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

What: We are currently recruiting new designers to participate in the 8th annual Beats for Boobs™ Fundraiser and Fashion Show.  Spend the evening in undercover style raising money for local breast cancer non-profits through a collaborative celebration of art, fashion, food and music.  To be considered, please fill out the Fashion Application and return to by August 15,2011.

Fashion Team Contact:

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Photography courtesy of Jim Vetter Photography

Why Indie Fashion and What are We Even Doing Here, Anyway?

When you do something for a long time, it makes sense every once in a while to take stock and ask yourself, why am I doing what I’m doing? What is the point? What is it all about?

When it comes to SF Indie Fashion, which has been chugging along in one way or another for nearly six years, I recently found myself meditating on indie fashion, what it means, and the underlying purpose for the site in one of my 3 a.m. lie-in-bed-awake-sessions, which I seem to be having far too many of these days. I thought I’d share some of those thoughts.

SF Indie Fashion started out as my place to publish all the information I happened to have on hand about local designers, local shopping and fashion events and Bay Area fashion news. When I started the site, local fashion news was very rarely covered by Bay Area media and blogs. There simply weren’t sources for this kind of information available in the way they are now.

Today, the Bay Area is positively exploding with web sites and blogs covering designers, fashion news and fashion events. It’s cool to see how much more attention is being given to the local fashion community in just a few short years. I expect this will continue…

The idea was always to cover the local, independent businesses that aren’t getting coverage in glossy magazines and by national media. Why? Because I admire small business owners and think small, independent labels are worthy of recognition, even if they are not selling wholesale to boutiques and stores across the country – or even the state – yet.

I also think shopping from independent businesses, especially those who are located right where I live, makes for a more meaningful consumer experience. I also think it strengthens the surrounding community in many ways. And I happen to like knowing where my apparel and accessories come from, buying recycled or secondhand whenever I can and generally trying to avoid fast fashion.

Over the last few years, I’ve come to think that many more people would shop local if it were easier. Local food is a near-obsession for many Bay Area-ites. I feel that way about fashion. It’s my hope that SF Indie Fashion will help those who enjoy fashion find local sources for the things they’re looking for.

So what is independent fashion? Local labels, thrift shops, high-end consignment boutiques, shops carrying local designers, independent shopping events, local fashion shows, San Francisco street fairs with apparel and accessories vendors, handcrafted wearables manufactured in San Francisco or nearby, vintage dealers, quirky people who make jewelry at their kitchen tables. All qualify.

Notice I didn’t say anything about trends or exclusivity or any of that b.s. I love a high-end handbag, lux labels, a velvet rope and a swag bag every now and again, but those aren’t the things I devote my time (much, much time) to writing about here. There are plenty of other people to do that.

Thanks for reading the site over the years. Hope you’ll continue. And I’ll keep trying to cover the local folks as best I can. And as always, any suggestions, get in touch.

Photo by Christophe Tomatis