May 22, 2015

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Urban Air Market

Last weekend’s Urban Air Market was a feast for the eyes, thanks to block-upon-block of designers and artists lined up to showcase everything from headpieces made of vintage mesh bags to furry throws and funky socks. Our intrepid photographer Jennymay Villarete made the rounds to capture designers on duty, as well as shoppers browsing the booths.

Below, a few of our favorite shots from the sunny Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. Check out our Urban Air Market Facebook album for many more.

Local model Kate C. spotted at the Maral Rapp booth. Rapp’s jewelry is made of repurposed vintage mesh bags.

Sakura of Tabbisocks

Gothic glam on display at the Dark Garden booth

April Hansen of Linquist Jewelry, a source for body chain pieces, among other handcrafted metalwork

Linquist Jewelry

Designer Stephanie Hoffman of Stephanie Hoffman Designs

A mother and child cozy up in furs by Gata Designs

Spotted at the Neoclassics booth

Silver Lucy of Silver Lucy Designs

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

New & Local: gr.dano Spring 2013

San Francisco’s gr.dano recently dropped images of its forthcoming Spring 2013 collection on the media, and we were glad to finally be able to share news of the design duo’s latest with readers. During a sneak peek of the collection a few weeks back, it was lovely to see new adventures in texture, color and draping appearing in the spring line alongside the label’s signature embrace of structural details, neutral hues and versatile shapes.

When the collection hits stores next year (440 Brannan Studio being the go-to place to find the line in San Francisco), expect to find plenty of the drapey details, solid colors, all-occasion dresses and skirts gr.dano has turned out in previous seasons. But along with these, you’ll also spot the label extending its aesthetic into new territory. The results are several pieces in a striking maize hue, prints with ethnic and tribal undertones, a playful romper in sophisticated stripes and – a favorite – a cropped lace jacket with a deep scoop-v front (above left).

As for designers Brian Scheyer and Jill Giordano, we hear they’re already thinking Fall 2013 from the subterranean studio they run in the back of 440 Brannan.

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We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Indie Mart

Indie Mart drew many to shop, imbibe and enjoy the sun.

The latest installment of Indie Mart drew local designers, artists, makers and their fans to Potrero flats for a sunny afternoon of independent shopping, outdoor strolling and, of course, drinking. We snapped shots of vendors manning booths stocked with everything from fused glass jewelry to vintage finds and mesh pendants. Read on to scope the pics.

Want more? Check out the entire album from our Indie Mart adventures on Facebook.

Topshelf Boutique, San Francisco’s first fashion boutique on wheels

Topshelf Boutique owner Christina Ruiz (right) mugs with a friend

Terry Kim of Violet Boutique

Violet Boutique

Violet Boutique

Designer Alexandria Vaun

Vintage apparel from Alexandria Vaun’s Indie Mart shop

BobbePin owner Dawn

A dress from Bobbepin

Resurrect’s Kate Morrow

Resurrect jewelry

Recherche’s Veronika Vitkova

Shoes and accessories available at Recherche

Sarah Hirneisen of Mediums to Masses

Pendants by Mediums to Masses

Designer Maral Rapp

Jewelery by Maral Rapp

Jewelry by Maral Rapp


Jewelry by Isobell

Creative Ninja’s Stacy Kamada

Notebooks by Creative Ninja

Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion

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SF Fashion Events: Secession 5th Anniversary, Beyond the Fence + More

For independent fashion fun this week in San Francisco, we’ve got our eye on events for work and play. Wednesday’s SFFAMA Google+ Workshop at FIDM promises tips and tricks for leveraging the social media platform to its fullest. On Friday, a Lower Bernal/Mission destination for independent design celebrates five years with the Secession 5th Anniversary Party full of art, jewelry and apparel by established and emerging artists and designers. Once the weekend rolls around, pick up bits and bobs for Burning Man at the Beyond the Fence Trunk Show, hunt down deals at the BCBG Ella Moss Sample Sale or check out baubles and Serial Cultura apparel in the East Bay with a stop by Shibumi Gallery’s Summer Party.

Find details on these and other upcoming San Francisco fashion events waiting on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar. And of course, as you know, it doesn’t stop there. We’re adding new fashion happenings all the time, so check back often.

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First Look: Kathleen van der Spek Spring ’12

Hitting stores in early April, spring and summer looks from San Francisco designer Kathleen van der Spek continue the Tommy Bahama alum’s laid-back take on California-cool daytime apparel. Below, find a sneak peek of what’s arriving in-store at retailers such as Conifer, Limu and Weston Wear this spring.

Can’t wait until then to see more from this line? You’re in luck. Kathleen is one of many local designers who’ll be sending their latest down the runway at tonight’s Lovesick 5.

Photography courtesy of Holman Photography for Kathleen van der Spek

Additional reporting by Sara Iravani