May 30, 2015

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events This Week

The SF Indie Fashion Calendar is always full of events to keep San Francisco fashion lovers busy with trunk sales, beauty happenings, fashion shows and places to shop from independent sources.  This week is no exception. Here’s our pick of top events this week:

  • Start your style forays off this week by immersing yourself in the business of fashion and technology during RetailCamp San Francisco, a day-long conference exploring the intersection of fashion, social media and retail commerce. Aimed at business owners, the event is also open to bloggers, students and anyone interested in fashion and technology.
  • On Thursday night, head to SoMa and Fashion for a Cause, a benefit for the MS Society featuring local labels such as Kitty Andrews, Work SF, Invisible Hero and Rock Chiq, as well as a special guest designer from Sex & the City.
  • On Saturday, get your fashion fix starting early with a trip to the Mission for the Look Around Fashion Crawl & Trunk Show, which is part of the larger art exhibition Celebrate! San Francisco at the Mission Cultural Center. The fashion crawl starts at 1 p.m. and features outdoor fashion presentations and performances. A trunk show and reception follows and offers a chance to meet and shop from local, independent designers and businesses.
  • Later that day, explore fashion’s ethical frontiers during the Vegan Fashion Show, part of the Vegetarian World Fair taking place in San Francisco over the weekend. The first fashion show of its kind to hit the City, the afternoon event features a bevy of designers who create apparel without the use of fur, leather or animal byproducts. One of our faves? Cri de Coeur, maker of ethical, stylish footwear.

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

Photography courtesy of Cri de Coeur

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Win this Lia Kes Top, Help the Special Olympics

Tell me you haven’t felt a little bit guilty about spending half a month’s pay check on a Saturday afternoon shopping spree? Lia Kes has so graciously offered to eliminate that guilt and replace it with warm fuzzy feelings. If you love the twisted wrap pictured above, simply bid on it and know that all proceeds go to benefit the Special Olympics.

Hurry though, the donation doors close Friday night! Bidding Starts at $1 and the garment goes to the highest bidder. If you’re feeling so kind and inclined, you can go ahead and donate without being a part of this virtual silent auction here.

The Details on Bidding:

*You must “like”  Modelina Michelle and SF Indie Fashion Facebook pages

*Email your bid along with the rest of the sentence below to by 11 pm on 7/23.

Lia Kes has said, “My personality is…..(fill in the blank)”

Support the Locally-Made Movement: SFMade Fundraiser Launch Party

sfmade-logoSavvy follower of local fashion and locally-made products that you are, you probably don’t need us to tell you that there are companies right here within San Francisco city limits producing everything from horizontal-wale corduroys to artisan chocolates and kombucha tea.

But what you may not have heard about yet is SFMade, a new non-profit organization whose entire mission is supporting and promoting the companies and manufacturers behind these products, as well as the much-needed jobs they create.

“Since opening our doors in January, companies have been coming to us in droves. They identify with being part of the SFMade community, and they are looking for very specific assistance and resources to help them  run their manufacturing enterprises. We have really tapped into a need, and we’re the only organization focused entirely on supporting and building the manufacturing sector in San Francisco,” says SFMade Program Director Janet Lees, who founded the Fashion Industry Network program at San Francisco’s Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.

On June 9, SFMade officially launches its presence in the City with Ramp It Up!, a fundraiser soiree honoring Anchor Brewing Company Chairman Emeritus Fritz Maytag at the SoMa headquarters of Ritual Coffee Roasters. With a host committee chaired by Mayor Gavin Newsom, the party promises an opportunity to meet and shop local purveyors from the fashion, food, eco and home interiors industries while mingling with some of the most influential folks in the City.

The evening offers further enticements for local style hounds in the form of exhibits from labels such as Rickshaw Bags, Cordarounds, Baby Leo Designs, Couture by Juliet and Slainte Bags, among others.

We dare say it’s a not-to-be-missed event for anyone who supports the locally-made movement in San Francisco.

SFMade Ramp It Up! Fundraiser and Launch Party, June 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Ritual Coffee Roasters, 1050 Howard St., SF. Tickets ($35).

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Snap Judgment: Give Tool Frame Traveler


Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the new Give Tool Frame Traveler, $360. Along with making stylish travel gear ready for those upcoming summer trips, this local company donates 10 percent of its annual net profits to charitable causes.

Want to peruse the collection in person? RSVP to rsvp (at) shopgive (dot) com by May 31 for next week’s Give Trunk Show at Two Skirts, when 20 percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the San Francisco Parks Trust.

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