May 25, 2015

Gallery of Jewels Brings Local Bling to Union Square

Bringing locally-made bling and baubles to Union Square is the newest location of Gallery of Jewels, a San Francisco retailer with a 20+ year history in the City. With a Saturday opening bash on the horizon, it’s prime time to hit up the shop, where you’ll find at least 25 Bay Area lines on display and a general emphasis on work from small, independent artisans.

“We want to promote ¬†artists who are sitting at their benches making the jewelry and shy away from those involved in mass production,” says Bill Hoover, who owns the shop, as well as its Noe Valley and Pacific Heights locations, with his wife, Dona.

Step into the Post Street space for a wide variety of merchandise, including local names such as Sarah Swell, Carolyn Hunter, Gretchen Walker and Sakura Haru.

The shop also has a solid rep for custom work and repairs.

“Since we have access to so many great artisans at our fingertips, the store can pretty much build or repair anything. Repairs may include ring sizing and jewel replacement. We do a ton of custom orders, where clients can build a piece from scratch and even do stone cutting,” Hoover tells us.

Ready to go? An opening celebration takes place at the Post Street location on Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m.

Photography courtesy of Gallery of Jewels

More San Francisco fashion news

Party On: Desigual San Francisco Opening Bash

How do you throw a party? Lots of tapas, even more sangria, DJ Chuck Love (who also sings, plays guitar, flute, horn and keyboard) and … a marching band. That’s what Barcelona-based retailer Desigual did earlier this month with the help of OM Records and 944 Magazine at its new Union Square store (101 Powell St. @ Ellis).

The “atypical” store launch was their way of saying Hola! to San Francisco. Over There was approx 1,700 people came through the store for the launch, including VIP attendees such as philanthropist and socialite Joy Bianchi, Alice Radio’s Hooman, Project Runway contestant and designer Christopher Collins, celebrity hair stylist Jerome Molles and 944 Magazine’s Erica Henderson and Dorian Beach.

Check this hot-of-the-press video love letter to SF and photos from the launch party below:

If you missed this one, no worries. You can attend Desigual’s Friends & Family Event in San Francisco on Friday, March 11. See, try, buy the new Spring/Summer collection – first. And at a discount. Cocktails, Food, Music, presented by 944 Magazine. Let Desigual know you’ll be attending.

Can’t make on the 11th, either? Then sign up online for the FREE amig@ card – get more party hookkups, special sales, gifts and start earning reward points.

And, this just in: The Desigual Undie Party is coming to San Francisco this summer; more details coming. Curious? Check out the NYC video from last fall.

Photography courtesy Damien Miller of Sapient Studios

Sponsored by Desigual

Shop the Season’s Trends with Vogue & LACOSTE

It’s not every day that a style-hungry girl gets to shop with the help of an expert fresh from fashion bible Vogue, but that’s exactly what awaits you Thursday night during the magazine’s holiday shopping event at the LACOSTE boutique in Union Square.

While you shop, learn about the latest trends from a Vogue Market Stylist, enjoy an informal modeling presentation and music from a live DJ. Even better? Drop $100 or more, and you’ll receive a special gift in the form of a $25 LACOSTE gift card.

Whether you spend it on yourself or someone special is up to you. Either way, it’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

This post sponsored by Vogue

Black Out: You, One Hue and Shotwell


Wear black (like you weren’t going to be wearing at least something in that hue already…even if it’s your cell phone…or the bottom of your shoe…or…or…eyeliner!) for 10 percent off tonight at Shotwell. Also, $3 drinks. Also, DJs. Also photos by Micah Weiss and a free after party nearby at 800 Larkin.

You might say it’s the rare party where complete black outs would be most welcome….

More upcoming fashion-y fun….

Even More San Francisco Post-Holiday Sales

I never thought I’d say this, but I am starting to get almost weary from news of more sales. I mean, it feels like practically everything everywhere I look is on sale. It’s enough to send someone like me into a frenzy. Good thing my wallet and I are trapped inside with too much work to do!

Hope my fellow fashion fans out there can take advantage of some of the sales hitting the city this week. Without further ado:

- Maneater Threads: The San Francisco-bases online retailer is going out of business. I think that’s sad. But the silver lining is the savings you’ll find as the store clears out remaining inventory. Through Jan. 15, use the coupon code Toutie50 to save 50 percent on purchases of $150 or more. Use the coupon code Closing to save 40 percent on purchases of $100 or more.

-Red Dot: The Mill Valley store is closing and the Marina location is having a clearance sale through the 11th. Savings range from 20 off furnishings to 60 percent off additional clearance.

- Acrimony: This Hayes Valley boutique has marked a slew of its inventory down by 50 to 70 percent. You can shop online or scour the racks in person.

- Sample Angel: The Presidio Heights designer discount shop starts its sale on Thursday night. We hear the store has ton of size 6 Corso Como shoes in stock at 70 percent off retail.

- Flaunt: This Cow Hollow boutique’s annual January sale starts this Thursday. Among the deals: 50 to 75 percent off clothing and accessories, 20 percent off jewelry and premium denim for $69 to $75.

- The Blues Jean Bar: Buy a pair of jeans here at full price and receive 30 percent off the rest of your purchases through Jan. 15. Sale denim is going for 50 to 75 percent off, and TOMS shoes are marked 40 percent off.

- London Sole: I blogged about this sale on the 7×7 Glamwatch blog this week. The Maiden Lane go-to for comfy, stylish flats has $60 bins with lots of choices. Sale lasts through Jan. 12.