May 22, 2015

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Holiday Indie Mart

Kelly Malone of Indie Mart and The Bold Italic combined powers just before the holidays for a special edition of Indie Mart that, not surprisingly, turned out to be a festive shopping occasion packed with Bay Area-produced clothing, yummy holiday treats, a crop of recycled cardboard trees to take home and decorate and a “Dirty Santa” for photo opps.

On the scene were merry shoppers and party-goers packed into the brand new Bold Italic office space on 34 Page Street to celebrate the fresh digs and pick up last-minute gifts. As often happens at Indie Mart events, a fun time was had by all.

Here are some of our favorite locally-made products from the evening:

Handmade leather bags by Hawke + Carry, handpainted by calligraphy artist Aoi Yamaguchi

The hip, 2011 version of Lisa Frank: cute little notebooks from Studio Nico.

Casa Murriguez's top seller of the night: Deliciously scented 100 percent lavander sachets.

Delectable treats from Black Jet Baking Co.

Dostoevsky Wooden Stencil by The Lamplighters. Use as a stencil or hang on the wall as art.

Locally made from organic ingredients, soap and soy candles (the wax becomes massage oil) by Heliotrope.

Recyclable and reusable cardboard Christmas trees that you decorate yourself from The Arbory.

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Photography courtesy of SF Indie Fashion


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

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

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Indie Mart

Design, music, free hugs, sunshine, and a do-it-yourself attitude were on display at Thee Parkside in Potrero Hill during Sunday’s Indie Mart, where local designers show off wares ranging from to tiny top hats to hardcore harnesses for Bay Area shoppers, all while supporting the Kelly Malone Cancer Fund (all donations went to the fund).

Indie designers, vintage scourers, artists, screenprinters, DJs, bands, fresh cupcakes, cheap beer and five dollar tee-shirts were all to be found at the latest Indie Mart, along with costumed revelers on their way to the Burning Man Decompression party. The weather was lovely, and everyone seemed happy to be out of doors after all the unseasonal rain we’ve had recently.

A row of bikes created a fence outside the Indie Mart entrance.

A wooden rack of recycled clothing at the One-Of-A-Kind booth.

Skull earrings, geometric necklaces and vintage apparel by Alexandria Vaun

Accessories occupy a vintage suitcase courtesy of Resurrect Designs

Making a statement with Le Petit Hats

Vintage Vantage's closeout sale, with five dollar tees and free hugs

Handmade jewelry and keychains by Big Things

Tees silk screened by hand from Mary Weather.

San Francisco-inspired designs on tees by Amos Goldbaum

Leather harness and leather cuffs by Skins On Skins.

"Magic is Real" necklaces and other accessories from Alchemilla by Jen Lorang

Leather bags and goods adorned with automobile details from Black Heart Industries

In the spirit of Halloween, face masks by One-Of-A-Kind

Rooster necklace by Rock Candy Jewelry Design

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Photography courtesy of Alexandra Naughton

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

Party Seen: Prolific 54 Apparel Launch

A male model looks cool in a blue Fillmore Windbreaker, South of Market Dress Shirt and plaid tie.

A line wrapped around the block at Horizon Ultra Lounge in North Beach on Saturday night for the official launch of San Francisco-based men’s clothing line Prolific 54 Apparel, a company that offers stylish (yet affordable) clothing for sophistication-seeking men.

A female model sporting the Laurel Heights Long Sleeve Plaid Shirt and little else.

“We love our Gucci loafers, but we also love our Vans. That’s what makes it so important for us to have our wardrobe be versatile enough,” says Prolific 54 co-founder John Wang.

Prolific 54 Apparel was started by friends John Wang, Jonathan Tam, Alvin Chan and Nick Pham, all of whom say they share a passion for style and design. Inspired by San Francisco and the fast-paced “work hard, play hard” lifestyle of city dwellers, the designers searched high and low to find just the right fabrics to make socially-responsible clothing that guys really want to wear.

“All of our clothes in various combinations could be would be worn for a wide variety of occasions,” Wang says of the label’s style. “They were designed for the young professional in mind. For instance, if one of our customers wanted to wear our our Fillmore jacket to work, the hood could be rolled into the collar and worn over a dress shirt with one of our ties, and one of our white crew necks as an under shirt. Once they were off work, meeting a few buddies at their favorite bar, they could easily throw on a snap back cap, take off the dress shirt and tie, roll out the hood and wear it with our white crew neck. This look instantly goes from work to play within a couple of seconds.”

The South of Market Dress Shirt meets the Tenderloin Jacket.

For the launch event, the velvet ropes of Studio 54 came to mind as men and women stood dressed to the nines outside, waiting to get the party started. Inside, DJs A-Plus and B-Simple were warming up the atmosphere with fun early-90s club jams and Top 40 hits while event-goers sipped champagne in exclusive VIP booths.

Hey, a little Jersey-minded style has its place, as with the Marina Short Sleeve Plaid Shirt shown here.

The fashion show was an exciting mix of modern shapes and patterns, with looks ranging from ultra-light windbreakers to raw denim and colorful plaid button-up shirts. Male models strutted on the makeshift catwalk that coursed through the club and were joined by lingerie-clad female models wearing Prolific 54 button downs and jackets and not much else. Bright colors, sharp patterns, partial nudity, slick jackets, fun neckties, classic button-ups, big Jersey-style hair and feather earrings all added up to create an exciting show in line with the Saturday night club vibe.

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Photography courtesy of Mike Borja

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