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.
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.
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.
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.
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.