Thursday, October 16, 2008

Capsule Design Takes Over Hayes Valley

On a brisk and cold Sunday in San Francisco I decided to check out the Capsule Design Festival in Hayes Valley Park. Capsule puts on a number of design happenings throughout the year, but the autumn event spanned the length of almost five blocks and included fashion, jewelry and handbag designers plus a variety of other artists selling their handmade crafts. And with DJ's spinning music all day long, shoppers and design enthusiasts bundled up and came out in droves. It doesn't hurt that Hayes Valley is also the center of some of the most innovative boutiques in the city.

My favorites were from local jewelry designer Colleen Mauer and the fabulous wool coats from De Novo, designed by Elizabeth Holliday. Given the type of day we were having, I gravitated straight into the coat rack. Her coats are made of the most plushy warm fabrics from Europe that she gets through designer overstock. So you could be wearing the same wool as Burberry, but have a coat that is designed and manufactured in the Bay Area. If you're looking for a classic statement piece with a modern edge check out the De Novo collection.

Colleen Mauer's collection of delicate chain necklaces and stacked metal rings had an elegant simplicity and refinement that stood out among some of the more outlandish designs at the festival. Colleen spent a great deal of time traveling before she ventured out on her own with the business and it's clear that her travels gave her a broad scope of vision. If you missed her at the festival, her designs are sold in San Francisco at The Mission Statement, Secession Art and Design and The Chrissy Bee.

It must be getting close to the holidays because there is yet another eco-centric shopping event coming up this Thursday. Appel & Frank host an Eco-Chic Shopping Event at the Regency Center from 5-9PM at 1270 Sutter Street.

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