May 30, 2015

SF Fashion Events: Dior – A Life in Pictures, Venus Superstar Trunk Show, Beauty Expo + More

This usually quiet down around these parts when a holiday weekend is on the make, and this week is no exception. But you can still find plenty of worthy adventures in style in the coming days. Drawing us out this week are the Dior: A Life in Pictures collaboration between Code Salon and The Factory, a Venus Superstar Trunk Show at Castro boit Fiat Lux and the weekend’s annual Beauty Expo from the SFFAMA. Also catching our attention this week are Wednesday’s Steven Alan Dossier Launch Party at the retailer’s new location and a Skimlinks Workshop hosted by SF Fashion + Tech for fashion publishers that delves into the latest in affiliate marketing.

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

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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.

SF Internship: Fiat Lux

Church Street’s Fiat Lux (a great destination for locally-made jewelry and fashion) is looking for an intern-slash-helper.

Here’s the word from co-owner Alexei: “We’re looking for someone good, who has another job, but who’s interested in being pretty tightly connected now and especially in their future, to the SF design scene. We work so closely with our designers that it’s a great opportunity, and it’s an especially good one for someone who also wants to study metal-smithing and jewelry making with Marie and me.”

If that’s you, contact the owners (Alexei and Marie) directly at fiatluxsf (at) gmail (dot) com.

A Reason to Go to Church: Fiat Lux

A peek at the brick-walled interiors of Fiat Lux

If you haven’t ventured down Church Street lately, here’s a new reason for fans of local fashion to do so: Fiat Lux, a 300-square-foot boîte of a boutique featuring locally-designed wearables for men and women, has just opened.

The latest project from Soul Patch Tattoo owner and jewelry designer Marie McCarthy and boyfriend Alexei Angelides, the brick-walled shop offers a well-curated selection of new items and a small assortment of consignment vintage.

Both McCarthy, who also owned the now-closed Haight Street shop Offbeat, and Angelides want to focus on local products from independent sources.

“If you’re supporting the people around you, I think that’s a good thing….I think it’s important to support original ideas,” says Angelides, who’s also pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy at Stanford.

Clothing by Ric Rac (by Archetype owner Jarred Garza), Menk, Project Transaction, Kucoon, B. Scott and Stella Neptune hangs on racks and chrome hangers installed on the walls, and there’s jewelry from Kittinhawk, Josie Adele, Venus Superstar, Betsy & Iya and McCarthy’s own line Fiat Lux, among others. As for the vintage, Angelides tells us current items include finds from Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes and Burberry.

A grand-opening party is scheduled for April 8.

Until then, check out the space in person at 218 Church St. (at Market) in San Francisco.