Fashion

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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Micaela Greg at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on December 16, 2014

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When I first walked into Micaela Greg‘s booth at the West Coast Craft show, I was oohing and aahing over their soft and beautiful knitwear for women. Then out of the corner of my eye, I found a table with their kids’ line. I brought along my friend, Lisa, to take pictures at the show, and we just about fell over when we saw these adorable sweaters and sweatpants for babies and toddlers.

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Micaela Greg is founded by two sisters, Marie and Karen Potesta, and all of their clothing is made in California. They use the softest Italian yarn—the kind that you want to wear all day and just live in. The kids’ sweatpants have modern and cute geometric patterns, and coordinate perfectly with their striped sweaters!

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{ All images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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One of my favorite things to give (and get!) is jewelry. So when I saw the Myers Collective booth at West Coast Craft, I was so excited. At first glance, displayed on the table, the jewelry looked very structured. But once I picked them up, I was amazed by the delicate movement of each piece.

It turns out, Jenny Myers, the designer of these handmade creations, is also an architect. Her jewelry incorporates sleek, clean lines with elegance and femininity.

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My favorite piece was Jenny’s necklace combo, Line 01A/01B/01C. Made with Japanese silk cord and brass, they come in three different sizes which you can wear separately or all together. I love how versatile they are, and that they can easily go from day to night.

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anthology-mag-blog-meyers-collective2{ All images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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Forage Haberdashery

by Anh-Minh on November 5, 2014

forage_eyeglasscasesYep, it’s the first week of November and I’m trying to get a head start on my holiday shopping. I remember first coming across the work of the very talented Stephen Loidolt and Shauna Alterio of Forage Haberdashery and Something’s Hiding in Here about four years ago, after they did a show at The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco. (Those of you who’ve been Anthology readers for a while may recall that their Philadelphia home was featured in Issue No. 6.)

I have some of Stephen and Shauna’s early pieces—bow ties as well as artful objects—and truly treasure them. I was thrilled to see that they’ve expanded their line to include scarves and eyeglass cases, two things that I definitely have a use for. I love that they continue to handcraft their wares, incorporating new, vintage, and deadstock fabrics. Everything is one-of-a-kind and limited edition, so get ‘em while you can—for yourself or those on your holiday list. Plus! Now through November 9th, sale items are an additional 30% off with the promo code FALL.

forage_scarves If you’ve got a few minutes, be sure to check out the Dreamers + Doers: Forage Haberdashery video (by Urban Outfitters) that offers a glimpse of Stephen and Shauna’s home, studio, story, and work process—along with their adorable son Sawyer:

{ Images via Forage Haberdashery }

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Jewelry by Uhuru

by Joanna on October 20, 2014

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Honestly, how cool is this jewelry from Uhuru? These pieces take inspiration from the design elements of Uhuru’s furniture collections, but translate them into a wearable form. The collection includes a variety of one-of-a-kind rings and necklaces made of natural wood, accented with precious metals. And each is produced in New York City using the same means of production as Uhuru’s furniture. I especially love the pieces that feature knots and holes in the wood, giving the jewelry an organic yet architectural and modern feel.

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{ Images via Uhuru }

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