May 28, 2015

Don’t Miss: Storefront Holiday Pop-Up

Opening this weekend in San Francisco is STOREFRONT: Holiday Pop-Up brought to you by DNA (designers+artists) and Free Gold Watch. This free-to-attend event showcases local designers, designer vintage, art and great gifts in one sweet spot.

Here’s what you need to know:


Opening weekend: December 3rd & 4th
Hours of Operation: Saturday 12-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm


at Free Gold Watch Studio: 1767 Waller St (xStanyan)


Shop for your gift guide necessities from men’s and women’s clothing from Violet Boutique, great designer vintage, art prints, stationery, holiday dresses by Alyssa Nicole and one of a kind jewelry from Sophie Monet and best of local designers.

Get custom screen printed t-shirts done on-site by Free Gold Watch. Plus some exclusive items from DNA (the shop).

Complimentary drinks courtesy of Argo Tea and specialty cocktails by Root + Snap

Photography courtesy of Violet Boutique

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Party Seen: Carrots 4th Anniversary Celebration

Sisters Melissa and Catie Grimm, who co-own CARROTS, celebrate the boutique's 4th anniversary

Ultra-chic boutique CARROTS, nestled in San Francisco’s posh Jackson Square neighborhood, celebrated its 4th birthday last Thursday evening and drew a crowd of uber-stylish San Franciscans, among them the evening’s hosts Taylor of Sterling Style, Samantha Rudd & Kendall Asmuth of Sequin Harvest, Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34 and Caitlin of Sacramento Street. Read on for pics and detes from the night’s festivities.

Hosts Erin of Apartment34 and Caitlin of Sacramento Street strike poses in pairs of sweet sunnies.

Sam and Kendall of Sequin Harvest ventured into the City for the night from Napa to co-host the event and, of course, shop.

Taylor of Sterling Style

It’s no surprise that it was a working celebration for owner’s Catie and Melissa Grimm, as family, friends, shoppers and some of the city’s most style-savvy fashion bloggers such as Heather of Heather in a Candy Shop, Tara of Wonder Girl, Britt & Whit of Britt + Whit and Krystal of This Time Tomorrow oohed and ahhed over the boutique’s seemingly endless supply of lust-worthy goods. Needless to say, it was impossible to walk out the door without something on.

Party-goers take a break from shopping to catch up on the latest and dish

Josh of the Bon Vivants concocts one of many specialty cocktails served during the event.

Scott and Josh of  The Bon Vivants were busy behind the bar, where they speedily mixed up a few of their deadly delicious specialty cocktails (Pilgrim Punch, the Potrero Buck and the El Rio, to name a few) to keep guests going strong as they perused the merch.

Party-goers found items from such local designers as Geoffrey Young, Isly handbags by Sobia Shaikh and scarves from Camilla Olson in addition to the  a’bout + CARROTS pop up shop, the Grimm Sisters’ collaboration with designers Dean Hutchinson and Yunchieh Chang of Toronto-based a’bout, whom they have have teamed up with to create an exclusive line.

The party in full-swing

Carrots will no doubt be celebrating its 5th anniversary just as stylishly. If you can’t wait that long to snatch up some goods, and we don’t blame you if you can’t, you can find the Grimm sisters at 843 Montgomery st. San Francisco, Ca 94133.

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Photography courtesy of Colin Day

Your Mission: Shotwell Pop-Up Shop

If you’ve been ever-so-patiently waiting for the opening of the new Shotwell store in the Mission, a pop-up shop at Engine Works this weekend brings an all-too-brief chance to shop the local retailer’s inventory.

The sale takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Mission art space, whose “highly designed and well crafted interior is in direct opposition to the desolate and seedy surrounding of Capp Street,” according to the missive sent this morning from Shotwell. While we don’t think a stroll down Capp Street is necessarily all that gritty (just don’t do it in flip-flops), we’d recommend heading over for wearables from Momoca, Kasko Begovic and Aziz Habibi, as well as a Sunday performance from the SF Rock Project and an appearance by the folks from Workshop.

Shotwell Pop-Up Shop, Aug. 6-7, 12-6 p.m., at Engine Works, 190 Capp St., San Francisco.


We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Indie Mart

A gorgeous sunny summer Sunday, a slew of designers and a crowd hungry for beer and D.I.Y. set the stage for last weekend’s Indie Mart at Thee Parkside in lower Potrero. After an eight-month hiatus, the well-attended event, a fundraiser for founder Kelly Malone’s ongoing cancer treatments, was back with gusto and a serious assortment of independent designers displaying their latest.

We strolled through the outdoor market, past groups eagerly hovering over the make-your-own terrarium table and digging into locally-made edibles near the entrance, to find a pop-up from on-the-move shop Shotwell, new work from designer Mariele Williams, a selection of super bargain-priced samples from Turk + Taylor, cute onesies and tees from Animal Instincts, tribal necklaces from Rachael Kinsey Designs and striking steel earrings from Push Pull Designs, among many others.

Below, a few pics from our adventure.

Mariele Williams shows off accessories from her Mariele Ivy line.

Williams creates necklaces, headpieces and earrings that combine natural materials, chains and antique sensibilities.

Notably on-trend for fall, tribal elements were easy to spot in jewelry from Rachel Kinsey Designs.

While prepping for its new space to open, Shotwell brought a selection of offerings, including lots of vintage pieces, to the event.

As for the new location's opening date, we were told it could be any moment, though there is still some building out to do. So keep your eyes trained on the shop's Facebook page if you're one of the many waiting with baited breath.

Animal Instincts owner Jamai Lowell with his apparel line featuring original sketches, many of which include San Francisco icons. As you might guess, we're big fans of the Sutro design and its "play locally" missive.

The Turk + Taylor crew: designers Mark Lee Morris and Andrew Soernsen with friend Camilla Thompson.

Jewelry from Push Pull Designs achieves its bright-meets-rugged look by using pigment and rust on thin steel shapes.

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Joshu + Vela Launches Online Boutique

Charcoal waxed black leather backpack by Joshu + Vela

The roomy, durable Joshu + Vela A-Tote

This just in: the folks at Joshu + Vela, the handmade organic tote and backpack company, have launched an online store. Ranging from $195 to $300, these bags are made from USA-born materials, natural dyes and premium leather.

As always, all the dyes used are from plants–like indigo for the blues and mango leaves for the yellow hues. Leather accents and straps are vegetable-tanned, and solid brass hardware means they’re in it for the long haul.

In February of 2011, Joshu + Vela worked with Tartine Bakery’s head chef Chad Robertson and manager Sierra Zumwalt to create a custom tote sold exclusively at the local eatery, whose lines regularly stretch out the door and around the corner. Two styles were designed: a one-strap crossbody shopper with steel adjuster and a traditional two-handled tote.

Tartine shopper from Joshu + Vela.

To scope the latest from this local label in person, head to the Joshu+Vela Pop-Up Shop at The Common, which celebrates its opening tonight at the Mission store. You’ll also find select bags at such boutiques in San Francisco as General Store in the Outer Sunset and Unionmade near Dolores Park.

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