May 23, 2015

Snap Judgment: Turk + Taylor Little Bias Dress

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the sleekly simple  Little Bias Dress, $136, by eco-friendly San Francisco label Turk + Taylor. Available in black or grey organic cotton or black eco wool and jersey stripes, this basic-with-a-twist flatters with three-quarter sleeves and an asymmetrical v-neck draped panel.

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We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Indie Mart

A gorgeous sunny summer Sunday, a slew of designers and a crowd hungry for beer and D.I.Y. set the stage for last weekend’s Indie Mart at Thee Parkside in lower Potrero. After an eight-month hiatus, the well-attended event, a fundraiser for founder Kelly Malone’s ongoing cancer treatments, was back with gusto and a serious assortment of independent designers displaying their latest.

We strolled through the outdoor market, past groups eagerly hovering over the make-your-own terrarium table and digging into locally-made edibles near the entrance, to find a pop-up from on-the-move shop Shotwell, new work from designer Mariele Williams, a selection of super bargain-priced samples from Turk + Taylor, cute onesies and tees from Animal Instincts, tribal necklaces from Rachael Kinsey Designs and striking steel earrings from Push Pull Designs, among many others.

Below, a few pics from our adventure.

Mariele Williams shows off accessories from her Mariele Ivy line.

Williams creates necklaces, headpieces and earrings that combine natural materials, chains and antique sensibilities.

Notably on-trend for fall, tribal elements were easy to spot in jewelry from Rachel Kinsey Designs.

While prepping for its new space to open, Shotwell brought a selection of offerings, including lots of vintage pieces, to the event.

As for the new location's opening date, we were told it could be any moment, though there is still some building out to do. So keep your eyes trained on the shop's Facebook page if you're one of the many waiting with baited breath.

Animal Instincts owner Jamai Lowell with his apparel line featuring original sketches, many of which include San Francisco icons. As you might guess, we're big fans of the Sutro design and its "play locally" missive.

The Turk + Taylor crew: designers Mark Lee Morris and Andrew Soernsen with friend Camilla Thompson.

Jewelry from Push Pull Designs achieves its bright-meets-rugged look by using pigment and rust on thin steel shapes.

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Good Looks: A Shorts Story at Sutro Baths

What more does a girl need to enjoy summer than a cute tee, cut-offs and a pair of shades? You’ll find all three from San Francisco sources in this summer style shoot.

Shot by Marcie Franich at the Sutro Baths, this super-casual take on everyday summer staples features a t-shirt by local label Turk + Taylor, jean shorts made by the model’s sister, Meagan Ruiz, and sunglasses by Paolo Loves to Shop.

Like what you see? SF Indie Fashion readers can save 20 percent at Paolo Loves to Shop with the discount code sfindie.

Credits: photography courtesy Marcie Franich; model, Michelle Ruiz.

From Couture to Eco-Conscious: Linda Loudermilk at Clary Sage Organics

2009_Fiss.LindaLoudermilk-4515Clary Sage Organics treated San Francisco to a special visit from Los Angeles designer Linda Loudermilk on Thursday and taught us a thing or two about being eco-chic.

“When you get your inspiration from nature, it doesn’t look contrived,” Loudermilk says.

After achieving success on the Paris runways, Loudermilk switched gears in 2002 to develop what many credit as the world’s first eco-friendly luxury apparel line, and we’re certainly happy she did.

Now, seven years later, we just can’t get enough of her sustainable apparel (see the fall collection), made of innovative fabrics from plants such as bamboo and soy and manufactured using environmentally sound practices and fair labor standards.

Along with Linda Loudermilk, Clary Sage Organics carries environmentally-minded San Francisco fashion labels such as Mr. Larkin and Turk + Taylor, as well as its own collection of super soft organic yoga apparel designed by store co-owners Patti Cazzato and Daniel Kalish.

– SF Indie Fashion Contributor Michelle Ruiz

[Photo: Loudermilk, center, chats with a guest at Thursday’s trunk show event. Photo courtesy of Noami Fiss Photography]