Welcome to Racked SF, where local fashion blogger Kristen Philipkoski reports on retail comings and goings around San Francisco. Phiipkoski has been living and shopping in San Francisco for 20 years, and she blogs about it over at Stylenik.com. Seen a store open, close, or otherwise claim your attention? Hit the tipline, s'il vous plait.
1) Noe Valley: Unionmade, a local favorite that's been luring fashionable men off the Castro's beaten path to 18th and Sanchez since 2009 is planing its first women's branch in Noe Valley. Very exciting for the females among us! Refinery 29 tells us the folks behind the SF Bay Area brand will set up the girl-friendly shop at 3751 24th Street, which is at Chattanooga--just up from Dolores. No word yet on an ETA. Unionmade has two other locations in Marin and Santa Monica. [Refinery 29]
2) Union Square: After much speculation, hope, and disappointment, the time that San Francisco fashion mavens have been waiting for has finally arrived: Uniqlo is coming to Union Square. The go-to Japanese chain for chic and cheap (well, reasonably priced, let's say) basics will move into the 29,000-square-foot former DSW shoe emborium at 111 Powell Street in this fall. DSW, by the way, has moved to the former Borders location at Post and Powell. The SF outpost will mark the very first West Coast Uniqlo location, and only the fourth U.S. location. Go SF! [SF Business Times]
3) Union Square: There's been no dearth of pop-ups in San Francisco recently, and an intriguing one set up shop last week at 117 Post Street in Union Square, the site of a former Mango store. The Ford (yes, the cars)-sponsored "Go Further" concept has quite a bit going on: a music listening station, art gallery, digital accessories and collectible toys. Most interestingly (to us) is the demo of a fashion mobile app called StyleYou. The Calgary-based startup will offer its services in San Francisco in a few months. Here's how it works: you pay $99 to have your wardrobe photographed and digitized on mannequins. Local stylists then organize your clothes into outfits for you that you can check out on their website. Some items in the curated results might not already be in your closet, but you can buy from StyleYou's partners. Clever! It sounds a bit like a personalzed version of Looklet. You can check out the StyleYou at the Ford space through May 13. [SFGate]
- Kristen Philipkoski