September 18, 2014

Clutch Move: Custom, Limited Edition Bags by BowensBergeron

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.

Available at Circle & Square, the bags ($750-$2,750) aren’t cheap, but they’re like little works of art that you can carry out on your adventures for many seasons ahead, thanks to their careful construction. We’re particularly enamored of the simply chic Jetsetter, sleek and curvy Aficionada and the architectural Trendsetter. Each features a wooden exterior, magnetic clasp and contrasting lining.

To view more of the BowensBurgeron clutch collection and scope fresh independent style by emerging artists and designers, visit Circle and Square online or in person at the Presidio Heights showroom (344 Presidio Ave., SF.).

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Fringe Festival: Triian Collection’s Modern Designs with a Tribal Twist

Cobra Head Necklace by Triian

Meteorite Ring by Triian

Silver Wing Necklace by Triian

Modern, hip accessories with a decidedly tribal twist? Why yes, we don’t mind if we do. A place to scope just that: the Triian collection by Lifetime’s Project Accessory winner Brian Burkhardt and Tricia Brookbank. Featuring hand-cast resin, Swarovski crystals and hand-cut leather, Triian pieces can take up to 10 days to create from start to finish.

Available at Circle & Square, the design duo’s jewelry is made in Burkhardt and Brookbank’s Miami studio and channels their equal emphasis on craft and style. Show-stoppers include the Cobra Head Necklace made of handmade resin snake head and alligator teeth adorned with Lavender crystals, finger baubles such as the luxe bohemian Meteorite ring and the Silver Wing Necklace, whose asymmetrical fringe design features a cascade of hand-cut leather strips in brown, tan and silver.

Add chunky bracelets, edgy chic earrings and pendants, and it’s a collection of independently designed accessories that stands out from the masses, but remains current – both qualities that helped Burkhardt achieve his television victory, which included a chance to design a capsule collection for Kenneth Cole.

To view more of the Triian collection and discover fresh independent style by emerging artists and designers, visit Circle and Square online or in person at the Presidio Heights showroom (344 Presidio Ave., SF.).

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Wood You Look: Sabi Collection’s Limited Edition Necklaces

We’re big believers in opposites attracting and more than a little in favor of bohemian earthiness mixed with a healthy dose of glam. So you’ll understand in an instant why we were taken in a glance by the Sabi Collection, a line of jewelery made by artist Jill McKeown using found wood pieces from specific locations and mixed with metals and chains.

Available at Circle & Square, necklaces ($70-$120) are available in series that carry the names of places where their materials were found. We’re especially enamored of the Bufalo 7, which hails from Buffalo, NY, for its clean shape and high-shine brass chain accent, as well as the dark imperfection of the Jersey Wood necklace and the glossy metallic sheen of the Boca Wood pendant.

A quietly luxe twist on the natural world, McKeown’s necklaces are the result of her science-meets-design background bolstered by degrees in both architecture and biology.

To view more of her work and scope fresh independent style by emerging artists and designers, visit Circle and Square online or in person at the Presidio Heights showroom (344 Presidio Ave., SF.).

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Look Different: The Perfect Transition-to-Fall Clutch

Transitioning to fall doesn’t have to mean a whole new wardrobe (in our dreams). Instead, stepping stylishly into the season ahead can be as seamless as finding an accessory that pops, but works with both your warm weather wear and the longer hemlines on the horizon. For that, we love the Willow Clutch by Bryna, an independent label with San Francisco roots.

Available at Circle & Square, this flat envelope clutch amps up its summery, woven texture by rendering it in cowhide and embossed ostrich accents perfectly in line with fall’s emphasis on hints of leather. With a roomy interior capable of handling the essentials for a night out during the busy months leading up to the holidays and an interior zip pocket, this is a bag that’s both chic and functional. The detailed construction and neutral hues dress this bag up enough to carry a polished jeans and t-shirt look or complement your next little black dress adventure.

For more independent style by emerging artists and designers from around the globe, visit Circle and Square online or in person at the Presidio Heights showroom (344 Presidio Ave., SF.).

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This sponsored style series brought to you by Circle & Square, a San Francisco boutique and showroom offering the best in independent design and accessories from designers and artisans around the globe.

How to Rock Local Gear at Outside Lands

What to Wear to Oustide Lands

San Francisco’s music event of the summer is here: Outside Lands is bringing awesome bands, performers and local food vendors to Golden Gate Park this weekend. Why not show off the best the city has to offer with a killer outfit built from locally-designed pieces?

Ladies, try staying warm in a cozy Micaela Greg sweater. Let your jewelry be fun and functional with a map necklace to keep you from getting lost and a watch to make sure you see your favorite sets on time. Gentlemen, take in the tunes in mocs from Taylor Stitch and keep the fog at bay with a jacket from local denim maker Tellason.

Check our list below to find the goods pictured above. Need something else for San Francisco’s (colder and foggier) version of Coachella? Head to BeGood Clothing, who’ll be hosting an Outside Lands sale on all the new shop’s festival-worthy gear.

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San Francisco Map necklace, $24.

Micaela Greg Diamond Lace sweater, $308.

501 Original Fit Levi’s jeans, $78.

Taylor Stitch Red Patterned Chambray shirt, $125.

Convert + Jeffery Campbell Montauk sandal, $110.

Paolo Brown Buckle Ankle boots, $259.

Camilla Olson Silk-Chiffon Marigold scarf, $140.

Amour Vert Maxine Grey Stripes maxi dress, $114.

Ladies Steampunk Watch with Clockworks, $150.

Sarah Tejada Godfried bag, $176.

4sight unisex sunglasses, $49.

Young Love Outfitters Live Loud tote, $15.

Tellason Coverall jacket, $220.

Taylor Stitch Grey & Black California Bear Ballcap, $45.

Taylor Stitch Summer Linen Plaid shirt, $125.

Tellason Ankara Straight Leg jean, $198.

Green Chromexel Camp Moc (at Taylor Stitch), $230.

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