May 27, 2015

New & Local: gr.dano Spring 2013

San Francisco’s gr.dano recently dropped images of its forthcoming Spring 2013 collection on the media, and we were glad to finally be able to share news of the design duo’s latest with readers. During a sneak peek of the collection a few weeks back, it was lovely to see new adventures in texture, color and draping appearing in the spring line alongside the label’s signature embrace of structural details, neutral hues and versatile shapes.

When the collection hits stores next year (440 Brannan Studio being the go-to place to find the line in San Francisco), expect to find plenty of the drapey details, solid colors, all-occasion dresses and skirts gr.dano has turned out in previous seasons. But along with these, you’ll also spot the label extending its aesthetic into new territory. The results are several pieces in a striking maize hue, prints with ethnic and tribal undertones, a playful romper in sophisticated stripes and – a favorite – a cropped lace jacket with a deep scoop-v front (above left).

As for designers Brian Scheyer and Jill Giordano, we hear they’re already thinking Fall 2013 from the subterranean studio they run in the back of 440 Brannan.

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From Trash to Treasure: Meet Piece x Piece Apparel

A box of fabric samples headed for the trash led San Francisco designer Elizabeth Brunner to found eco-friendly clothing company Piece x Piece, which sells women’s apparel made from textile scraps and remnants that would otherwise end up in landfills.

While interning for local label Isda & Co, the California College of the Arts alum was tasked with sorting through boxes of samples and discarding what the company no longer needed.

“I had a really hard time with the thought of these beautiful fabrics going to the dump so, I asked if I could take them home instead, which I was allowed to do. The boxes sat in my garage for a year while I finished my last year of studies and, after that, I began working with the swatches,” says Brunner.

Making its debut in September, the line reuses fabric remnants from Bay Area labels such as Isda & Co., gr.dano and Erica Tanov. The cast-offs donated from these companies are then pieced together to fit patterns, and many feature hand-stitched details.

“The design process is laborious from start to finish, sourcing the fabrics, picking them up and placing them together, as well as everything in between. Every garment we make has a substantial amount of attention paid to it,” explains Piece x Piece collaborator Reeves Sinnott.

Influenced by classic menswear, the line of one-of-a-kind, limited edition garments ($176 and up), currently available at 440 Brannan Studio, includes a versatile v-neck tank, a little black dress, high-waist wrap skirt, patchwork tank top, cropped vests and knee-length shorts.

The result is a line that’s not only eco-friendly and based right here in San Francisco, but a source for unique style – all things we treasure.

Photography courtesy of Michelle Blioux for Piece x Piece

Dress for Less: gr.dano Sample Sale


If there’s a San Francisco-based fashion label that’s getting the lion’s share of the fashion buzz lately, it’s got to be gr.dano. Not only was the brand selected recently for the California Design Biennial (past honorees have include the likes of Rodarte and Trina Turk), but we hear through our trusty sources that a slew of celebs and more than a few prominent fashion publications have been scoping the line for upcoming appearances and style shoots. For the time being, we’ll stay mum on the particulars, but suffice to say that this is one local label poised for recognition far beyond the Bay Area.

And that’s all the more reason to head to the first gr.dano trunk show and sample sale, taking place today and tomorrow at 440 Brannan Studio, where you’ll often find the label’s Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer hard at work on the line. It’s a rare chance to snag current and past season items from the line at up to 80 percent off retail.

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indi By Appointment Launch Party


Your body knows what it needs. If made-to-measure custom jeans are on the list, then move your body on over to 440 Brannan Studio tomorrow night for a glimpse at indiDenim’s indi By Appointment service, now available in San Francisco.

We hear that custom martinis, personal appointments with indiDenim stylists, a 30 percent discount card and a chance to win free jeans are also part of the evening’s festivities. Can’t make it tomorrow, but still interested in custom jeans? You can now schedule an appointment anytime and get fitted without leaving the City.

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