With its industrial history and vibrant character, Dogpatch is the ideal hub for San Francisco’s fashion-forward denizens. The go-getting, entrepreneurial spirit of the neighborhood’s past seems to have been resurrected, this time in the form of hip, high-end cuisine, art, and handmade goods. Pop your head into an erstwhile factory or warehouse, and you may just find a newly renovated leatherworking space or a gleaming gallery. In a neighborhood so alive with creativity, it’s no surprise that some of the most talked-about boutiques and shops have found a home. Resident fashionistas at the 815 Tennessee Dogpatch condos will find themselves a quick walk away from all their style necessities. Here are some of our picks for a shop-till-you-drop day in Dogpatch.
Modern Appealing Clothing | 1003 Minnesota Street
This family-owned outpost is where we’d stop first. For one, you can grab a latte next door at Piccino, which shares the cheery yellow building with Modern Appealing Clothing (MAC). Once your caffeine intake is sufficient to commence a day of shopping, head into MAC. The store is so enchanting that the San Francisco Chronicle described it as “San Francisco’s fashion Wonderland.” While you’ll find well-known designers like Dries Van Noten and Comme des Garcons, MAC also features collections from local designers like Ryan Roberts and Serial Cultura, according to Paper Mag. And if you want something personalized, look no further: the store offers made-to-measure pieces that are crafted with a lifetime of enjoyment in mind.
Piece x Piece | 2325 3rd Street
For the environmentally conscious fashionista, stopping by Piece x Piece is a must. The company’s founder and director, Elizabeth Brunner, embarked on a mission to solve a problem she saw in the fashion industry: waste. Instead of creating more, she decided to take discarded and unused fabric and give it new life. The result is a collection of pieces with an ethereal and airy vibe, reminiscent of watercolor paintings, each hand-sewn by a small group of tailors right in Dogpatch. Brunner, in an interview with the Golden Gate Express, describes her aesthetic as “timeless and seasonless.” Indeed, these pieces are one-of-a-kind expressions of California cool, with the added bonus of being good for the Earth.
Future Glory | 435 23rd St., Third Floor, Suite 21
Every fashionista knows how difficult it can be to find a purse that is designed with both beauty and functionality in mind. Luckily, the holy grail of accessories exists, and right in Dogpatch: Future Glory. These minimalist leather bags with simple metal rings for handles have been celebrated in magazines like Vogue, Elle, and InStyle, and for good reason. Not only are they chic, upscale, and unforgettable, they’re also socially conscious. Theresa Lee, the designer behind the bags, uses her entrepreneurial powers for good, and is dedicated to empowering women through apprenticeships and donations to charities that protect the vulnerable. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported, Lee used to make the bags in her own apartment, but has since moved to a factory where visitors are welcome. Bonus: the leather is obtained from American sources.
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