May 26, 2015

The Do List: SF Fashion Events Nov. 28-Dec. 4

If you’re looking to shop local and give items made by independent and fabulous Bay Area designers, artisans and creative folks this holiday season, the next three weeks are your oyster. There are a slew of great indie shop opps on the horizon, as well as a beauty fundraiser for public schools and a launch party you won’t want to miss. As always, you’ll find the details on these and many more great upcoming events on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

  • Pretty is as pretty does, right? Roll with that sentiment on Tuesday night during the kick-off party for the annual Maas Clinic Beauty for Books fundraiser benefiting San Francisco public schools. Bring five or more books appropriate for kids in grades K-8, and you’ll be able to pick from the medi-clinic’s stocking of free treatments (lasers, Botox, peels, among them). Local salons and beauty businesses will also be at the event to offer more beauty perks.
  • On Thursday evening, begin shopping local for the holidays at the Renaissance Center Holiday Gift Fair in SoMa. Many amazing local entrepreneurs and makers have benefited from the Center’s entrepreneurship classes and small business programs, and you’ll find many of them on display at this event, including Serial Cultura, Vanessa Gade, RGB Shop + Gallery and Taylor Stitch.
  • Also on Thursday, Hangr16 gets festive with the Wildlife Works Launch Party showcasing the label’s Ku Khanga collection of organic, carbon neutral t-shirts. The event will feature an exclusive exhibit of images used in the campaign and shot on location in Kenya by noted fashion photographer Peter Z Jones. It’s an invite-only party, and we’re betting many reading this are already on the list. But those who aren’t, well, use the power of Facebook.
  • A reason to cross the Golden Gate arrives on Friday evening, when the Designer Hub Opening Party takes over at Sausalito boutique and designer label Georgiou. The longtime Bay Area shop is opening up its mezzanine level to local designers such as Zoe Hong, Ken Chen and Danielle Pettee. The designers will be in-house design residents of the new space, and their work will be for sale there on an ongoing basis.

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

Spotted at Storefront Pop-up: Men’s Jewelry by Kate Ellen

At the collective space The Common last Thursday during a Storefront pop-up shop event hosted by DNA, we were taken with jewelry designer Kate Ellen and her array of intriguing jewelry for men. Recently listed among the ‘Best of San Francisco 2010’ for fashion and beauty by 7×7 magazine, the self-taught jewelry designer – who, it should be noted, designs for both men and women – gave us the run down on her men’s pieces.

What inspired you to design men’s jewelry?

I started designing jewelry to make things I wanted to wear, and likewise, with men’s accessories, I like to design things I would like to see a man wearing. I think about what I would find attractive on a dude, and I go from there. When I was a little girl, I was always fascinated with my dad’s garage, with all the tools and hardware, and in wonder that he knew how to use it all. My men’s stuff is an homage to the garage and to people who still know how to make and build things with their hands.

What type of man wears your jewelry? Do you feel it takes a certain type of man to pull off jewelry – or would you say it’s something any man can wear?

I think any man can pull it off. My line is comprised of throw-back and retro designs, like cuff-links, tie tacks and tie clips. So any man who has an occasion to put on a shirt and tie will look amazing in my stuff. The designs are very masculine and stylish, so both a dude’s dude and a really fashion conscientious man will look sexy.

Your thoughts on The Common Storefront pop-up and how this event benefited you as a vendor?

I love getting opportunities to meet other local designers and engage with people who appreciate local artisans. I love these type of events because they are so unique and creative – this is not your mama’s trip to the mall.

For more on Kate Ellen, check out our previous coverage here. For more on her men’s items, check out her webpage catalog here.

Photography courtesy of Philipp Striebe for Kate Ellen Metals; make-up by Nadia Metwally; styling by Lynsey Clark.