Fashion

BeGood Clothing

by Joanna on August 6, 2014

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Fashion isn’t a subject I frequently write about here, but since great t-shirts—that fit, look, and feel just right—can be hard to come by, I just had to post about this one. Combining a love of fashion and a love of the environment, San Francisco-based BeGood Clothing produces amazingly affordable basics that are sustainably manufactured.

They recently debuted the Clarion, a 100 percent organic cotton tee tie-dyed by hand using low-impact reactive dyes. (According to the company, one-third of a pound of toxic chemicals goes into the production of a conventional cotton t-shirt.) Cut and sewn in Los Angeles, each is unique. In the spirit of the 1960s, when tie-dye was arguably at its peak, this t-shirt is a subtle “visual representation” of how BeGood is challenging the status quo of the fashion industry.

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{ Images via BeGood Clothing }

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Revolucion del Sueno

by Anh-Minh on January 16, 2014

Last month, while wandering the charming streets of Sayulita, Mexico, I came across Revolucion del Sueño. The shop and brand has been around for about seven years, and is currently located on Calle Manuel Navarrete. Visually, the store is a collage of bold colors and graphics. The couple behind the business, Nico and Léa Del Sueño, specialize in limited-edition pieces—from apparel and jewelry to art and textile goods. Many of the designs incorporate traditional techniques; for example, A Mano Project (By Hand Project) features the embroidery, weaving, and beading techniques of indigenous groups throughout Mexico. (This write-up provides great information on Nico, Léa, and their approach to design, as well as more interior shots of Revolucion del Sueño.)

During my trip to Sayulita, I didn’t have a lot of extra room in my suitcase and was limited in what I could bring back. So I was happy to see that Revolucion del Sueño sells its wares online and ships worldwide. Since they have more goods in store, though, if you’re in the area, definitely consider adding it to your itinerary!

Flores and Amor are among the many digitally printed pillow designs.

The Frida poster is a limited edition of 50.

The San Miguel blanket and Tulum bag are part of the A Mano Project collection.

{ All product imgaes via Revolucion del Sueño }

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The Podolls

by Anh-Minh on November 21, 2013

When we decided to release a sartorial issue—Issue No. 13, which is now available in stores—one of the challenges was how to present fashion-centric stories in a way that’s true to Anthology‘s approach to content. For example, we didn’t want to focus on trends and must-have objects for the season. In our Market Report, we rounded up products from a number of independent designers, including Freda Salvador shoes and an Ali Golden top. Unfortunately, on the spread shown above, we made a mistake when it came to crediting the sandwashed silk pants. They are the Ankle Pant in the Black Birch Bark Print by The Podolls, and retail for $297.

I was especially bummed when we realized the error because The Podolls is a favorite new boutique among Anthology staffers. Lauren and Josh Podoll opened their brick-and-mortar shop in Burlingame, just south of San Francisco, last month. They stock their own eco-friendly modern line, as well as pieces by other local apparel and jewelry designers that we love.

As you can see from the images below, the flagship store is beautiful. “When we first visited the location,” says Lauren, “we fell in love with the charming paned windows, high ceilings, and abundant natural light. We discussed creating a ‘light-box’ feeling similar to a contemporary art gallery, while also offering warmth and some textural elements. … Ultimately, we wanted to create an inviting space to highlight and support the beauty, quality, and creativity of the objects within.” That includes not only their sartorial offerings, but the cash wrap and jewelry case designed by Danny Montoya of Key & Kite and the striking chandelier by L.A.-based wrk-shp.

The Ankle Pant shown in our Market Report is one of The Podolls’ signature designs. (If you don’t see the Black Birch Bark Print online, just give the folks at the boutique a call at 650-389-2346.) But Lauren tells me that back in the day, she and Josh were making more conceptual pieces—like dresses with nine collars! “While that was artistically exciting, we decided to simplify and hone the look of the line to satisfy the needs of women wanting versatile, modern, flattering pieces to wear everyday,” explains Lauren. “The collection is still sustainably cut and sewn right here in the Bay Area and we are proud of the fact we have remained true to that foundation over the years.”

If you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to check out The Podolls in Burlingame. Fortunately for everyone else, they also have an online shop (and offer free shipping for all orders over $150).

{ Portrait and shop images by Ashley Batz }

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Readers of our blog as well as our print magazine are probably well aware of our fondness for Etsy. Whether we’re sourcing goods for the pages of our Market Report or looking for artists to feature online, it’s one of our go-to sites. And for good reason! We love supporting great independent makers and helping to spread the word about their work.

So, of course, when Etsy invited us to curate a page, we jumped at the chance. The Anthology team has rounded up some of its favorite Etsy wares—all in one convenient place. And since the holidays will be here before we know it, we’re launching our Etsy Page with a trio of gift guides (for her, him, and the kiddos), as well as a handful of other lists (for example, one geared toward home decor and another focused on prints we love). Be sure to check in often because we’re constantly adding new things over there!

P.S. We’ve got a few pieces from PateWoodworks in our product picks, and wanted to share this Etsy video that provides a look at A. Pate’s process.

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Mill Mercantile

by Anh-Minh on August 15, 2013

The Anthology team is currently hard at work on Issue No. 13, our fall release which will have a sartorial theme. So I’ve had fashion on the brain lately, and one my favorite local go-to stores is Mill Mercantile—which carries apparel, accessories, and home goods. Located in San Francisco’s Noe Valley, the shop features Japanese and European brands that you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, as well as great U.S. labels. The merchandise is all about quality and craftsmanship, with pieces that are sure to be wardrobe staples for years to come. (The same approach applies to the housewares.)

Below are some of the fall looks from Belgian family-fashion house Bellerose that are now available at Mill Mercantile. Aren’t they fantastic? I especially love the jacket with the drawstring waist. If you’re not in the Bay Area, you can still shop Mill Mercantile (thanks to its robust online shop). But if you happen to be in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by these other great businesses—all of which come recommended by Noe Valley denizen Victoria Smith/SFGirlByBay:

Curator (fashion) | Heroine (women’s and kid’s clothing) | Noe Valley Pet Co. | Nomad Rugs | Omnivore Books | Phoenix Books | Rabat (shoes) | When Modern Was (decor and jewelry) | Wink (gifts)

{ All images via Mill Mercantile }

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