May 23, 2015

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.

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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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Snap Judgment: Summer Blue Pearl & Flower Statement Necklace

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: a romantic statement necklace with turquoise blue beads and a delicate fabric flower, $22.00, handmade and crafted by San Francisco’s Snobish Design, a local maker of affordable modern, bridal and custom accessories capable of complementing a summer dress anywhere from a backyard BBQ to a night out with that special someone.

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Sneak Peek: Vanessa Gade’s New Forme Collection

San Francisco jewelry designer Vanessa Gade‘s new Forme Collection launched over the weekend at L.A.’s Dwell on Design exhibition. Ushering in more of Gade’s streamlined, architectural approach to jewelry, the new pieces diverge from her past work with perfect circles and rectangles to focus on irregular geometric shapes in sterling silver, oxidized silver and 14K gold.

The collection ($75-$350) won’t be available for purchase until July, but Gade is offering a sneak peek of her latest necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings on her web site. Like her previous collections, her current pieces channel undercurrents of Japanese and Scandinavian design. The presence of delicate chains in many pieces adds complexity to the spare shapes. With their clean lines and modern aesthetic, Gade’s jewelry is understated in a way that makes it easy to where everyday, but is, upon closer inspection, a wearable work of art.

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Need Local Flavor? Try Jewelry by Salty Fox

The Lucy earrings, $64, pair classic gold hoops with rock chic leather triangles.

The Ella earrings, $64, are hung with sparkling pyrite nuggets.

The Sierra earrings, $56, combine vintage chain, hematite and spikes.

The Cleo necklace, $82, features pyrite cubes and recycled leather.

We’re big fans of locally-made jewelry that packs a unique flavor, so you can imagine we were taken with the adornments of San Francisco designer Megan Stacy and her Salty Fox line. Using metals, recycled leather and chains, the former Lela Rose intern aims to make necklaces, earrings and bracelets with sophisticated edge and affordable prices.

Read on for more about this local designer and her current collections.

Tells us a little about your line. How did you get your start? I launched my line a year ago with the aim to make affordable handmade jewelry that is both casual and refined. I had been working with a lot of silver and metalsmithing techniques in the past and wanted to do a line that was more accessible and less labor and cost intensive.  I also have a background in clothing and textile design and interned with Lela Rose in New York, but definitely feel really excited about working with metal and accessories now.

What are your favorite materials to work with right now? I like to use a lot of chain and stones that are both sleek and raw. I like everything to be clean and sophisticated, but not too sweet. I also use a lot of vintage materials and a bit of leather that is repurposed from vintage clothing.

Where can we find your work in San Francisco? Salty Fox can be found at Candystore Collective, Eden & Eden, Curator, Blues Jean Bar, Resident Artist Gallery, and Wonderland SF.  I also sell online. I tend to have one-off pieces at fairs like this and most pieces are discounted, so it is always good to come by shows like this if you are a fan. I will also be at all of the SF Indie Marts this summer at Thee Parkside.

Snap Judgment: Friedasophie’s Delicate Double Finger Ring

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: an alternative to the usually-bulky look of two-finger rings awaits in the Delicate Silver Double Finger Ring, $45, made of two one-millimeter silver bands soldered together and hand-hammered by San Francisco jewelry label Friedasophie.

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