Fashion buzz: 3 hot new Bay Area stores

June 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Audrey Mansfield shows you the new stores that are getting great buzz in the Bay Area fashion world.

In today's edition we profile three stores with three unique spins:

The widely anticipated new retail concept from Banana Republic, called Edition, has just opened on the Second Floor of the Westfield Centre on Market Street.

Most of the products at the new 1,400-square-foot shop, which features limited edition women's handbag and jewelry collections, are priced under $100!

But don't think that the low price means low quality. The limited edition pieces are produced in runs of only 50 to 100 pieces, which is practically unheard of for anything but the most high-end products. Everyone we've talked to about the line has been really impressed by the quality of design.

Edition by Banana Republic
865 Market Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94109
(415) 896-9670
bananarepublic.gap.com

The second store we visit is Philanthropist Boutique where fashion meets philanthropy as 100% of their profits benefits Bay Area charities. we all love to shop with a social conscious, now you can buy without the guilt and have the community in mind!

Philanthropist Boutique
3571 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-441-1750
www.philanthropistboutique.com

And finally we visit the Harputs Market in San Francisco which takes a pragmatic approach to design, concentrating on the development of select "generic" garments (a shift dress, sweater, overall) as statement pieces. Their creative process leans on curiosity and experimentation in conjunction with the various influences that inform our work: how each garment ages, how our customers react, and what new fabric we find. As a result, each piece is part of a communal effort and, thus, always subject to change. Their aesthetic is simple yet unconventional- intelligent pieces that can be insensibly worn. By pairing tailoring techniques and refined details with simple silhouettes each piece is complex, yet uncomplicated. Ultimately, we aim to make easy clothing that can be worn multiple ways, accentuate many different body types, and lasts over time.

The end result: an evolutionary collection we call Harputs OWN.

HARPUTS MARKET
harputsmarket.com
1525 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
415.923.9300
www.harputsown.com


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