May 28, 2015

Foodie Fashion: Joshu+Vela XL Tartine Boat Bag Release

Tartine XL totes are limited edition and are on sale at the bakery (600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco).

Calling all fans of food and local fashion: Joshu+Vela has released a new bag in its capsule collection for Tartine Bakery. Sold only at the insanely popular bakery, the Boat Tote is one the company says will “last multiple generations.” More reasons to snag a tote with your next morning bun?

Made by a San Francisco company known for its attention to detail and thoughtfully-assembled products, the Boat Tote ($200) is a limited edition piece of 24-ounce, super sturdy canvas printed with the word “Tartine” on the front and the number in the series individually hand-stenciled on the bottom. Other features: solid steel hardware, solid copper washer rivets, leather handles and a leather shoulder strap.

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Alexandra is a San Francisco writer with a passion for style and creativity. You can find her on Twitter @theTsaritsa

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Thread Show

Shoppers came in droves to support San Francisco's independent fashion scene

On a late November Sunday, there was something for just about everyone at Thread Show, whether you fancy rock star jewelry made from guitar picks, saucy lingere with skull face cut-outs or just an afternoon spent amongst designers, down tempo DJs, and fans of local fashion.

Founded in 2003 with ten events per year, Thread aims to be a dynamic, one day retail event bringing the latest and greatest offerings from the local style world’s envelope pushers together under one roof. On the day of its most recent San Francisco event, rainy skies turned sunny just in time for the arrival of the VIPs, who got a chance to scope out the sale before everyone else.

Take a look at some of fun finds we ran across at the show:

Creating art at the Art Kills Artists booth

Funky macabre jewelry at the Bela Koi booth

Happily macabre jewelry at the Bela Koi booth

Men's shirts and outerwear at the Bridge And Burn sample sale

Hand painted flasks, cases and wallets by De La Luna Designs

Hand painted vintage shoes by De La Luna Designs

Tees and artwork by The Ivorys

Fur and leather accessories by The Feathered Leopard

Colorful denim by Future Standard

The SF Giants logo bejeweled on a pair of guitar pick earrings by Rock N The Trend

Elvis and Fender guitar pick earrings from Rock N The Trend

Leather and semi-precious mineral jewelry for pets and humans by Rockhound Pets

Adorably edgy undies and lounge wear by Stephanie Bondar of Honey Cooler Handmade

Mannequin sporting a Stolen Sunday Scoodie (a.k.a. a scarf hoodie)


Photography by Alexandra Naughton

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Alexandra is a San Francisco writer with a passion for style and creativity. You can find her on Twitter @theTsaritsa

In Pane Sight: Swankety Swank

Prim and proper dress with pretty print and little white gloves

In the window at Swankety Swank: popping colors, bold blazers, refurbished furniture, trendy housewares and plenty of stylish threads made by local master-craftspeople with the conscious consumer in mind.

Swankety Swank is an artist retail co-op that carries an assortment of locally-made (and reasonably-priced) goods, including Art Furniture by Yabette (founder of Swankety Swank), wearable art by Phoenix Zoellick, Miranda Caroligne’s clothing made from salvaged textiles, deliciously-scented Neives Natural Handmade Bodycare, wild-inspired jewelry by Sexi Seaweed and so much more.

Below, a few quick shots of the shop from our window-stalking adventures.

Clothing for men and women that's handmade by local artisans.

A paint-splattered blazer makes a bold statement.

A modern approach to a 1920s-style hat.

Swankety Swank, located at 289 Divisadero Street, a Panhandle boutique specializing in local, handmade goods.

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Alexandra is a San Francisco writer with a passion for style and creativity. You can find her on Twitter @theTsaritsa

Good Gov’t: Mayor Lee Launches FashionSF

Mayor Ed Lee tours the Cayson Culinary Designs facility on Oct. 25 (image via flickr)

Who says San Francisco doesn’t care about style? Even the Mayor’s office is getting behind the local fashion industry with the launch of FashionSF, a new program that’s part of  the City’s Start Here, Grow Here, Stay Here economic development initiative.

Introduced on October 26 at longtime local manufacturer Cayson Culinary Designs in the Bayview by Mayor Ed Lee, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen and local fashion industry executives, the program dedicates city staff and resources to supporting the growth and retention of apparel companies operating in San Francisco.

You don’t need us to tell you that San Francisco has a rich history in fashion and garment manufacturing. Along with major labels such as Levi’s and Gap, there are many smaller companies producing garments within city limits. (For more on that, check out our recent coverage of SJ Manufacturing, a SoMa-based company that works with many local start-up apparel lines.)

But while there are many fashion designers and manufacturing companies based in San Francisco, Mayor Lee thinks there could be far more:

“FashionSF brings together the private sector, educational institutions and the City to work towards a singular goal – to make San Francisco the preeminent location for fashion designer and apparel manufacturers,” said Mayor Lee in a statement. “I am committed to ensuring that apparel and design companies of all sizes can start, stay, grow and hire right here in San Francisco, driving job creation for all San Franciscans.”

So what does that all mean, practically speaking? The City will have a dedicated staff position to serve as a central point of contact to the fashion design and apparel manufacturing industry. A committee dubbed The Fashion Working Group and headed up by co-chairs Roger Kase of Isda & Co and Janet Lees of SFMade will guide and provide support for the initiative, while the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) will be collaborating with the Fashion Working Group to pinpoint key industry needs, challenges, opportunities, and develop a Fashion Action Plan to prioritize and address.

“These are exactly they types of businesses we want to attract, support and have grow here in San Francisco,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen in a press release. “These small manufactures hire local residents and invest in our local communities.”

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Alexandra is a San Francisco writer with a passion for style and creativity. You can find her on Twitter @theTsaritsa

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire

Old-fashioned glam and styles from another era took over The O Room during the recent Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire, a semi-annual event co-founded by Sandra Michan (check Sandra’s vintage shopping tips). In the mix? Everything from neckties to housewares to dress patterns.

Inside the O Room, itself a vintage-lover’s dream with swanky chandeliers shining from the ceiling and soft music playing faintly in the background, there was a wide range of garments, accessories, crafts and other treasures for ogling and perusing.

Read on for some of our favorites from this year’s Faire:

Vintage buttons become something new with Valerie Valentina’s pretty statement jewelry pieces.

Valerie Valentina working on one of her original designs.

Valerie Valentina

The Vintage Girly booth was full of gorgeous furs (including a show-stopping full length fox fur), Erté-esque art deco statues and smart accessories.


Vintage Girly

Shoes and accessories from Vintage Girly

Jillian of Joules Jewels Vintage, new to the Bay Area, started her company selling jewelry, but has now incorporated retro threads into her line.

Joules, Bay Area newcomer and the brain behind JJV.

Joules Jewels Vintage

1950s drop waist dress from Joules Jewels Vintage

Vintage frames, handbags, and other accessories at the MK Retro booth.

MK Retro's booth included snazzy sunglasses and handbags.

Necklaces, brooches, and other precious accessories at the Lapin booth.

Antique style necklaces from Lapin

Juniper Tree Vintage had quite a colorful assortment of vintage brooches, necklaces, and bracelets from which to choose.

Bright retro brooches by Juniper Tree Vintage.

Juniper Tree Vintage

More great baubles at the Juniper Tree Vintage booth

Papillon Antiques came all the way from Arizona to share its diverse retro collection.

Halloween figurines decorated the Papillon Antiques booth.

Dress patterns from the 1950s to the 1980s at the Papillon booth

Dragonfly Meadows, a Portland-based shop specializing vintage prints, featured fun posters in the Halloween spirit and rare Henry Clive prints, dating back as far as the 1920s.

Halloween-themed framed vintage prints adorned the Dragonfly Meadows booth

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Alexandra is a San Francisco writer with a passion for style and creativity. You can find her on Twitter @theTsaritsa