May 22, 2015

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Vintage Fashion Expo

There was much to see hanging from the racks and strolling the aisles of the most recent Vintage Fashion Expo in San Francisco. We sent our contributing photographer Jennymay Villarete to bring back choice shots from the two-day, semi-annual event.

See below for a few of our favorites and visit us on Facebook for the full album.

Photography courtesy Jennymay Villarete

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Saved From Extinction Down Under: SF’s New Sunski Sunglasses

Sunski glasses will be revived, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign to recreate the vintage frames. (Photo courtesy of Sunski Campaign on Kickstarter)

Meet Tom Stewart and Michael Charley. The two run a small product development company based in San Francisco and recently launched what’s turned out to be an uber-successful Kickstarter campaign to revive what would have been a sad extinction in the world of vintage sunglasses.

A few years back on a surf trip in Forster, Australia (just north of Sydney), Tom came across a pair of sunglasses sitting on a table outside a local surf shop. Drawn to the shades’ vibrant colors, Tom bought all the remaining pairs the store had to offer and went on to rock the sunspecs on both the waves and shore for the remainder of his trip.

So the story goes, when Tom continued to wear his new shades after his return to the States, people constantly asked where they could find them. Eager to hunt down pairs of the whimsical shades for his friends, Tom called the Forster surf shop only to find that they were completely sold out. Next, he hunted down the original manufacturer of the frames, called Sunskis, and learned that the manufacturer had gone out of business decades ago. The Sunskis he’d bought were apparently among the last pairs in existence.

Putting their product development minds together, Tom and Michael hatched a plan to resurrect Sunskis for the modern day. Pairing the original frames’ colorful 80′s-inspired look with up-to-date lenses that block 100 percent of the sun’s ultra-violet rays, the design duo aims to produce “a high quality, hand crafted pair of sunglasses that look as unique as the original and feel even better,” says Michael in the campaign description video on Kickstarter.

It seems fans of retro sunglasses are game. While they’d hoped to raise $9,800 to help pay for the tooling and making of molds for the new Sunskis, the two passed the mark in just three short days. When the campaign closes today, it will have exceeded its goal by over 1300 percent and raised a jaw-dropping $143,000 or more for the project.

Want in? The first Sunskis are expected to land in donors’ hands by September.

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We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: All Vintage Everything ft. Fancy Fine & Mousevox

All Vintage Everything drew vintage shoppers to the Mission.

New Generation Vintage had a full collections of bags, shoes, jewelry, clothing on sale for the evening.

Myra Joloya & Lirany Vasquez, the lovely ladies behind DNA (designers+artists) Pop-up shop.

At the recent All Vintage Everything pop-up shop from DNA (designers+artists), shopping and vintage fans turned up at the Sub-Mission Gallery for the clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry from a roster of vendor hosted by local favorites Fancy Fine and Mousevox Vintage.

The Sub-Mission Gallery’s discreet, unsuspecting location was the perfect setting for the pop-up of 10 different Bay Area vendors selling a treasure trove of items.

I bee-lined past the bar in front for the racks and, while perusing one stocked with designer labels and then venturing to other vendor tables, I found a huge assortment of affordable, hand-picked thrifted sundresses, blouses, silk trousers and more.

The sweet selection of goods is no accident.

DNA founders, Myra Joloya & Lirany Vasquez explained:

“We love vintage clothing, and we curate each pop-up shop to host vendors that we are familiar with and like. San Francisco is a hub for some of the best vintage. This shop makes it easier for people to afford designer brands and recycle clothing.”

Didn’t make it this time around? The creative collective organizes four, seasonal pop-up shops a year: one for fall, winter, spring and summer. Stay up to date by visiting the DNA facebook page and continue on for more shots from the night:

A shopper with featured bloggers Ashley Ording of Fancy Fine and Rachel Combs of Mousevox

There was no shortage of leather bags and gorgeous hats at this pop-up.

Clothing and accessories varied in price from well-thrifted steals to designer gems such as this black and red Moschino blazer.

Sellers taking a break to chat about their vintage finds.

Keepsakes and jewelry displayed amongst racks of vintage clothing.

Fashion Blogger Isla Murray and Fancy Fine's Ording share a drink and a few laughs in between clothing racks.

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Photography by Sara Iravani

The Do List: SF Fashion Events Feb. 29-March 4

Leap year babies celebrate, and then it’s on to March and more than a few style happenings on the horizon. The week revs up tonight with Poshmark’s first San Francisco Live Posh Party, where you can don a party dress and hope to sell it before the evening’s through. Thursday packs a slew of events into one night. Head to Cow Hollow for the Sasha Maks Vintage E-Boutique Launch Party, to the FiDi for a Refinery29 shindig at Bastille and to SoMa for the darkly edgy Supreme Beings Fashion Show featuring new work by San Francisco designers IIMUAHII and Ilanio. Next, try stripping down to your skivvies for free clothing on Friday at Union Square’s Desigual before stepping back into your sophisticated self for a Saturday Camilla Olson presentation on the Peninsula.

See you out and about!

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

The Do List: SF Fashion Events Jan. 23-29

On the style forecast this week: plenty of snow, the kind that’s actually conducive to heels and comes around but once a year. Snow, A White Fashion Event is back with its annual show featuring all-white collections from local designers and an audience clad in outfits to match. Also on the horizon this week: another Do-It-Yourself Marketing event at TechShop San Francisco put on by jewelry designer Shana Astrachan and Genevieve Robertson of Lightbox SF, a men’s vintage fashion show in the Mission, the return of Geek Style Lounge and the kickoff of the Treasure Island Flea winter pop-up.

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