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.
There's lots of exciting stuff happening in the world of San Francisco retail this week! From hyper-local pop-up to international conglomerate, read on for all the moving and shaking.
1) It's been SFMade Week all week--and what an amazing week it's been for it weather-wise in SF! It's all culminating with SFMade Day on Saturday May 12, when local retailers who also make their wares locally will host festivities for shoppers.
Participating retailers will donate 10 percent of sales that day to SFMade, a non-profit that champions local manufacturing. Foggy Notion in the Inner Richmond is hosting a pop-up shop wth Little Eagle Vintage, where Chris Bortoff will be serving up his amazing-looking Chrissy's Waffles. The waffle of the day--buttermilk vanilla bean with blueberry jam and creme fraiche--is enough to get us in the door at 12pm sharp when the waffle-making begins (it goes until 2:30). Check SFMade's map for all the participating retailers including Cut Loose in the Mission,
2) Metreon: And now for yang to that yin: The honking Target we're getting in the former Metreon space in October will be accompanied by the very first Target-branded specialty boutique. It will feature C9 Active Apparel, a collaboration between Target and athletic-wear brand Champion since 2004 (they make great athletic bras!). [SFGate]
3) Fillmore: We've barely digested the excitement of a Steven Alan boutiqe opening in Hayes Valley in November, and the men's and women's clothing retailer is already planning a second San Francisco location on Fillmore. An Instagram photo from local blogger Kim Mitchell broke the news that Mr. Alan will bring his understated casuals and accessories to Fillmore, but the exact location and when it will open are TBA. We'll keep you posted. [Refinery29]
4) Union Square: Local shirtmaker Taylor Stitch has opened a custom shop inside Banana Republic's Grant avenue flagship. You can buy yourself a locally-made bespoke shirt for $125 at the Union Square space for the next 18 weeks. [SFGate]
5) The Bold Italic: The local online (and sometimes offline) publication has commissioned a new San Francisco flag, and you can purchase it emblazoned across a T-shirt at the The Bold Italic's online shop. [The Bold Italic]
6) The New York Times let the rest of the world in on something locals have been noticing for years: Nopa looks like it might be the next Mission. They ran a nice slideshow featuring Workshop, San Franpsycho, A Rare Device, and more. [The New York Times]