Street Seen

Mall the right moves

Crocker Galleria says goodbye to high-priced national brands and hello to locally-owned little guys

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN The fact that that our conversation is taking place to beat of Carly Rae Jepsen's 2012 seminal classic "Call Me Maybe" leads me to believe that T-We Tea owner Christopher Coccagna is being real when he says he'll be holding 12:30pm dance parties for the FiDi lunch set in the darling tea shop he just opened in the neighborhood.

It also leads me to believe that Crocker Galleria may be downtown's most fun mall — or at least, that it's on the way.Read more »

Here, here

Fashion trade associations are helping to resuscitate the Bay's local clothing game

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STREET SEEN As the author of a style column, I spend time trawling the city for innovative new local designers. Clothes that are made here, cute ones. Let me hear about them, I'll put it in print, swear down.

But there's not... that much of them. Speaking historically, of course. In the heyday of garment manufacturing, San Francisco churned out mountains of readywear — more than any other city in the country besides New York and Los Angeles.Read more »

Travels well

Kehinde Wiley's POC diaspora and boychild's NYFW appearance are this week's hautest things

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN I was going to write this column about what it was like to be art star Kehinde Wiley's model. It was supposed to be an eloquent reflection on musedom, and I'd locked down a post-performance chat with Ethiopian Israeli rapper Kalkidan, who stars in several of Wiley's portraits in the current show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.Read more »

Buy me love

Locally-made gifts for your boo (or you)

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN You are welcome to spend Valentine's Day as I will this year: corralled onto a dark dancefloor with 200 similar atheists in the face of the love goddess. But as many of you will be happily celebrating with partners (hiss!), I've assembled this four-pack of completely locally-made Valentine's Day gifts. You're welcome (pfft.)Read more »

Noir Faze

Two local streetwear labels come up with distinct fashion philosophies 

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN While larger clothing companies are free to define their brand through glossy print campaigns and billboards staring out impassively over downtown shoppers, the little guys look elsewhere to establish identity.Read more »

Are your friends criminals?

Things get weird at the Zero Graffiti International Conference

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STREET SEEN Nearing the climax of her presentation at last week's Zero Graffiti International Conference, Vancouver PD's graffiti-fighting specialist Valerie Spicer despaired over graffiti's affects on its perpetrators.

"He didn't die because of graffiti," she said sadly, a deceased Canadian graffiti artist's childhood photo on the PowerPoint screen behind her. "But I'm quite sure that the behaviors he learned in the subculture didn't help him confront the man who stabbed and killed him."Read more »

Denim legends and stained glass socks

Japan blows your mind, via the family-run boutique Cotton Sheep

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN First, I saw the socks. Half sheer, half solid, the pair's blue rose design made me flash on stained glass cathedral. Like a sock-crazed zombie, I turned on my heels and entered the most unassuming, unmarked shop on Hayes Valley's row of quirky boutiques and designer collections.Read more »

The Haight Street Banksy rat is looking for a good home

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Kerfuffle attended the publication of my Street Seen column on the reappropriated Banksy street art that popped up at Context art fair during Art Basel week in Miami last month.

Hamptons gallerist Stephen Keszler wrote to tell me that my account of him taking two of the pieces from Palestine and affixing $400,000 price tags to the them was so boring that it made him fall asleep in the bathtub (probably just part of growing old, darling.)

But I also received an interesting communique from a man who claimed responsibility for getting the Banksy rat originally painted on Haight Street's Red Victorian hotel and cafe to Miami. He says it needs a home. Read more »

Dapper down

Tomboy Tailors opens up the first genderqueer menswear shop in the country

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caitlin@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED When Ford Models announced that its newest menswear model was a woman — Olympic swimmer and New York artist Casey Legler — in the same month that Yves Saint Laurent chose Saskia de Brauw as the face of its spring-summer 2013 menswear collection, it became clear that men's fashion was opening itself to the fact that not all people who wear suits and sport rugged looks are male-identified.Read more »

The wrong filter

Does the Internet own us now? A look at what Instagram's policy kerfuffle means for artists

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN Remember 2012, the year when Instagram was queen of the social networks? Young creatives flocked to the photo-sharing app in the year of the Mayan apocalypse and Tard the Grumpy Cat, a sleek, pretty substitute to our backlog of thousands of antiquated Facebook friends and their daily lives.Read more »