Monday, November 23, 2009

THREAD On the Bay

Thread San Francisco, a 2-day holiday shopping event featuring local designers and artisans, recently took over the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason on the 21st and 22nd. The event featured 100 independent fashion designers and artists showing their wares, from bags to brooches, tees to tartans. In the midst there was a live DJ and a hosted bar, plus a live runway show each day. This year’s event also featured a new Eco-design zone, fitting for a fashion festival in San Francisco.

I had the chance to stop by on the second day and saw a few familiar favorites including comfy eco knitwear by JulesElin and picks from Secession Art & Design. I was happy to see Erica Varize , designer of Evarize, with a selection from her bold, form-fitting collection. Varize was part of the recent APAture runway show at SOMarts a few months ago and her collection was one of the stand-outs of the evening. She’s recently partnered with Project (RED) to fight the AIDS epidemic by designing the Measu(RED) line with proceeds going to the AIDS Global fund and Project Uganda 07.

A number of interesting jewelry designers were also featured at the show. Twinkle Studio by Sara Vaccarielli caught my eye with its table of sparkly vintage gems. Vaccarielli reclaims older pieces and remakes them into modern vintage. I walked away with a bracelet for $30 that was not only unique, but could have been passed off by J.Crew for $100 or more. On the flip side, the delicate handmade metal pieces by Meghan Patrice Riley were modern elegance meets industrial chic. Her lightweight pieces could be worn piled on with a little black dress or worn as a single statement piece. I found her work to be one of the more high-end collections represented at the show.

Thread hosts events nationally and is based in Los Angeles. Their next event is in San Diego December 5-6. If you missed it and want to do some holiday shopping from local designers, Appel and Frank are hosting their Stocking and Stilettos holiday shopping event on Thursday, December 10th at the Regency Center. For more information, click here.


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