Local design star Erica Tanov’s shop atop Fillmore Street embodies her custom-cool, bohemian, chic, and Bay-all-the-way persona. The spacious, airy shop is lined with beautiful silk dresses, chunky knits, and separates hanging about with wit and whimsy.
Erica Tanov, 2408 Fillmore Street (between Jackson and Washington streets); 415-674-1228.
Artfully unique and overflowing with treasures, Nest is home to those who want to channel their inner love child. Stuffed with playful and vibrant home decor, clothing, accessories, and books that will brighten and enrich anyone’s world. While the prices can be high, the team at Nest has done all the heavy lifting, picking up interesting treats from all over the globe to adorn your life.
Nest, 2300 Fillmore Street (between Clay and Washington streets); 415-292-6199.
Luxurious and refined high design is alive and kicking in the Pacific Heights dwelling of Los Angeles expat, Curve. McQueen, Balmain, Matthew Williamson, and Viktor & Rolf are just some of the labels awaiting your arrival at this upscale boutique. Start saving your pennies!
Curve, 2360 Fillmore Street (between Clay and Washington streets); 415-885-4200.
The Brooklyn Circus
Bridging the gap between New York and San Francisco, the boys at The Brooklyn Circus are serving up style and substance with a side of culture. Achieving a well-deserved cult status with one-of-a-kind varsity and motorcycle jackets, they have outfitted much of the Bay in their signature “tailored casual” look.
The Brooklyn Circus, 1521 Fillmore Street (between O’Farrell Street and Geary Boulevard); 415-359-1999.
Susan and The Grocery Store
Both avant-garde outposts from keen fashion-design eye Susan Foslien are intended for the style star with a little edge to her. Prepare to feast you eyes (and wallet!) on Lanvin, Jason Wu, The Row, Marni, and Chloe threads that will stand the test of time both physically and sartorially speaking.
The Grocery Store, 3625 Sacramento Street (between Locust and Spruce streets); 415-928-3615.
Susan, 3685 Sacramento Street (between Locust and Spruce streets); 415-922-3685.
Ladies flock to this Presidio Heights hotspot for rare and unique coveted brands like Acne, Repetto, and Girl. by Band of Outsiders. The shop is a mix of hard-edged and feminine, much like owner Christina Spaulding, a former architect and designer, featuring interesting cuts and designs and dresses for any soirée!
Luna Boutique, 3615 Sacramento Street (at Locust Street); 415-359-0198.
If we could make a splurge at any shop, it’d be Elizabeth Charles, hands down. The anything-but-snooty vibe lets you peruse the luxury labels like Isabel Isabel Marant, Yigal Azrouel, and Preen with all the elation that naturally arises. The buyers obviously have a keen eye for trends and you’ll find the most stylish ensemble for any occasion that pops up on your iCal.
Elizabeth Charles, 2056 Fillmore Street (at California Street); 415-440-2100.
The Inner Richmond’s lone destination for style-savvy wares, Seedstore carries favorite lines like Pendleton, and specializes in supplying youthful brands — for men and women — that are still on the rise. Stepping into the rustic-cool space, you’ll also find top-notch labels made by designers in your backyard. And it only takes one visit to get on a first-name basis with the friendly staff, too.
Seedstore, 212 Clement Street (between 3rd and 4th avenues); 415-386-1600.
Photos: Courtesy of Nest; The Brooklyn Circus; Erica Tanov photographed by Maria del Rio