Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"More Human than Human"...that's our motto

For quite some time there has been a resurgence in designs with a futuristic theme. With the constant advances in technology and our ever changing economy, designers are reflecting on what the future of fashion may hold.
Blade Runner in particular nailed this mentality on the head. One of the most cutting edge and influential movies of our time, the film took a look at what Los Angeles would be like in the year 2019. With human replicants roaming the streets and bounty hunters keeping them in check, it was important for costume designers of the film to keep a mix of vintage and futuristic when dressing the characters. The end result was clothing and makeup that recalled the 80's punk and 40's feminine glam aesthetic.

We took a bit of inspiration from the film when styling our most recent shoot, pulling dresses by Funktional and shoes from Jeffrey Campbell, to create the ultimate femme fatal.

Outfit: Funktional-Bone Dress, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell-The Ticket (Tan Tribal)

Outfit: Funktional-Asymmetrical Dress, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell-The Ticket (Tan Tribal)

Outfit: Funktional-Bone Dress, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell-The Ticket (Tan Tribal)

model: Lipa Long
styling: Ashley Holmes
hair and makeup: Kristine Cruz
photographer: Andrew Moran

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


1228 is the brainchild of San Francisco designer Nico Lopez. Her work is elegant, earthy, whimsical and honest... And it would seem the same is true of Nico herself. We had a quick chance to chat with her last week when she came by the store. 

What made you start 1228?

My first fashion show was based on a single homemade dress I wore to the Matthew Barney MOMA party. As soon as I walked in this girl came up to me and told me she wanted the dress. I got embarrassed and tried to loose her, but she was really into it and when she found out I made it she told me she wanted to talk to me more. I got freaked out and left without giving her my info (which she specifically asked me not to do), but she tracked me down and there was a message in my inbox the next morning. It turned out she was one of the event directors for the SFMOMA and she told me I was going to do a show there. So I said ok, that was when I was 21
I gave her the run around for a year, she should have told me to go to hell considering all she was trying to do for me but she was patient and just made me do it.
It was super painful to do the show I was full of fear and extremely uncomfortable. I went up on stage afterwards wearing my Sleep shirt, some dirty jeans, and a broken pair of moccasins...
But I guess no one noticed, they just liked the clothes I had made.
Shortly thereafter I was flooded with ideas and started working on a 
bunch of jewelery. It took off, and became a business.
I'm still really uncomfortable about calling myself a designer. I never went to school for it and I'm not a real showy person. When people
ask what I do for a living I tell them I work in an office, is that weird?

Not at all.. It's perfect. Where do you generally draw inspiration?

Old stuff. I grew up in Humboldt so I was really infulenced by hippy, natural stuff. It was subconscious I guess because I was outwardly really freaked out by all that, even though it was my life.
But as a little girl I was obsessed with old black and white movies. I was like really young, so thats where all my ideas of who women were and how they were supposed to dress and act came from. That influences me the most, but the weird thing about my line-that makes the stuff different from the other stuff out there is- the wires got crossed... so the materials are close to nature and the influence is old hollywood glamour. It comes out in a weird way. I don't know maybe I'm the only one that can see it.
Presently I don't look at other stuff, or have inspiration boards, or trend forecasting... my process is to go out and buy and collect materials I'm really drawn to. I have no idea what
i'm going to do with them at first. When I have enough I sit down and make a bunch of stuff for a lot of hours for a lot of days. Then i stop.

What are a few of your favorite labels in fashion right now?

I don't know any except the major ones like Gucci and stuff but they
aren't my favorite.

You've been doing a lot of pieces for some really amazing people
lately... Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes), Zoey Daschenel... how did all that come about?

My favorite thing is to make really creative fun stuff for the stage, that's why I'm drawn to these performers in particular. They are really giving a performance, with costumes and stuff. They are having fun with it. not just wearing the trends... thank god!
That stuff happened really easy too, the Bat for Lashes thing just timed up right. I thought about it one week, and we were meeting the following week. The Zooey thing also happened easily, it was a friend of mine who put me up for it... Then she told me and asked if I would be interested. I met with Zoey and put together some stuff.
I'm working on more too!

Where do you see 1228 in 5 years?

I just want to be able to work for myself, eventually buy a house and travel. So however that goes to make those things happen is where I see myself in 5 years. I guess that all goes along with designing. As
long as it stays popular and relevant. That's the part I actually hate about all this. 15% of it is about the product... If it is good and original. The other 85% is who you are friends with- They write about your line and get you in magazines and stuff.
If I was more interested in the business side of things I'd be 85% more rich!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Seriously, Australia is some kind of fashion spawning ground. Here is yet another amazing aussie line to add to the ever expanding list of awesome... Stylestalker... Can't wait 'till this stuff gets here (holiday and spring)! What are they putting in the water down there?

Monday, November 8, 2010


Pixels, pixels, pixels; Sometimes you want something you can hold... so we decided to take a quick walk around the neighborhood with a polaroid 360 land camera, some amazing outfits, and a beautiful girl. This is what we ended up with.

Factory: Fringe Dress

Factory: Fringe Dress

Gestuz: 1 High Dress/Hound Coat

Factory: Fringe Dress

Factory: Strapless Dress, Gestuz: Helga Sweater
Gestuz: Leggings/2 Sol Sweater, Jeffery Campbell: Lita
model: Nekole
styling: Ashley Holmes
hair and makeup: Kristine Cruz
photographer: Andrew Moran

Friday, October 29, 2010

Jeffrey Campbell CLASSIC

The Jeffery Campbell CLASSIC just came in today! This woven menswear inspired shoe is perfect for fall and goes great with tights and a peacoat!

Photo via


We have NIXON. So many styles, so many choices. Every one unique and fashionably crafted. Since 1997 Nixon has been at the forefront of design and functionality. These watches are uh-mazing... Here's a quick sampling of the plethora of awesome we've recently come into.

The Player-Black: $200

Zona-Gold: $170

Cougar-Gunmetal: $160

Timeteller P-Red:$60

Timeteller P-White:$60

Spencer-Gunmetal/Gold: $280


Banks-Gunship: $375

Timeteller-Black: $100

42/20-Rose Gold:$500

Rubber Player-White: $150

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Glean E. Friedmand and Shepard Fairey art reception.
941 Geary Gallory
San Franicsco

Opening reception 6-9 PM - November 6th.

Glen E. Friedman is one of the most significant photographers of his generation. His images of the early Dogtown skateboarders in the late 1970s along with the burgeoning hip-hop and punk rock scenes of the 80s and 90s have made him one of the most important photographers today. With the uncanny ability to capture images of people whose subculture was about to change the world, his subjects range from Jay Adams and Tony Alva to Run DMC, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys to Minor Threat and Black Flag, among many others. Over the years, Friedman has been able to capture the moments of the movements that defined an era. This has cemented his place in history as an uncompromising, extremely gifted artist.


Opening Reception November 6th 2010, 6-9pm
Showing through December 31, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chris Habana

Chris Habana kill's it. Seriously... his work is amazing. Mixing modern aesthetics with classic, tongue in cheek, goth iconography he offers (effortlessly) what everyone else seems to be reaching for these days; A lighthearted balance between what's "in" and what will never go away. His jewelry is at once now, yesterday, and tomorrow... Playful, subversive, and well priced.

penance collar: $289

cross cuff: $122

cage cross cuff: $111

cage finger brace: $111

cross necklace: $89

tri faceted necklace: $100

hoisted triangle earrings: $78

spike drop earrings: $78

faceted drop earrings: $89

tri faceted necklace (copper): $100

half moon plate: $178
(all images by Andrew Moran)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

LEVI'S: Top to Bottom

When you've been doing something for 150 plus years, you get really good at it. Case in point; Levi's. The inventor of the blue jean is still at it, producing staple cuts and washes to round out any wardrobe. This San Francisco original offers up yet another season of amazing tops jackets and denim.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Rock and roll will never die... especially when it looks this good. Gestuz offers up a series of contemporary classics both timeless and timely. Combining edge and subtlety is no easy task but somehow they pull it off... and well, as is evidenced in this Fall's look book.