September 18, 2014

Tried & True: Skincare by Feleciai Shea Butter Cream in Lime Spearmint

Shea Butter Cream in Lime Spearmint from Oakland-based Skincare by Feleciai proves to be a thick, long-lasting and all-natural body cream with an eye-opening scent.

After testing this rich moisturizer made for all skin types for several weeks, we were pretty much addicted to the way our skin felt: hydrated, smooth and scented even several hours later. While many creams boasting eco-friendly, natural ingredients are too thin and watery for our taste, this shea butter concoction featuring jojoba oil and lime and spearmint essential oils went on like an expensive body butter and absorbed quickly into the skin. Its highly concentrated nature makes it a worthy salve for hands, cuticles, feet and winter-induced dry spots. The fact that it’s handmade in the Bay Area and priced at a reasonable $15 per 6 oz. container makes our relationship with this skin-saver even smoother.

Looking for a deal? Skincare by Feleciai is currently offering shea butter cream and soap duo for $20.

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Don’t Miss: Style Lounge

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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….

Saturday Night: Indie Fashion at Club 6

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Want a little indie fashion fix this weekend? Try Veni Vidi Vici, a party celebrating the latest release of Juxtapoz magazine at Club 6 on Saturday night. Along with art and music, the night features a fashion show with designers Mixer Friendly, Akire Pierre, Kittin Hawk and Cristalette.

Looking for something a little tamer? Try Feria Urbana, which gears up in Oakland during the day on Saturday.

But wait, there’s more. You can always find fun Bay Area fashion events listed on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

Check Out Our Chat with mio: Made in Oakland

fruitvale.gifHere at SF Indie Fashion, we’re interested in more than sales and indie fashion shopping events (though we certainly love those things AHLOTTE). As part of our mission to support the Bay Area independent fashion community, we’re all about new fashion businesses that bolster community while providing artists and designers with the resources they need to create and grow their businesses.

Not surprisingly, we jumped at a recent chance to chat with Hiroko Kurihara and Jennifer Evans of mio: Made in Oakland, a Unity Council-supported social venture in Fruitvale Village offering artisan sample development and product services to the fashion and design industries and living wage jobs to a growing team of skilled laborers.

With designer Kurihara at the helm as director and program manager and Evans as a key partner, the enterprise has successfully hired 10 people and has trainee groups of new workers starting on a continuous basis. For designers, the venture offers a 5,000-square-foot production facility and pattern-making, cutting, grading, hand-finishing and business consulting services.

Some excerpts from our conversation:

SF Indie Fashion: Tell us a little about mio and its mission.

mio: This is a not-for-profit social venture enterprise, and it’s a project of the Unity Council in Oakland. They’ve been a staple in the neighborhood for about 45 years. They’re in the heart of the Fruitvale neighborhood and have been providing comprehensive services – primarily to the Latino community – for that long.

mio represents the economic development component. We are looking to create 70 living wage jobs with benefits.

The way we do that is through creating this sample development and production facility with a focus on sustainable practices, living wage jobs that help sustain people in the Bay Area.

One of the services that we provide is design and business consulting.

We’re here to help support emerging designers with their design concept and with their business development.

SF Indie Fashion:
What does mio add to the Bay Area design community?

mio: The first and foremost way that we’re supporting designers is that we’re immediately local and accessible, and, primarily, we don’t require minimums, and that opens the doors to designers to be able to produce just one item, if that’s what they need.

Also, allowing people to stay in the Bay Area to pursue their intentions as far as design, aside from the global picture of not going overseas. Most graduates tend to leave the area because that’s where the resources are, this allows them the possibility [of staying here].

We have a full range of clients. We have people who come to us with barely a drawing to companies who are producing overseas and would like to pursue sample development here.

SF Indie Fashion: Tell us more about the workforce you’re building.

mio: Those jobs are mostly targeted to people in the area from low income or not working communities.

And we produce high quality work. And can guarantee that every one of our employees is paid a living wage with benefits.

SF Indie Fashion: What attracted you both to the project?

mio: We are both very interested in how a partnership between for-profit and non-profit ideals. It’s kind of a social experiment at the same time, to see where this can go.

If you’re interested in learning more about producing your work locally in partnership with mio, we encourage you to get in touch with this fab local venture.