May 24, 2015

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Jan. 24-30

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:

  • It goes without saying that we’re v. excited about the upcoming launch of the Retrofit Republic online shop in a few weeks. To tide us over until then, we’re glad to see a chance to shop from the San Francisco-based vintage source in person is on the horizon. Join Retrofit Republic’s Julia, Jenny and Genevieve on Friday at Somar Bar in Oakland for the launch of their spring 2011 video lookbook and a trunk sale showcasing their offerings for men and women.
  • Another reason to head east this week goes down Thursday night, when Piedmont Ave shop The Rare Bird hosts artist Kara Nelson and Revivify jewelry designer Molly Cruit for a reception featuring art and accessories made of recycled and repurposed objects and materials.
  • Come Saturday, you’ll find us stepping out in head-to-toe white and heading to Snow II, the second annual fashion showcase from the San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network. We’re especially looking forward to the night’s fashion show, which includes Bay Area designers and labels Verrieres & Sako, Joseph Domingo, gr.dano, Dcepcion, Daniel Sudar, and Cari Borja.

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

New Tweet: The Rare Bird Opens in Oakland

Piedmont Avenue’s latest destination for retail therapy opened this week, and we’ve got a sneak peek at what’s inside. Dubbed The Rare Bird, the shop stocks men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, items for the home, vintage finds and recycled items handpicked by owner Erica Skone-Rees.

Among the offerings from local designers you’ll find here are metal adornments by San Francisco jewelry designer Colleen Mauer and fashion-forward fleece by San Francisco label Apres Collective.

Like what you see? A fine time to stop by comes on Nov. 27, when the store throws down during a grand opening celebration.



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Photography courtesy of Kim Peterson for The Rare Bird

By the Numbers: fiftyseven-thirtythree Store Opens


The first retail location for Oakland-based brand fiftyseven-thirtythree debuts tomorrow with a grand opening party and all-day discounts for shoppers.

Known for its bold, pop-culture-infused graphics featuring such badass folks as Anna May Wong, this men’s and women’s apparel company will finally have a storefront of its own after several years as a regular on the local indie shopping event circuit.

Oh, and one more reason to check this shop out: In a moment of McGyver-inspired genius, co-founder James Dawson once fixed his broken-down car with a paper-clip (he also won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics for men’s badminton).

For more about fiftyseven-thirtythree, check out our interview with Dawson.

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Don’t Hesitate, Donate: Wardrobe For Opportunity Accessories Drive at McMullen


Turn what you no longer need into a fresh start for someone else – and save a little while you’re at it. Bring gently used accessories to East Bay boutique McMullen Thursday through Saturday during an accessories drive benefiting Oakland non-profit Wardrobe for Opportunity, which provides professional attire and career training programs to low-income job-seekers.

For your trouble, take 10 percent off any single accessory in the shop.

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Don’t Miss: Style Lounge


Head east on Friday night for the latest Style Lounge, taking place across the Bay at the Oakland Museum of California. Along with shopping from participating vendors and makeovers by the SF Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology, the event features a 10 p.m. fashion show from designers Revelation by M.E., K. Antoinette Collection, Oaklandish, O’Lover Hats, Helena de Natalio, Mama’s Little Babies, Andrea Wysocki, Versa Jewelry, Funky and Fabulous and Hearts Desire Jewelry.

And unlike many local shopping events aimed squarely at those of us on shopping missions, this one offers plenty to entertain your less-than-fashion-obsessed cohorts (and that’s always a bonus when you’re trying to round up the troops for a Friday night adventure). Along with the fashion show and shopping components, Style Lounge also includes a kids’ zone by the Chabot Space & Science Center, eight stages of live music, film screenings, a tattoo art exhibition, cocktail and food vendors and an official after party for attendees at the Uptown Nightclub.

Be one of the first to arrive on Friday, and you’ll receive a free tote bag from Oakland Unwrapped and a copy of Ready Made magazine. For details, check out the Style Lounge Facebook fan page.

Find more upcoming fashion events on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar….