May 27, 2015

SF Fashion Events: J-Pop Summit, SF Int’l Fashion Film Fest + More

If it’s local fashion you seek, there’s much to do in the week ahead. Start on Tuesday night with a visit to Terra Gallery for the Effen Vodka party and a showing of new work by San Francisco designer Bacca Da Silva. Later in the week, load up on last-minute looks for Burning Man during Wild Feather’s Pre-Playa Sale, shop local during 440 Brannan’s Mission Meets SoMa event featuring designers from The Mission Statement, scope out style on the silver screen at the San Francisco International Fashion Film Festival, meet the creative world of Fashionist’s Mai Le as part of the latest SF Creative Mornings event and, last but not least, get inspired by the magnificently edgy Japanese fashion on display throughout this year’s two-day J-Pop Summit.

Find details on these and other upcoming San Francisco fashion events waiting on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar. And of course, as you know, it doesn’t stop there. We’re adding new fashion happenings all the time, so check back often.

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San Francisco’s Best Black Friday Sales from Local, Independent Sources

Instead of big box mayhem and madness, you’ll find us using Black Friday and ensuing holiday shopping opps to suss out deals from local designers and independent boutiques – many of whom only have sales a few times a year. Read on for our growing list* of top Black Friday, Cyber Monday and holiday deals from locals.

RGB Gallery (3024 Fillmore St.) is having a weekend-long Thanksgiving Sale.

And yet more San Francisco Black Friday sales and events:

  • Skunkfunk: Shop the San Francisco stores on Friday for a choose your own discount promo that offers varying discounts up to 50 percent off printed on slips of paper that will be up for grabs in fishbowls by the registers. Or shop over the weekend for up to 30 percent off merch.
  • Rare Device: this Market Street emporium for all things creative will be having a Jewelry and Apparel Trunk Show + Sidewalk Sale throughout the weekend featuring clothing from SET Boutique and accessories by Prismera Design.
  • Y&I: Use the code BlackFriday2011 when you shop online to receive 30 percent off your order.
  • Spa Radiance: The day spa will offer 25 percent off in-store purchases of its gift cards on Friday from 9-10 a.m. and smaller discounts until 1 p.m. See details here.
  • The Harbinger Co.: Take 20 percent off items in the online store Friday through Monday with the coupon code GeeThanks11 at checkout.
  • Sui Generis: Save up to 50 percent in this pair of his and hers high-end consignment shops on Friday and Saturday.
  • The Mission Statement: Get a free terrarium with a purchase of $75 or more. Everything in the store, which specializes in local labels and designers, will be 20 to 50 percent off.

Not an exhaustive haul, but a select assortment (meaning places we actually really truly like) of sales and deals and coupon codes good for use starting this week:

  • Honey Cooler Handmade: From Thanksgiving until Jan. 1, customers can use the code 2011HOLIDAY to take 15¬† percent off all merchandise in this local lingerie and apparel designer’s etsy shop.
  • Sneakpeeq: Click this link to save 20 percent on your next purchase from the San Francisco-based social shopping site. This is a special badge you’d ordinarily have to earn by playing the game-meets-shopping opp.
  • DL1961: Log onto and enter INDIGO25 at checkout to receive 25% off all styles. Deal good Friday through Monday.
  • Peggy Li: Use “holiday11″ for 20 percent off purchases on
  • Blissmo: Save an additional 10 percent off this local company’s boxes of eco-friendly goods through Dec. 31 when you use the code greenfriday at checkout.
  • The Marin Store: Until Monday, November 28 at midnight, save 15% off at The Marin Store when you use the discount code TDAY.
  • Sasha Maks Vintage: Save 20 percent on this San Francisco vintage collector’s jewelry through Nov. 30. Shipping within the U.S. is free.
  • JenDarling: Use discount code jetset at checkout for 20 percent off purchases from this local designer.


*We’ll be updating this post constantly, so check back for the latest events, sales and deals.

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Sept. 19-25

San Francisco boutiques are throwing down this week with an array of parties, trunk shows and celebrations featuring style-minded fashion bloggers, independent designers and a slew of wish-list-worthy accessories. You’ll find the details on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

  • Also on Thursday, local designers will be on display during a 440 Brannan Trunk Show. Curated by Market SF Founder Jennifer Meyer, the event brings locally-made accessories and apparel from labels such as Skin on Skins and The Heated together with the SoMa showroom’s existing array, a group that includes gr.dano and Zansus Purses.
  • Come Saturday, spend a slice of your afternoon indulging in beautiful things at the Bell Jar Jewelry and Lingerie Trunk Show, feauturing work from What About Phoenix, Honey Cooler Handmade, Adina Mill and ME Moore.

You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

Stone Sophisticate: gr.dano Spring/Summer 2012

For Spring/Summer 2012, San Francisco’s gr.dano embraces its roots with a collection that relies on neutral hues and structural details in easy-to-wear silhouettes that manage to be relaxed, yet supremely polished.

During a recent conversation, the 440 Brannan-based design team’s Brian Scheyer described the latest from gr.dano as something of a return to the essence of what the label has always been about after a few seasons experimenting with color and shape. Now that we’ve seen the images of what’s ahead for spring, it’s easy to understand what he was getting at. He and Jill Giordano have combined textured fabrics ranging from modern chain maille knit and wrinkled nylon to classic seersucker into a series of everyday wearables featuring tucks, draping, folds and overlays that bring visual interest and surprises to the mostly gray, white and black collection.

The inspiration? The Textile Stone series by Danish Artist Pernelle.

The inspiration for the gr.dano Spring/Summer 2012 collection

Scheyer tells us:

“The natural color palette combined with its sculptural and unpretentious energy led gr.dano to design a collection of relaxed sophistication that is both recognizable and
refreshingly distinct.”

Where to find it this spring: boutiques around the country or at 440 Brannan St. in San Francisco.

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Photography courtesy of gr.dano

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events July 18-24

Summah, summah-ty-ime. This week we hope to be able to press pause on the space heater humming away in the corner and welcome a hint of sun. But no matter what happens, we’ll be warming up to local fashion events. A few of our favorite¬†San Francisco fashion happenings follow, and, as always, you’ll find the details on these and more on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

  • We hope there are three of you on Thursday night, because there are three worthy events happening at exactly the same time. So step one, clone yourself (then do it again). Next head to 440 Brannan Studio for Jonathan Rising, an event featuring the Japanese-inspired knitwear of Academy of Art and Rodarte alum Jonathan David Baker at 44o Brannan Studio. Adding to the intrigue, the event promises sushi and sake.
  • Across Market Street in a very stylish shop, those on the list will gather to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Poetic and Chic, the art- and fashion-minded blog from local writer and designer Annie Wilson. Who knows, maybe we’ll see you there.
  • Over in Hayes Valley on the same night, fans of style blogger Jessica Quirk’s What I Wore blog will congregate to celebrate her new book of the same name at Azalea boutique during an event hosted by ShopItToMe.
  • Sunday marks the return of Indie Mart after an eight-month hiatus. As you might expect, it’s sure to be full of debaucherous D.I.Y., local fashion, music and interactive antics ranging from sexy makeovers by Fox & Doll to terrarium making with Flora Grubb. Admission is a $3-$5 sliding scale suggested donation, and all proceeds go toward founder Kelly Malone’s ongoing cancer treatments.

You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.