December 27, 2014

Reliquary Opens in Hayes Valley

A reliquary is defined as a shrine for sacred relics. It is also one of San Francisco’s latest thoughtfully created retail experiences. Opening today in Hayes Valley, Reliquary is best described as a destination filled with curious ‘objects of desire’ that range from small production denim to turquoise jewelry and WWII-era lighters.

“You never know what to expect,”  says owner Leah Bershad of her new – and first – store.

Bershad, a five-year veteran Gap employee and Parsons graduate, quit her corporate job in May 2010 and headed to Europe to start picking uniquely special artistic items that would collectively shape the look and feel of Reliquary. She traveled throughout Paris, London and parts of Austria.

Peruse Reliquary’s blog, and you’ll discover inspiration from folk art, antiques and design in Bershad’s “unexpectedly diverse” and “tightly-edited” curiosity shop.

And while it will stock a great many unexpected objects, Bershad is clear on what the store will not be: It’s not consignment, nor will it have anything retro, she says.

Apparel includes French knitwear by Majestics, French basics by American Vintage, denim from North Carolina’s Raleigh and New York’s Court labels,and additional apparel lines Hazel Brown and Beautiful People. Accessories include scarves by Epice, leather goods by Clare Vivier, handbags from London by Jas MB and pouches by Sophie Nova, as well as jewelry from Annie Costello Brown and Studio Deseo. For the home, find solid handmade perfumes by Black Amber Balm and Cote Bastide potpourri and bath salts from France.

Other intriguing selections include a global selection of textiles hailing from America, Mexico, Japan, Peru and India, vintage French workwear, Navajo rugs, embroidered dresses from Afghanistan, Victorian-era gold jewelry, a collection of World War II Zippo lighters and more.

Check out the Reliquary grand opening event this evening at 5 p.m., 537 Octavia Street, SF.

Take a sneak peek inside Reliquary with these photos:

Navajo rugs and hand made racks

Antique beads from Nagaland

Reliquary hoard of turquoise

The Reliquary girl

Vintage tool bags

Photos courtesy Leah Bershad and Reliquary

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events March 14-20

Old and new are equally likely to capture the attention of San Francisco fashion fans this week, thanks to events and happenings focused on everything from upcycling to vintage fashion and the latest wedding products and services. Want in? Turn to the SF Indie Fashion Calendar or read on for our weekly dose of trunk sales, beauty happenings, fashion shows and places to shop from independent sources:

  • If you’re feeling hands-on this week, you’re in luck. There are several notable events for those who want to make, create and D.I.Y. For professional makers, there’s an SFMade orientation event that’s free and will introduce you to all the local non-profit’s programs and services. Also this week, learn how to make fingerless gloves at Urban Bazaar and upcycle items from your wardrobe during a two-day Remix Design Workshop that starts this weekend at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.
  • Friday’s opening shindig for new Hayes Valley store Reliquary offers a chance to get to explore the shop’s assortment of apparel, accessories, folk art and curious collectibles.
  • Once the weekend rolls around, vintage fans have one of the season’s best events to look forward to with the return of the semi-annual Vintage Fashion Expo. Over 85 dealers will be on hand offering apparel, accessories and textiles that hail from as far back as 1850 to 1980. While it’s not an event known for serious bargains, it is one that serious collectors and vintage connoisseurs never fail to have on their lists. We think it’s an excellent place to go for inspiration and unusual treasures you won’t find anywhere else. Students with valid ID can get in free on Sunday, and anyone can save $2 off the $10 admission with this coupon.
  • Brides-to-be in search of unique and local services for their big day may want to carve out some time on Sunday afternoon for the San Francisco debut of A Soolip Wedding, a popular wedding resource event that’s a favorite among SoCal almost-marrieds. Along with 40+ vendors showing wedding products and services, there will be a fashion show featuring gowns from Maiden Lane bridal salon Marina Morrison, a panel discussion with experts on topics such as etiquette and bridal beauty, a Champagne toast, raffle, cake tasting and a gift bag for attendees. Tickets are $35.

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