October 31, 2014

Go South: 49 Square Miles Opens Retail Shop

49 Square Miles, maker of laidback-luxe handbags and accessories we’ve coveted for years, has given us a stylish reason to head south. Now open on the ground level of its South San Francisco headquarters, the new 49 Square Miles retail shop offers a chance to peruse the latest from the four-year-old Bay Area accessories line.

Launched by Lisa Rissetto in 2007, the company is known for roomy leather hobos in rich hues and has expanded in recent years to offer jewelry, scarves and a line of outfit-making leather belts. Until now, fans have had to either shop online or hunt down the label at its stockists (locally, the list includes Nest and Carrots). But the new shop – open for now on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment – means a chance to view a large number of items from the brand in one place.

Along with regularly-priced merch, we hear the shop will also offer marked-down styles from previous seasons, samples and one-of-a kind prototypes in a 1,000-square-foot space outfitted with vintage display pieces.

Want to see it for yourself? Head to 160 S. Linden Avenue #200, South San Francisco. For appointments, call 415-904-0690 ext 20.

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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.

2 Days to Save at Christopher Collins

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A holiday sale kicks off tomorrow at the Christopher Collins boutique on Sutter St. If you go, be sure to ask Christopher about Bella. We’re sure he’ll be happy to cluck about her….

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A Look Inside Christopher Collins

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We were delighted to duck inside the new Tendernob boutique from Christopher Collins over the weekend. The first shop from the eponymous San Francisco designer blew us away with its collection of sophisticated women’s wearables.

Today, we’re sharing a few pics of the space. Want more? Be sure to check out 7×7.com Glamwatch tomorrow for SF Indie Fashion founder Lorraine’s story on this new San Francisco shop.

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