May 30, 2015

JLD Jewelry Collection Launches

Oakland furniture designer Jason Lees has launched his first jewelry collection made using the same materials and aesthetic present in his handcrafted pieces for the home and inspired by minimalist sculpture, Japanese design, African tribal art and California mid-century modern craft. With a long track record of producing high quality goods in the Bay Area, Lees has serious ties to the local maker scene: he’s married to SFMade champion Janet Lees.

Available in his online shop, the JLD Jewelry Collection relies on chunky shapes revved up with blocks of color and hung on leather cords. Several could easily be worn by guys or gals, and we could see dressing several styles up by replacing the leather with a silver or gold chain of your choice.

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We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Urban Air Market

Last weekend’s Urban Air Market was a feast for the eyes, thanks to block-upon-block of designers and artists lined up to showcase everything from headpieces made of vintage mesh bags to furry throws and funky socks. Our intrepid photographer Jennymay Villarete made the rounds to capture designers on duty, as well as shoppers browsing the booths.

Below, a few of our favorite shots from the sunny Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. Check out our Urban Air Market Facebook album for many more.

Local model Kate C. spotted at the Maral Rapp booth. Rapp’s jewelry is made of repurposed vintage mesh bags.

Sakura of Tabbisocks

Gothic glam on display at the Dark Garden booth

April Hansen of Linquist Jewelry, a source for body chain pieces, among other handcrafted metalwork

Linquist Jewelry

Designer Stephanie Hoffman of Stephanie Hoffman Designs

A mother and child cozy up in furs by Gata Designs

Spotted at the Neoclassics booth

Silver Lucy of Silver Lucy Designs

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

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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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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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