Spring is in the air. Time to freshen up your wardrobe with some Bay Area designed and made threads.
Stay loose with these minimally stylish tunics from designer Elaine Hamblin, owner of the Oakland boutique. You’ll look and feel cool in the Slim Ease loose fit button down with side slits in Brown Streak Chambray made of California grown organic naturally colored cotton from Vreseis (l), and the NoMad loose fit V-Neck pullover (r).
Step into Spring with these fresh takes on clogs from San Francisco shoe maker Isobel Schofield. The Sybil in whiskey leather (l), the Chloe Closed Toe in blush nubuck (m), and the Emma Spanish Toe in curry nubuck (r) will put a spring in your step.
Photos by Vanessa Hellmann
Owl N Wood
Love is in the air with these simple, comfortable and functional classics from the O.N.W. Collection by designer and Oakland boutique owner Rachel Konte. The oversized Pink Heart Oakland (l) and Sporty Heart Oakland (m) and Wakanda Love (r) crew neck sweatshirts are made of super soft French Terry. The Panther XL canvas tote is a must have for prowling the farmers market.
Wakanda image from @iamsoniaroberts
The Paulina Blouse (l) from Kristina Lacson McConnico is designed with endless feminine touches including a bateau neckline and billowy elbow length sleeves that are finished with side slits and tie cuffs to show just the right amount of skin. This breezy silhouette looks equally elegant with jeans or dress pants.
Designed with a distinctive panel in sheer dot mesh, the not-so-basic Maya Tee (m) demands attention. Cut in the softest bamboo blend jersey, it has that wonderful lived-in feel of a favorite tee. The shape falls right between fitted and relaxed—not too loose, not too tight.
The Marin Dress (r) is a fitted yet flattering t-shirt dress, thanks to a little play on stripe direction and amazingly soft bamboo blend jersey. The ruffle detail at the shoulders paired with the graphic stripe pattern makes it both feminine and bold—in other words, perfection.
Eight + Sand
Classic staples for women with heritage quality craftsmanship and textiles are the backbone of the Oakland and Austin-based brand. At left is the Driftwood Button Down, made from Japanese organic yarn-dyed cotton twill, and the Indigo Linen Shirt Dress made from laundered European linen. On the right is the French Terry Pullover made from English French Terry, and Sulphur Linen Heritage Britches made from laundered European linen.
You’ll feel so good in these styles from Trinity Cross of the Oakland boutique that a frolic in the park will be in order. On the left is the Yolked Juniper Jumpsuit in marigold linen, in the middle is the Loretta Dress in black floral, and on the right is the Juniper Jumpsuit in black cotton.
Just in time for Spring, the newest addition from designer Nicole Kelly is the Equis Sandal, handmade from heel to strap in her Napa studio. Each sandal features an arch support that was skillfully hand-molded over the course of 24 hours and quickly shapes to your own foot after only a few hours of wear. The softest Latigo leather is used for insoles and straps and the most durable vegetable tanned leather for the sole and heel. Brass studs provide the sandals with a beautiful finishing touch and make sure they are built to last. For a better grip in your everyday life, a rubber pad is added to the uniquely shaped heel.
The bestselling Mariana Wrap Shirt is a fun yet elegant lightweight summer shirt, handmade of Japanese and organic American cotton. Two attached straps make it adjustable in the waist for a super comfortable fit.
Photos by Emma K. Morris
San Francisco designer Dema Grim said, “I love the amorphous shape. I find it very freeing – my own personal bra-burning moment!” of the new for Spring Sack Dress, shown in orange/black graphic (l) and yellow/black floral (r). In the middle is Twiggy, an all-purpose shift with a kangaroo pocket that can hold paintbrushes, wooden spoons, a cell phone etc. Get them at M.A.C. (Modern Appealing Clothing) in San Francisco or by custom order.