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Holly Kricher and Michael Weaver Shotwell Boutique
The co-owners of Union Square's newest fashion enclave curate one of the Bay Area's best assortments of vintage one-of-a-kinds coupled with new designs by established and emerging designers. Read more
Shooting from the Hip
Shotwell Boutique Opens
Holly Kricher and Michael Weaver like to call the shots.
And they’re aiming to please with Shotwell, their killer new boutique off Union Square. Stocked with women’s and men’s collections and accessories by local designers, along with vintage one-of-a-kinds, the shop packs serious heat.
Secretary dresses by Minnie Wilde. Jeans by Cheap Monday. Avant-garde capes by Momoca. Rings by Surface to Air. Repurposed switchblade baubles by StyleRecycled. Not to mention vintage pieces from France and Mexico.
Shoot over on the first Thursday of each month for an art opening, and go back in December when they unveil private label boots, Oxford shoes, and outerwear designed in collaboration with Al’s Attire in North Beach.
Consider it your new secret weapon.
Shotwell, 36 Geary Street, between Grant and Kearny Streets (415-399-9898 or shotwellsf.com).
Photo Credit: Christina McNeill
Tally Locke Little Purls Jewelry
Based out of Seattle, the knitting genius creates lavish links in a stunning array of colors using her signature double-point technique. Read more
Little Purls Jewelry
Under, over, up and down, side to side, and around the loop she goes.
Need the missing link? Try Tally Locke’s imaginative jewelry, which uses the most basic knitting techniques and flips them up, creating truly unique pieces in an array of brilliant colors.
At her studio near Sacramento, Locke knits in the round with natural fibers like cotton and wool on double-pointed needles using a basic stockinette stitch, then she felts most pieces for extra fuzzy-wuzziness.
You’ll flip for buttoned collars, cable cuffs, unisex ties knit on the bias, and our personal faves — the Faux Bling chain link earrings in canary yellow and felted triple-tiered necklace in neon green.
Think you’ll have to pay the price for such a bold statement?
Knot so much.
Available August 15-17 at the American Craft Show, Fort Mason Center, between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge, Herbst and Festival pavilions (800-836-3470 or craftcouncil.org/sf); online at littlepurls.etsy.com.
Basil Racuk Basil Racuk Accessories
The men's clothing designer-turned-leather craftsman launched his first collection of androgynous totes, belts, and messenger bags in rustic hides, available at his Oakland studio. Read more
Basil Racuk Accessories
You’ve been trying to accessorize with leather your whole life. Exhibit A: the oversize brown bomber. Exhibit B: an S&M getup that scared off your ex (squares suck).
Get it right with elegantly rustic, custom made leather accessories by Basil Racuk.
The Banana Republic alum handcrafts brilliantly simple silhouettes showcased as objets d’art in his Berkeley studio. Sourcing domestic hides, Racuk prefers waxed cow and supple pebbled deer leathers for his unstructured, raw designs. Cut and sealed edges with minimal stitching and subtle hardware fastenings add a finishing touch without distracting from the material.
The unisex notched buckleless belt in waxed walnut displayed on a carved redwood slab or the timeless laptop case with adjustable straps would make Indiana Jones weep. Our fave is the waxed weekender bag with shadow-stitched pockets and vintage mohair lining that kicks the Birkin’s prissy ass.
Without totally chafing your wallet.
Basil Racuk, 2556 Telegraph Avenue, between Blake and Parker Streets, Berkeley (510-409-4452 or basilracuk.com). By appointment only.