Warby Parker in Hayes Valley

by meg on January 30, 2015

Warby Parker Glasses

I first started wearing glasses in college—and wore them for about 3 years. One day they broke in half (I sat on them), and being an unemployed recent graduate at the time, I decided to forego getting a new pair right away largely because they were too expensive. Then a curious thing happened—after about year (yes, that is how long I waited) I went to get my eyes checked and I found out that, crazily enough, my vision had returned back to 20/20. I should have been happy, right? Despite the miracle of restored vision, I was actually a bit sad that I didn’t have to wear glasses. They were a cool…accessory.

That was 1998 and at the time the words cute and inexpensive were not usually conjoined in describing eyewear. Until of course, Warby Parker came along years later.

Last night, we had the pleasure of attending the opening party for Warby Parker in Hayes Valley. (They’ve actually been open for about two months now, but their initial party date had the misfortune of landing on the inception of #Stormaggedon 2014—hence rescheduling.) We enjoyed the library-esque design: bookcases filled with hardcover titles that were organized by color, reading nooks with leather seating, reference desk signage over what might normally be a service counter (it was a DJ station and bar last night). We also instantly recognized the cityscape murals and art throughout the space as the work of local designers and illustrators, Lab Partners (the duo designed the cover for our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide).

Perusing the selection, I started thinking of wearing glasses again—partly for style but mostly as a cover-up for my allergy-ridden eyes in the coming spring months—and starting at $95 a pair; it’s really a no brainer.

Hmmm, maybe I should get two.

Warby Parker Hayes Valley

Warby Parker Reference Desk

Warby Parker Reading Nook

Warby Parker Lab Partners

{Photographs by Lisa Wong Jackson}

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Jimbobart

by Anh-Minh on January 29, 2015

jimbobartI was just going through some photos of my trip to London last fall, and couldn’t help but smile when I came across the above, which was taken in the Jimbobart shop in Shoreditch. Designer James Ward’s line of ceramics, prints, and stationery revolves around his expressive animal drawings. Among them is the underwear- and cape- and mask-clad bear, a life-size version of which graced the store during my visit.

While his work feature a range of animals, some with text some and some without, my favorites always seem to involve cake! A close second: anything that depicts an affinity for cheese. There’s plenty more to see here.

jimbobart_cakeplate jimbobart_deer jimbobart_crackers

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Drywell Art

by Anh-Minh on January 28, 2015

drywell_sfI’ll be the first to admit that my kitchen doesn’t have a lot of personality—stainless steel appliances, stone counters, gray backsplash, cherry-wood cabinets. So I like to rotate the art in the space to keep things visually interesting. (My pots and pans aren’t good-looking enough to create some kind of lovely vignette with them!)

Fortunately, there’s enough wall and counter areas for me to display art. I can’t remember how I first discovered San Francisco-based Alyson Thomas’ creations, but I’m sure glad I did. She operates under the moniker Drywell Art, and has an online shop. Thomas describes her work as “quality art for eaters and drinkers.” My favorites are any of the ones that exude a little humor.

drywell_banhmidrywell_rump drywell_bloodymary

{ Images via Drywell Art }

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Joie du Jour Stationery & Events

by meg on January 26, 2015

Joie du Jour Journals by Ferme a Papier

A couple years ago, Cat Seto invited me to breakfast after she had returned from Paris. In her email she had told me about how energized and inspired she was by the trip—and how it resulted in a flurry of new illustrations and most notably, a new illustration style. As I scarfed down a plate of blueberry pancakes, she personally demonstrated her new painterly-illustration style in what would later become the Ferme à Papier line, which she launched in 2013. Watching her hand at work, drawing carefree strokes that manifested into a set of mismatched chairs or a single leaf tethered to peach—they all seemed to hold an effortless magical quality and definitely a Parisian flair.

So it’s not surprising that Chronicle Books took notice and collaborated with Cat to produce a line of stationery called Joie du Jour, a collection including a journal, notecards, and labels.

Even better, if you want to meet this local Bay Area artist, you’re in luck. Just in time for Valentine’s Day (I know, January is almost over!), Cat has two upcoming events: a pop-up shop at the W Hotel on February 5th and, for those with more DIY inclinations, a night of paper-making and beginner embossing at Chronicle Books’ Union Street shop on February 9th. There, Cat will provide hands-on tutorials for three different crafts—for you to share with the special Valentines in your life!

Thursday, February 5th, 6-10:00PM
Pop-up shop at Retail Therapy XOXO Edition
W Hotel
181 Third St
San Francisco
RSVP

Monday, February 9th, 7-8:30 PM
Embossed Valentines with Cat Seto of Ferme à Papier
Chronicle Books
1846 Union Street
San Francisco
Light refreshments included plus 25% off the entire store
Purchase tickets

Joie du Jour stationery by Ferme a Papier

Joie du Jour Journal by Ferme a Papier

Joie du Jour Stationery by Ferme a Papier

{Photographs by Jing Jin}

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Dupenny

by Anh-Minh on January 26, 2015

dupenny_openerI’ve been in Park City, Utah, the past few days and while I know that the Sundance films are the big draw in town right now, I have to admit: Among the things I’ve been most excited about are the wallpapers at the Lululemon on Main Street. Each of the dressing rooms is lined in a different hand-printed pattern by British illustrator Emily Dupen, a.k.a. Dupenny. I wasn’t previously familiar with her work, so was thrilled to discover the collection.

Dupenny also sells fabrics, art prints, and other decorative accessories—such as lampshades and pillows—with her graphic and, at times, whimsical designs. (That’s 1920s Glamour up there.) And, I’m happy to report, her shop offers worldwide shipping AND now through January 31, all regular-priced merchandise is 25 percent off (with code “fahabulous”).

dupenny_strongmanStrongman (also available in a color version)

 dupenny_splashSplash (also available in a black-and-white version)

dupenny_potionsPotions (also available in a black-and-white version)

{ Images via Dupenny }

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