May 25, 2015

Now Available Online: Azadeh’s Pretty Peplums (+ More)

Longtime local label Azadeh announced the launch of a brand new web store this month packed with its namesake designer’s made-to-flatter women’s apparel. It’s pricey, yes. But the garments find their way on to many a well-heeled local’s wish list, thanks to their rep for great fit and more-than-just-a-season potential.

Exuding Azadeh style are the dresses shown above. Shoulder-skimming sleeves, feminine shapes and just enough detail to make them stand out from the crowd would be enough on their own, but the office-to-cocktail party potential maxes out the intrigue.

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How to Rock Local Gear at Outside Lands

What to Wear to Oustide Lands

San Francisco’s music event of the summer is here: Outside Lands is bringing awesome bands, performers and local food vendors to Golden Gate Park this weekend. Why not show off the best the city has to offer with a killer outfit built from locally-designed pieces?

Ladies, try staying warm in a cozy Micaela Greg sweater. Let your jewelry be fun and functional with a map necklace to keep you from getting lost and a watch to make sure you see your favorite sets on time. Gentlemen, take in the tunes in mocs from Taylor Stitch and keep the fog at bay with a jacket from local denim maker Tellason.

Check our list below to find the goods pictured above. Need something else for San Francisco’s (colder and foggier) version of Coachella? Head to BeGood Clothing, who’ll be hosting an Outside Lands sale on all the new shop’s festival-worthy gear.

Pictured above, from left the right:

San Francisco Map necklace, $24.

Micaela Greg Diamond Lace sweater, $308.

501 Original Fit Levi’s jeans, $78.

Taylor Stitch Red Patterned Chambray shirt, $125.

Convert + Jeffery Campbell Montauk sandal, $110.

Paolo Brown Buckle Ankle boots, $259.

Camilla Olson Silk-Chiffon Marigold scarf, $140.

Amour Vert Maxine Grey Stripes maxi dress, $114.

Ladies Steampunk Watch with Clockworks, $150.

Sarah Tejada Godfried bag, $176.

4sight unisex sunglasses, $49.

Young Love Outfitters Live Loud tote, $15.

Tellason Coverall jacket, $220.

Taylor Stitch Grey & Black California Bear Ballcap, $45.

Taylor Stitch Summer Linen Plaid shirt, $125.

Tellason Ankara Straight Leg jean, $198.

Green Chromexel Camp Moc (at Taylor Stitch), $230.

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BeGood Opens: New Shop Touts Feel-Good Fashion

BeGood co-owners Mark Spera and Dean Ramadan

Many people focus their lives on making the world a better place. Dean Ramadan and Mark Spera are doing their part by opening BeGood Clothing, a store nestled in Cow Hollow on Union Street that celebrates its grand opening on Saturday. Here’s why it stands out: BeGood Clothing only carries pieces with environmental, social or humanitarian impact (or a combo thereof).

Ramadan and Spera were initially inspired by international travels and philanthropic work, respectively. However, it was the success of Tom’s Shoes and its “one for one” philosophy that led the pair to open a retail store. When the former college roommates began scouting for philanthropic brands about six months ago, they discovered a plethora of stylish, socially-responsible, eco-friendly and fair trade brands.

“There are a number of causes our brands support,” says Ramadan.

Among them are donating books, clothing, toothbrushes and financial support to people in need both here in the United States and around the world. After searching for other brands that, like Tom’s, give back for every item purchased, the pair discovered numerous worthy companies. In fact, many of items they carry are from local designers, including Palo Alto-based eco-friendly label Amor Vert and San Francisco’s Jade of All.

Another feel good factor? For all eco brands in the store, BeGood Clothing has partnered up with local non-profit organization Project Open Hand to donate a meal for each item sold to those in need and unable to leave their homes. This way, Ramadan and Spera ensure that every time someone shops, another person in the world is helped.

The ethos doesn’t stop at what’s on the racks.

“The wood for the floors were the scraps from ten separate contracting jobs,” says Spera.

The flooring and even the dressing rooms are upcycled, while other decor elements that include metal birdcages, a painted door with vintage photos and a chandelier were all found at local flea markets.

Here are the vital stats:

Who: BeGood Clothing

What: A charitable boutique

Where: 2127 Union Street in San Francisco

When: Grand opening on Friday, August 3rd at 7p.m. Opened for shopping Saturday, August 4th at 11a.m.

Why: To stylishly act locally and think globally.

How (much): Prices range from $20-$160.

Look good while Be(ing)Good starting this weekend when the store officially opens.

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Maximize Summer with These Lovely Local Maxi Skirts

Let your hem down with the summer wardrobe essential: a maxi skirt. We’ve found some of the chicest locally-designed skirts to spruce up your closet.

Marine Layer‘s basic women’s skirt, $70, wraps a slew of neutral tones into one piece. A contrasting vertical back hem in black adds some sporty pizazz.

Curator‘s Claudine Skirt, $75, is the perfect balance of length and utility. A tie waist adds femininity, while the eco-friendly fabric keeps it in the sustainable style realm. Even better, this organic cotton maxi’s a deal: it’s currently on sale.

Alyssa Nicole‘s Accordion Pleat Maxi Skirt, $48, adds a feminine touch with its vertical pleats. Another plus: the textured maxi is also handmade.

Amour Vert‘s Mia striped maxi, $104, flatters the body with well-placed diagonal stripes. Its hidden pockets and ec0-friendly modal fabric make it a super soft and comfy winner.

Saffron Rare Threads now has a multi-print maxi skirt, $88, that looks like a piece of modern art.  The bold print will add flair to any outfit.

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Time to Deal: Try These Mid-Summer SF Sales

Cool off with some great deals at some of our favorite local, independent shops. The middle of summer means major markdowns on spring and summer stock, and we found some of the best steals of the season.

HeidiSays has three locations all within two blocks of each other on Fillmore in Pacific Heights, and all three have big markdowns.  Picks from  Rachel Zoe, Tibi, and Rag + Bone are just some of the few brands that are up to 60% off.

Carrots, located in Jackson Square on Montgomery, is having their Spring/Summer sale. With brands like Alexander Wang and Acne, who knows what kind of deals you might find!

Two Birds has new markdowns on their sale rack in their store on Castro Street in Noe Valley. Really busy right now? Fill out their personal shopping form to help save you time.

Gimme Shoes has just marked down a bunch of pairs to 50% off. With two locations in Hayes Valley (on Hayes and Gough) and one on Fillmore (at Washington), you have three ways to shop and save.

Ambiance is having a sidewalk sale at their location on Union Street July 21st and 22nd.  Refreshments and an additional 20% off sale prices? It’s almost too good to be true.

Mira Mira is having their major summer sale! This Mission boutique is marking down their prices up to 50% off brands like Mary Meyer and Shakuhachi.

McMullen Boutique on Grand Avenue in Piedmont is having their Last Chance Spring sale! They have a limited supply of stock with names like 3.1 Philip Lim and Black  Halo, so hurry in.

.meggie.San Francisco in Cow Hollow (on Union and Steiner) is having a sale on all sorts of items. From flirty florals to classic trenches, their sale rack is stocked with spring and summer essentials.

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