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.
Uniqlo versus Muji! Japanese retailers are descending upon San Francisco later this year, and we're not complaining. But you don't have to wait so long for the amazing musical performers descending on us starting tomorrow! We were already excited about Outside Lands, but now that Free People is offering free styling services to get suited up for the three-day fest, we're pretty much over the moon. Lots more celebrations and openings are coming your way, check them all out below!
1. Union Square: We're all impatiently waiting for Uniqlo to open up on Powell in September, but we no longer have to! The Japanese reasonably-priced basics chain is launching a pop up at 117 Post Street today! Through September 13, SF's taste-o-Uniqlo will carrry, among other things, Heattech, Ultra Light Down, colorful cashmere, fleece, UT t-shirts and denim. If you don't go or the clothes, go for the chandelier made of TV monitors. They also promise fun events and giveaways if you register at Uniqlo.com. Who knew basics would be such fun? [Uniqlo]
2. SOMA: If you thought Uniqlo had the market cornered on new Japanese chains opening later this year in San Francisco, meet Muji, coming to SF in November. It's Muji's fifth store in the United States after New York, an the 7,250-square-foot digs will be even bigger than the Manhattan location. Look for pretty clothes plus housewares at great prices in the old 9th Street Designer Clearance space. [SF Curbed]
3. Haight: Designer Jeremy Scott loves the outrageous, so he'll fit right in in San Francisco. He'll be at ShoeBiz at 1420 Haight Street on Saturday signing his gilded, glittery, winged high-tops--the latest in his sneaker collab. with Adidas. One pair even has flower-child teddy bears for tongues. Bonus: proceeds from the event go to local homeless family resource Compass Family Services. [ShoeBiz Adidas]
4. Corte Madera: Who's excited for Outside Lands this weekend? And who's getting suited up in fest-tastic outfits? Third and last question: what brand is more aligned with festival wear than any other? The correct answer is Free People, and they're embracing their boho awesomeness with a styling event today from 2-6pm at their Corte Madera store. Get outfitted up for the three-day music extravaganza, make your own customized (with FP-supplied studs, etc.) tote bag, do up your nails, and get 15 percent off your purchase! It's happening at 1618 Redwood Highway in Corte Madera. [Free People on Facebook]
5. Oakland: The folks at McMullen, that ultra-chic boutique with two locations in Oakland, is searching for a local designer to feature in their stores. If you know someone, or think you are that someone, check out the details at the McMullen blog! [McMullen]
7. Bernal Heights: Secession Art & Design is celebrating its 5th anniversary on Friday from 6:30 to 9:30pm with DJ Extralars, Inna Jam jam tasting, wine, and real live artists. Check out their art, clothing and jewelry at 3361 Mission Street. [Secession Art & Design]
8. Palo Alto: Crimson Mim is continuing its Thursday evening events tonight with a "build your fragrance" class featuring scent expert Mary Orlin. Develop a more sophisticated nose and create your own unique eau de toilette from 6 to 7pm at Crimson Mim, 855 El Camino Real, Suite 35 in Palo Alto. It's free! [Crimson Mim on Facebook]
9. Mission: Modify Watches is hosting a lauch parting tonight at Hangr16 where reps from the interchangeable watchmakers will show you how to mix and match its straps and faces. Be there tonight from 6 to 8pm at Hangr16, 3128 16th Street. [Refinery 29]
10. Hayes Valley: Ver Unica, one of our fair city's very best vintage boutiques, is launching an exhibition of work by Atlanta-based artist, illustrator and graphic designer Vikki Vaden on Friday evening with a party from 6 to 9pm. If you can't make the party, you can check out the exhibit through October 15 437-B Hayes Street. [Refinery 29]