May 22, 2015

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Indie Mart

Booze, bands and browsing for vintage, handmade and unique bargains brought us to Indie Mart on another soggy Sunday afternoon.  The last street fair of the year before Indie Mart moves inside for the winter offered tasty treats, a hug wheel and even D.I.Y craft stations.

A $3 donation at the entrance covered the shopping, six bands and an after party.  Almost every vendor repurposes, recycles or has a great story behind their products. The vibe, although a little subdued by the rainy weather, was festive (especially once we enjoyed some amazing tater tots and a Bloody Mary or two).

Here are a few shots of what we found at Indie Mart:

Pictured below: studionico, Nous Savons, Black Heart Industries, Stuffed Misfit, Vintage Vantage, and Umbrella Shirts

Aqua Cherry

Stuffed Misfit

Black Heart Industries

Moonlit Circus

Hummingbird Vintage


Polka dot Robot

Photography by Christophe Tomatis

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Capsule

Not willing to let a little rain deter us from our shopping mission, we set out for Hayes Valley on Sunday afternoon for the Capsule Design Festival.  Held twice a year, Capsule brings together mostly Bay Area-based indie fashion designers and artists to sell their wares and show the public what they are all about.

Many of the clothes and jewelery on offer at the event can be found in local boutiques, but many items are available exclusively online or at shopping events like Capsule.

On Sunday, most of the vendors braved the elements, though some gave up on the day by lunch. There were far too many vendors to name them all, but here are some highlights and people we met:

Eden from Secession Art & Design

Secession Art & Design, a gallery, boutique, and workspace in the Mission, features clothing, art and accessories from an array of designers and inventory that is updated every two months.


We met the crew from Rise, whose original artwork and clothing are inspired by nature and feature eco-friendly materials.

Steam Trunk

Steam Trunk, a member of the Five and Diamond Collective, sells “antique street wear” using eco-friendly textiles in their designs.

Stellarocco‘s 100 percent cotton tees feature modern botanical designs. Jamai Lowell from Animal Instincts Apparel hand draws all of his San Francisco-inspired designs for tees, sweatshirts and onesies. Custom is a globally-inspired street wear brand.

Another shop we checked out was Archetype, a boutique focused on independent local and international designers that are both artistic and sustainable.  There were some clothing options for the guys, too.  SAA-Z designs was there selling screen printed and embroidered men’s shirts.

The Weekend Store

You could find jewelry made with pretty much anything (scrabble pieces, maps, and bubble wrap, to name a few).  The Weekend Store, based in Oakland, sells vintage jewelry made from typewriter keys, watch parts, books and more to make “beautiful things out of useless things,” according to owner Adjowah Brodie.

Sora Designs

Sora Designs hand makes all of her vintage- and nature-inspired jewelry in San Francisco.

Negin from Like Minded People

Last, but not least,  Like Minded People sells “clothing for the conscious inspired by life.”

Photography by Christophe Tomatis

Shop Talk: Where to Shop for Graphic T-Shirts in San Francisco

If you ask us, the humble t-shirt is the staple of every wardrobe. If you’re interested in finding original t-shirts that reflect your individuality while supporting local designers at the same time, then we have a few suggestions for places to check out that offer shirts you won’t find anywhere else. So get out there and get yourself a t-shirt (or two) that enhances your unique style:

Park Life: A great store in the Inner Richmond, Park Life has an excellent selection of unique graphic t-shirts and doubles as an art gallery. They have something for almost everyone, including prints, books, jewelery and design-oriented items for the home.

Fabric8: In The Mission, this boutique offers an array of locally-designed tees and an off-beat gallery in the back (including a sculpture garden and goldfish in the bathtub).

Lower Haters: Next comes this Lower Haight collective, which promotes fashion, art and design by local artists, as well as music and apparel.

Upper Playground: A constantly rotating stock of tees featuring designs by local artists and a large selection of gear will keep you coming back.

True: Actually three separate stores (for men’s, women’s and shoes) on Haight Street, this place is well-stocked with hip-hop and street-wear inspired graphic tee options, including local designs in an array of styles.

Free Gold Watch: What’s not to like about a place that makes unique shirts that you can watch them print on site?  The store has an awesome display of totally one-of-a-kind tees with a playful 80′s vibe and a great sales rack.

Gama-Go: A great source for locally designed graphic tees, the company started in a garage in San Francisco and sells its whimsical merchandise, now including kitchen and home accessories, in stores throughout the country.

My Trick Pony: Head here for custom t-shirt orders, as well as the shirts and greeting cards this local shop sells on its web site and in the studio. If you need it, they’ll help you create a design, and there’s no minimum order. For faster service, we’d recommend making an appointment before you head in.

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Photo courtesy of Park Life

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