May 22, 2015

Inside Gangs of San Francisco

Walls featuring repurposed wood and black-and-white photographs set the stage for displays made using vintage suitcases.

Faedi (right) and friend Heather (also the curator at Hotel Biron) put the finishing touches on a print before the opening party last night. The counter was made by Kelly Malone using the top of a cast-off desk and old fencing.

Faedi's prints ($25) of neighborhood names are an inexpensive way to add a local, graphic touch to a room.

The new Gangs of San Francisco store opened with a bash in Hayes Valley last night, and we were able to stop by for a sneak peek of the space before the shindig. The shop, built by Kelly Malone, impressed with its creative reuse of materials, while the San Francisco-themed t-shirts gave us a stylish lesson in local history.

Founded by designer Laureano Faedi, who’s designed t-shirt graphics for such companies such as Levi’s and Gap, the homegrown label has long been a staple at local shopping events such as Capsule and Indie Mart. The diminutive retail shop, formerly Fecal Face Gallery, doubles as Faedi’s workspace and offers a chance to shop the entire line of shirts inspired by Bay Area history.

“It’s almost like a way to help keep that history alive,” says Faedi of his shirts ($30-$50), which are printed almost exclusively using water-based inks and feature designs adapted from signs, lettering and imagery culled from photographs and ephemera depicting now-defunct local landmarks, businesses and sports teams.

A limited edition t-shirt featuring long-closed restaurant Zim’s was on offer for the opening night. Only 50 shirts were made. Others pay homage to the Sutro Baths, the Greater San Francisco Speedway, Ohlone Native Americans and Playland at the Beach. In addition to shirts, the shop also carries sweatshirts, prints featuring San Francisco neighborhood and landmark names and graphic pillows.

Want to see it for yourself? Find Faedi in his new shop on Sundays (12-4 p.m.) and Wednesdays (3-8 p.m.) for now. He’ll also be tweeting special hours.

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events June 6-12

Summer’s here, and we’re ready to unwind with local fashion goodness (even if we’re wearing scarves instead of swimsuits). So look to the SF Indie Fashion Calendar this week for events supporting a longtime supporter of the local fashion scene in her battle against cancer, serious deals from a local fitness apparel brand, a fashion show featuring local swimwear and much more.

  • Get in gear for the week ahead by doing good and having fun at the same time during Tuesday’s Kelly vs. the C Word Concert, a benefit at The Independent to help Indie Mart and Workshop founder Kelly Malone raise funds for cancer treatments and surgery. Two days later, another chance to support Malone beckons, when the City’s reigning D.I.Y. queen celebrates her first solo art show with an evening reception at Hotel Biron and a store opens around the corner featuring interiors designed by Malone (see details below).
  • A reason to scoot on up to Mill Valley arrives on Wednesday, when Bay Area-based fitness apparel brand Zohba holds a sample sale with tops and bottoms priced from $5 to $15.
  • Just around the corner from the art opening at Hotel Biron on Thursday night, local label Gangs of San Francisco throws a party launching its new Hayes Valley retail shop. With interiors designed and constructed by Kelly Malone using recycled wood and vintage materials, the store will house the brand’s limited edition graphic tees.
  • Friday night’s Merry Making at supperclub offers an opp to scope skin-baring apparel from Zoe Bikini, In Lush and Shirli while lounging over dinner on the venue’s white beds amid beats from DJs such as Martin Collins and Natalie Nuxx.
  • Close out the week at the intersection of fashion and art during Sunday’s Wire Wear show at Public Works. Presented by Elevation Salon and featuring music by The Black Ryder, the event showcases boldly-styled models donning artist Tuan Tran’s dresses made of recycled telephone wire.

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

To a T: 5 Shirts with San Fran Style






On a casual Friday afternoon such as this one (mid-January, a nip in the air, white-gray sky overhead, just about the time the post-lunch doldrums set in), we’re feeling extra appreciative of the soft cotton, simple silhouette and no-brain-power-required versatility that only the best t-shirts can bring.

In that spirit, we went on a hunt for enviable t-shirts by local independent labels. Here are five for which we’d gladly trade the shirts on our backs.

From top: White shirt with mink stole and pearls, Free Gold Watch;  Busted tee, Nooworks; Code Green shirt, Binary Winter; Ohlone Chiefs Mission Dist. t-shirt, Gangs of San Francisco; Needs More Wolves tee, Headline Shirts.

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