May 28, 2015

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Indie Mart

A gorgeous sunny summer Sunday, a slew of designers and a crowd hungry for beer and D.I.Y. set the stage for last weekend’s Indie Mart at Thee Parkside in lower Potrero. After an eight-month hiatus, the well-attended event, a fundraiser for founder Kelly Malone’s ongoing cancer treatments, was back with gusto and a serious assortment of independent designers displaying their latest.

We strolled through the outdoor market, past groups eagerly hovering over the make-your-own terrarium table and digging into locally-made edibles near the entrance, to find a pop-up from on-the-move shop Shotwell, new work from designer Mariele Williams, a selection of super bargain-priced samples from Turk + Taylor, cute onesies and tees from Animal Instincts, tribal necklaces from Rachael Kinsey Designs and striking steel earrings from Push Pull Designs, among many others.

Below, a few pics from our adventure.

Mariele Williams shows off accessories from her Mariele Ivy line.

Williams creates necklaces, headpieces and earrings that combine natural materials, chains and antique sensibilities.

Notably on-trend for fall, tribal elements were easy to spot in jewelry from Rachel Kinsey Designs.

While prepping for its new space to open, Shotwell brought a selection of offerings, including lots of vintage pieces, to the event.

As for the new location's opening date, we were told it could be any moment, though there is still some building out to do. So keep your eyes trained on the shop's Facebook page if you're one of the many waiting with baited breath.

Animal Instincts owner Jamai Lowell with his apparel line featuring original sketches, many of which include San Francisco icons. As you might guess, we're big fans of the Sutro design and its "play locally" missive.

The Turk + Taylor crew: designers Mark Lee Morris and Andrew Soernsen with friend Camilla Thompson.

Jewelry from Push Pull Designs achieves its bright-meets-rugged look by using pigment and rust on thin steel shapes.

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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.

Local Fashion Leader’s Battle Against Cancer

Anyone who’s rattled around the San Francisco independent fashion scene in recent years has no doubt experienced the D.I.Y.-driven, all-indie, uber-creative and, above all else, intensely fun projects of Kelly Malone, founder of Indie Mart shopping events and creative space Workshop. A stalwart supporter of the local, independent design scene, Malone now needs support of her own to fight an ongoing battle with cancer.

A survivor of previous cancer battles, Malone was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer in April and lacks adequate health insurance to cover treatment costs. She headed back to the hospital this week for a new round of surgeries. You can read more details about Malone’s struggle in the latest Indie Mart post.

Since founding Indie Mart in 2007 in her Mission backyard, Malone has been hugely influential in helping the local creative, D.I.Y. and independent fashion movement thrive in San Francisco. Her events have low (only a $2 donation is often all that’s requested) admission, affordable vendor fees and almost no corporate sponsorship (PBR has been the major backer). But more than that, her events and Workshop space have given those who want to shop independent and local, learn new crafts and have a damn good time while doing it places to gather and more than ample good times.

Through the Help Kelly Kick Cancer for Good fundraising page, Malone hopes to raise $15,000 to cover the costs of treatment. If you’d like to contribute to the fund for this longtime cheerleader for all that’s local and indie, you can donate via Paypal.

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D.I.Y., Together: Workshop Opens

workshop-san-franciscoJust because you like to do-it-yourself shouldn’t have to mean doing it all by yourself. That’s the idea behind Workshop, a creative arts space opening on Saturday in San Francisco’s Western Addition from the founder of the widely-attended Indie Mart events.

“I wanted something really interactive. Indie Mart is really fun and people love to come out to it, but it’s not a place people can come on the regular,” Workshop co-owner and Indie Mart founder Kelly Malone tells us.

Inside the 800-square-foot space, what Malone dubs an “inspiration library” beckons artists and designers with a collection of books and reading materials meant to spark new ideas and projects. Ten sewing machines and screen-printing equipment are on hand for use in upcoming workshops, which will range from single sessions to multi-day classes on a wide variety of topics such as starting your own t-shirt line, container gardening, wine tasting for beer guzzlers and – Malone’s personal favorite – Rock ‘n Roll Sewing for Dudes.

“I wanted a place where even my completely craft challenged guy friends could come hang out,” says Malone.

To that end, beyond-the-crafty reasons to visit the space abound. There’s a ping pong table, a projector for movie nights and even a multipurpose bar for use during parties that doubles as a sewing storage unit and a place for turntables.

Almost everything in the place, save a few items scored from IKEA, was designed and built by Malone and her dad, a skilled carpenter, using reclaimed, recycled or donated materials. Chairs for use during group classes sit perched on a shelf when floor space is needed for events, while a sculpture incorporating over 1,000 recycled light bulbs offers a constant reminder that ah-ha moments are just waiting to happen.

To get in on the action in person, stop by the space on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 11 p.m. for an opening party featuring music and live silk-screening demonstrations, or visit the web site next week for a calendar of upcoming classes starting the week of Sept. 28.