Jennifer Waight and Anette Nyseth of Harputs
What do you love most about working at Harputs?
"Working one-on-one with clients, constructing, and designing made-to-measure pieces."
"I love that we are all a team — or better yet, a family. We all work together to make the business a success, always laughing, and always learning. On a daily basis I do everything from working with clients, to cutting garments, or doing impromptu photo shoots. I love that it's dynamic and there is always something for me to do!"
Describe your personal sense of style.
"My most recent obsessions are rounded-collar shirts buttoned to the top with sweater clips (I found mine in a vintage shop from the '40s), vintage fur collars, pencil skirts below the knee, harnesses, crochet details, and high-waisted, flared pants. I define a lot of what I wear through texture — whether beading, fringe, or quilting."
"I tend to lean toward masculine cuts and fabrics, while always adding a bit of humor to what I wear. I love combining tailoring with unexpected details and playing with texture and shape. Lately, hair color has been playing a role in my style."
Tell us more about Harputs.
"HARPUTS is a retailer-turned-manufacturer, and we currently operate out of our workshop/showroom. We also sell brands such as Comme Des Garcons and Adidas x Jeremy Scott, but we mostly focus on our own brand HarputsOwn. We produce garments that can be worn multiple ways. We feel this adds a playful aspect to getting dressed in the morning, or even changing your look throughout the day!"
What do you think differentiates Harputs from other S.F. stores?
"We design and make everything in house. It is a very unique process that we take part in from beginning to the end. When we do a lot of custom work, we normally have two to three fittings before the garment is perfected. This makes the relationship with our customers much more special."
Harputs, 109 Geary Street
(between Stockton St & Grant Ave); 415-392-2222.
Photographed by Christine Ting