The BowensBergeron Clutch Collection is just about everything we’d want an independent fashion line to be: each bag is made of eco-friendly materials and recycled wood in the U.S.A. in signed, numbered limited editions of 25. Designed by Tamara S. Bowens and handcrafted by A. Ray Bergeron, the clutches are custom made and take up to a month to produce. The result is streamlined style that pairs an earth-friendly ethos with modern, minimalist panache.
Part of San Francisco Fashion Week, the cozy knits of local designer Scott Ian McFarlene paired easygoing wearability with eye-catching patterns and varied textures. Our contributing photographer Jennymay Villarete snapped a few choice looks from the cozy collection during the designer’s Fashion Week preview in SoMa last week.
Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the luxurious Lacehole Leggings, $245, part of the new fall line-up from San Francisco knitwear label Micaela Greg. Made of super-soft Italian Merino wool, the sheer black leggings featured an artful starburst pattern that brings visual interest to covered gams.
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.
Stylish ways to step into October: head to the Peninsula’s Crimson Mim for a Freda Salvador Trunk Show featuring the Bay Area label’s debut footwear line, venture north to Marin for the Zohba flagship store opening from the eponymous activewear label or save your energy for the weekend, when Secession Art + Design hosts an opening reception for its latest show and Beats for Boobs brings a fashion show with local designers to mezzanine in support of breast cancer non-profits.