May 26, 2015

Giveaway: Win an Afternoon of Inspiration at Pulp Fashion

We love Scoutmob. Not only do they offer great deals in this crowded sea of group-buying sites, but they’re all free. We also love Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, who fashions simple paper into the most incredibly intricate sculptural pieces. Lucky for us, today Scoutmob is offering 50% off tickets to see Pulp Fashion, an exhibit of de Borchgrave’s work at the Legion of Honor – and it’s totally free.

To fatten up the deal, the awesome folks at Scoutmob are giving prizes to two lucky SF Indie Fashion readers who subscribe to Scoutmob today. That’s right…two lucky art lovers will each receive two free tickets to Pulp Fashion and the accompanying exhibit catalogue. To enter to win, just join the SF mob. Makes that crane we just folded look like child’s play.

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The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Jan. 31-Feb. 6

Isabelle de Borchgrave, Marie de’ Medici, 2006, inspired by a 1595 portrait by Pietro Facchetti in the collection of the Palazzo Lancellotti, Rome. Photo: Andreas von Einsiedel

January flew by, and this week lands us firmly in February 2011. How we ever got this far, we haven’t a clue. Good thing 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. Here’s our pick of top San Francisco fashion events this week:

  • Unlike most weeks, this one has not one, but two notable happenings on usually-quiet Monday night. As designer Joui Turandot prepares to move on to new pursuits and a new styling business, she is holding a closing party to bid adieu to her eco-friendly clothing label Vagadu. Stop by her studio for up to 50 percent off her one-of-a-kind clothing, as well as fabric freebies and some additional surprises (we hear those include celebratory singing and some bubbly).
  • Also on Monday, another eco-minded style diversion is a draw in SoMa, where local non-profit Global Action Through Fashion presents an evening on Fair Trade that includes speakers Jeff Denby of PACT Underwear, Tierra Del Forte of Del Forte Denim fame and Fair Trade USA, and Matt Reynolds and Scott Leopold of Indigenous Designs. It’s a chance to learn more about Fair Trade issues surrounding apparel production from some of the most prominent Bay Area players in the field.
  • On Thursday night, it’s your chance to get crafty with your Valentine’s Day to-do list during the monthly Craft Bar with Etsy Labs event at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, during which you’ll be able to make cards and envelopes (provided by local stationary company Hello Lucky) embellished with the help of letterpress printing courtesy of the San Francisco Center for the Book and pop-artist Sister Corita’s iconic love-themed images.
  • Saturday marks the opening of the much-anticipated Legion of Honor exhibition Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, on view in San Francisco through June 5. The first American museum exhibit of the Belgian artist’s work, the show features de Borchgrave’s elaborate dresses constructed entirely of hand-painted paper. Included are gowns inspired by early European and Renaissance-era dress, as well as more contemporary examples that draw from famous couturiers such as Christian Dior and Coco Chanel.

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

Photo courtesy of Andreas von Einsiedel for the Legion of Honor

Amanda Archer’s Very Affordable Wedding Gowns


We love the sweet, somewhat ’50′s sauciness of this white party dress from the new Legion of Honor collection by Amanda Archer. The latest looks from the designer (a Lily Samii alum) include multiple white dresses – some short and some long – that we think could easily walk down the aisle of a casual California wedding. And priced at $200-$500, Archer’s dresses are totally affordable alternatives to a traditional wedding gown.

A custom dressmaker for brides and bridemaids that’s created work for many folks in the SF Indie Fashion community, Archer is a designer we’ve watched since the earliest days of SF Indie Fashion. We know she’ll be spreading her version of San Francisco style to Portland, where she relocated earlier this month. We’re sad to see Archer go, but heartened to know she named her collection after one of the most beautiful spots in San Francisco. Click the pic above to see more of Archer’s latest or visit her etsy shop to buy…

Want more fab finds and news from local designers? We thought so. Keep reading in the SF Indie Fashion local designer section…