On Thursday night, Lookbook.nu, Designers + Artists and San Francisco’s new SOMA venue The Common joined forces to put on a super fun shopping party. Some of the city’s most creative local designers and vintage sellers were there, the bar was open, and an excellent, yet-to-be-named band played. Music, shopping, beer: you can’t really beat that combo.
Regarding the shopping (and I am usually regarding the shopping), I was particularly taken by Van Kim Le’s Love + Keep knitted metal jewelry. Don’t ask me how you knit metal chains — I have a hard enough time with yarn. But the results are gorgeous. The pieces reminded me of Arielle de Pinto’s crocheted jewelry, but Love + Keep’s price points are much more accessible.
Another favorite was Mob Shop Underground’s vintage selection. Founder Lauren Bingham and her fiance Al (newly engaged and awesome couple) were on hand to helpfully: 1. confirm that the seemingly tiny Missoni skirt I had my eye on was indeed extremely tiny, saving me the humiliation of trying to squeeze it on, and 2. help me find three other amazing vintage dresses (for a grand total of $90) that I loved and that fit me perfectly.
Another vintage shop that looked fab but that I unfortunately didn’t have much time to shop in was Ringo’s (check out her rocking outfit below) Totally Hand Picked vintage. Luckily, she has an eBay shop!
I also chatted with Christine Aiko Beck of Aiko Designs, who displayed a wide-ranging collection of refined and gift-worthy earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Thursday was also the soft launch of a new collaboration (with Beck’s friend Iris) called Kana (site coming soon), which will soon be available at egg and Urban Mercantile in Cole Valley. One of their personalized necklaces would be perfect for a friend, mom or co-worker.
One last vendor I should mention, the Junque Shoppe, where you can go for trashy-chic, $4 per pound finds every weekend from 11-6 at 250 Industrial St. (two blocks east of Alemany Flea market). If one of the proprietors a furry-licious vest is any indication of their offerings, I’m totally there.
Check out the rest of my photos from the evening. The band was impressive — now they just need a name! Have you decided on one yet, guys?