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.
[Steven Alan's first SF shop (seen above) opened in Hayes Valley last year. Photo via via Refinery29]
1) Fillmore: Surprise! Those sneaky devils at Steven Alan are opening their doors on Fillmore Street today. Without much of a fuss, the men's and women's retailer now has a second San Francisco location: 1919 Fillmore (at Pine). The 1,750-square-foot space is now the largest Steven Alan outpost on the West Coast. Suck it, L.A.! We kid, of course. But we are excited. New York architect Taryn Christoff of Christoff: Finio Architecture designed the interior. And our friends at Urban Daddy tell us that the Fillmore location will carry fun brands like Wings + Horns, Engineered Garments and Relwen. They also tell us this location will be heavy on women's selections--hooray for boy-style women's clothes. But come on, no fanfare, no cupcakes, no champagne for your biggest West Coast store? Perhaps a shindig is in the works, we'll keep you posted. [Urban Daddy]
2) Castro: UNIONMADE, the Castro's men's style mecca, is hosting a party tonight to celebrate the opening of a pop-up shop from that hippest of magazines: Monocle. The wares will likely be covet-worthy, but the real draw is a live appearance by the magazine's editor-in-chief, Tyler Brûlé. Brûlé also founded Wallpaper magazine in 1996, was a BBC TV host, and was shot by snipers in Kabul. If you're just in it for the booze, Scribe will pouring its Sonoma vintages. [Refinery 29]
3) East Bay: Trust us, this is an event worth a trek aross the bridge. The Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire only brings its vintage fashions to the Bay Area twice per year, and if you miss it this weekend, you'll have to wait until September to get in on the seriously stellar sartorial offerings from the likes of Halston, Chanel, and Yves St. Laurent. Check out this guide for co-founder Sandra Michaan's tips on how to shop this giant, indoor fair. If you want to get a jump on the good stuff, buy a $10 ticket for Friday's special preview party and early buy from 6-9pm. If you just can't get enough, that will get you in Saturday as well. An early bird ticket for 10am entry on Saturday only (these people are not messing around) is $10, or pay $5 to arrive at 11am. It's all happening on Friday and Saturday at the O Club at 641 West Red Line Avenue in Alameda.
4) Union Square: On Friday, the esteemed Donna Karan will make a personal appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue to celebrate her new boutique inside the Union Square department store. We love Karan for her drapey, luxurious basics as well as her devotion to the Zen life and philanthropy. And we hear she's just lovely to chat with. Perfect excuse to cut out of work early on a Friday. In other DKNY news, the designer is contemplating an outpost selling her relaxed clothing-line PureDKNY in San Francisco, and her UrbanZen line is now available at Carrots, the only place you'll find the philanthropic line in Northern California. [Refinery 29, WWD, Stylenik]
5) Mission: The Valencia Corridor Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday! All your favorites, including Mira Mira, Monument, The Curiosity Shoppe, Weston Wear, BellJar, Therapy, Paxton Gate, Good Vibrations (ooh la la) and lots more will be celebrating San Francisco's Small Business Week with sales, giveaways, pop-up shops, art openings, food, and music. Streets from 14th to 29th will be closed to traffic (including side streets!) for the event. Mission Local has details of all the fun happenings. [Mission Local]
6) SOMA: Clothing swap alert! Lifecrowd is hosting one in SOMA from 2-4pm on Saturday, though the exact location is still TBA. Entry is $7 and you can bring a friend for free. Last we checked there were only 11 spots left, so hurry up and get your tix here. Never been to a clothing swap? It's just what it sounds like: you bring any items from your closet that you're ready to part with, and get ready to choose what you like from other women's clothing castoffs. Ladies only! Be prepared to get undressed in front of strangers—these events usually lack dressing rooms. [Life Crowd]