9 S.F. Shop Boys Show Us Around Their Sweet Stores

[UPDATE: This was originally published on July 6.]
We have a hard enough time waltzing into some of S.F.'s top stores without getting distracted by the dazzling duds, but add a stylish shopgirl or guy into the mix and we can kiss the will to leave buh-bye. Yep, we'd hole up in these havens if it were up to us. But, since we can’t exactly do that—we’re opting for the next best thing.
After proudly presenting a crop of our fave lady store clerks recently, we knew it was only a matter of time before we would shine the spotlight on S.F.'s dapper boutique dudes. And boy, did we huddle up a crew of handsome, fashion-loving fellas. We’ve tapped blokes from all over our fair city to talk shop (quite literally) and Bay Area style. Wondering which cool guys made a cameo? Click through to meet 'em all, out from behind the counter.
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Anthony Calisterio and Eric Powers of The Brooklyn Circus

Tell us more about The Brooklyn Circus.
Eric: "The store is small and cozy and has an amazingly comfortable leather-tufted couch sitting dead center. The shop is full of vintage decor and has old songs from Bill Withers and Miles Davis playing in the background. It almost takes you back in time."
Anthony: "It is a lifestyle shop and brand that offers a unique selection of tailored, casual clothing and accessories for men."

What do you love about your job?
Eric: "We all take on many responsibilities at the shop — including client outreach, sales, merchandising, and event promotions. The team is included in creative decisions, as well."
Anthony: "I get to meet amazing people with the same fashion sensibility. I also like the fact that the Brooklyn Circus emulates a timeless look."

How would you describe your customer in three words?
Anthony: "Diverse, mature, and stylish."

What do you think differentiates The Brooklyn Circus from other S.F. stores?
Eric: "Aesthetically, there are not many stores like it, plus we really pride ourselves on making the customer’s shopping experience personable and enjoyable."

How would you describe your personal sense of style?
Anthony: "Ivy league, utilitarian, and workwear-inspired."
Eric: "I like to mix rough and rugged with tailored and refined pieces. You can often catch me in raw denim with boots and a blazer or a Brooklyn Circus jacket."

The Brooklyn Circus, 1521 Fillmore Street (between O’Farrell and Geary streets); 415-359-1999.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Alex Gair of Rand + Statler

Tell us more about your job and why you love it.
"Rand + Statler is a boutique in Hayes Valley. We sell clothing, shoes, and accessories — with a focus on European brands. We have a really small and super-rad staff."

What do you think differentiates Rand + Statler from other S.F. stores?
"I think our drop-dead beautiful merchandising, our sought-after product, and cool staff make us most unique. We really focus on helping everyone who comes into the store and we all love to shop around and hang out with our customers."

What’s one in-shop item you have your eye on?
"Besides all the Gant x Michael Bastian stuff, I have my eyes on a Uniform Wares 150-series watch in rose gold and brown leather."

What other S.F. stores do you love?
"I'm a big fan of the Salvation Army on Valencia, Unionmade, and Welcome Stranger."

Rand + Statler, 425 Hayes Street (between Gough Street and Octavia Boulevard); 415-634-0881.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Terry King of Bastille

Tell us more about your job and why you love it.
"My job keeps me on my toes. It is fun yet challenging — with plenty of room for creative freedom. I love that everything is so hands-on and that my role really contributes to our success. Plus, I work with an amazing team!"

How would you describe your customer in three words?
"Knowledgeable, assertive, and awesome!"

How would you describe your personal sense of style?
"I would describe my personal style as ‘refined casual.’ I gravitate toward things that are driven by design and that challenge the aesthetic of menswear."

What do you think differentiates Bastille from other S.F. stores?
"The cohesive yet diverse selection of brands and products we carry. The price points really satisfy a range of consumers. Clients also have the option of shopping with us from home or through our web store, which is an amazing advantage."

Bastille, 66 Kearny Street (between Post and Geary streets); 415-951-0210.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Spencer Lemon of Unionmade

Tell us more about your job and why you love it.
"I focus on buying, special projects, marketing, and PR. I’m fortunate to meet and work with a wide range of inspiring and entertaining individuals."

How would you describe your personal sense of style?
"American classic — layers, patterns, and key pieces that are clean and classically tailored."

How would you describe your customer in three words?
"Thoughtful, focused, and curious."

What do you think differentiates Unionmade from other S.F. stores?
"Our assortment, merchandising, atmosphere, customer service, and product knowledge."

Unionmade, 493 Sanchez Street (at 18th Street); 415-861-3373.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Joseph Towery of Unionmade

Tell us more about your job and why you love it.
"Over the years I've found myself really enjoying jobs that contain a social component. And it's possible to find Unionmade filled to the brim with people and energy on a daily basis."

What’s one in-shop item you have your eye on?
"I'm a fan of the 8.15 line. I'm always eager for new pieces from it."

What other S.F. stores do you love?
"F.S.C Barber, Reliquary, Gravel and Gold, General Store, and Taylor Stitch."

How would you describe your personal sense of style?
"I think my personal choices are made with a strong sense of nostalgia and longevity. I find myself attracted to the types of looks that aren't fashion forward, but instead are the kind of clothing I've grown up with all along. For instance, I was raised running around on farms in jeans and denim jackets. I still reach for that outfit pretty regularly."

Unionmade, 493 Sanchez Street (at 18th Street); 415-861-3373.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Stephen Chen of MAAS & Stacks

Tell us more about your job and why you love it.
"I do everything from buying to managing to working on the floor. I love seeing how the collections we buy resonate with the customer when they finally arrive in-store."

What’s one in-shop item you have your eye on?
"These Margiela trainers in a rubberized, mustard yellow."

What other S.F. stores do you love?
"Self Edge and General Store."

What do you think differentiates MAAS & Stacks from other S.F. stores?
"I think I might be a little biased on this one, but we really strive to create an environment that feels inviting and special the moment you reach the front door. We don't compromise the design and quality of the lines we carry. We truly love our selection of brands."

MAAS & Stacks, 2128 Market Street (between Church and Sanchez streets); 415-678-5629.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Justin Hager of Welcome Stranger

Tell us more about your job and why you love it.
"I get to work with an awesome team of people and interact with the best customers every day. We are always bringing in new, rad stuff. It’s great to be just as stoked on new arrivals as our customers!"

What do you think differentiates Welcome Stranger from other S.F. stores?
"The neighborhood, international tourists, local artists, musicians, and our friends all help support and shape our merchandise mix. We present a unique combination of brands you can't get anywhere else in S.F."

What’s one in-shop item you have your eye on?
"Our entire Welcome Stranger fall line that arrives at the end of this month. It all looks amazing."

What other S.F. stores do you love?
"Wasteland, Green Apple Books, Amoeba Music, and NO Shop."

Welcome Stranger, 460 Gough Street (at Hayes Street); 415-864-2079.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Marcus Leung of Acrimony and ACRE/SF

Tell us more about your job and why you love it.
"I basically just get to be passionate toward people, which is pretty sweet. We wind up looking through a lot of stuff whenever we go shopping for the store, so when we bring something in there’s always a reason. I also can’t complain when I get to work with a small group of folks who are as excited about design as I am."

What’s one in-shop item you have your eye on?
"Definitely the General Idea patchwork military jacket — a completely crazy design that’s so perfectly wearable. And the switchback bracelet we designed with Joomi Lim."

How would you describe your customer in three words?
"Adventurous, modern, and uncompromising."

What other S.F. stores do you love?
"It’s a major temptation being down the street from Gimme Shoes. I love browsing the racks at The Archive, too. And if you go with me to Green Apple Books, be prepared for a long shopping trip."

What do you think differentiates Acrimony and ACRE/SF from other S.F. stores?
"I refuse to let people walk out of the door if they’re only ‘so-so’ about something they bought. We take a little more time when we put together our buys to make sure nothing is boring and everything challenges you to try something new. I mean, if I get bored with it, why would I expect anybody else to wear it?"

Acrimony, 333 Hayes Street (between Franklin and Gough streets), 415-861-1025. ACRE/SF, 301 Union Street (at Montgomery Street); 415-875-9590.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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