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Six Questions with Sheri Evans of Metier

by Tina on January 31, 2012

If you live in San Francisco and love to shop, then chances are you’ve been to downtown boutique Metier. And if you don’t live in SF, or do and don’t get out much, you can still shop at Metier. More on that in a second. They stock a ridiculously gorgeous collection of estate jewelry, as well as collections from cult favorite Isabel Marant, handbag genius Jerome Dreyfuss, Raquel Allegra, Rag & Bone, Vanessa Bruno, Alexander Wang and many more. One customer  coined their selections as “Modern with a vintage edge.” But they’re so much more. Metier is that super cool, way-too-nice-it’s-hard-to-believe girl everyone wants to be friends with. And when it comes to clothing boutiques, Metier has some serious tenure. Having just celebrated an impressive 20 years in business, they’re one of the oldest boutiques in SF, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why. Proving that great things come to those who wait, after years as a strictly brick-and-mortar outpost, Metier has ventured online. And their site is really, really good. Well-styled images meet beautifully-curated items meet a clean, easy-to-shop interface. All you could ever ask for really.

And here’s the kicker: Owner Sheri Evans (pictured right below) was kind enough to answer six of our questions!
Warning: You may love Metier even more after reading this.



Six Questions with Thistle & Clover

by Tina on July 6, 2010

Co-founders Camilla Gale and Rand Niederhoffer opened Brooklyn boutique Thistle & Clover in March of 2008, and have since been outfitting New Yorkers (note: they sell online too) with unique and approachable style ever since. Their dedication to indie designers such as Dace and Mociun caught my eye quickly, and I’ve grown to love their warm, feminine aesthetic more and more each season. I knew the store was operated by two adorable women who met while at University in Scotland, but I had to learn more! I caught up with Rand and Camilla for our six questions interview series.  Turns out their personalities are just as inviting as their boutique.

Here’s what they had to say:

SB: Which designers are you most excited about for Fall?

T&C: Iro (we’re bringing the must-have label back from a fourth season hiatus), Dusen Dusen (her star scape prints are to die for), and of course, Trovata (a label we live for and in). [READ MORE…]

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Market Shopping with Anica Boutique

by Tina on March 10, 2010

Rati Sahi, the remarkably stylish owner/buyer behind San Francisco boutique Anica just got back from fall 2010 market and she’s sharing her favorite pieces of the season — and why she’s loving them! All styles featured will be available for purchase online and in store this coming fall.



“I love how understated these earrings are. But they’ll still get you attention. They’re great to mix match. Mix the gold w/ the silver and/or pyrite, w/ or w/ out diamonds — I love the countless options. I’m fascinated by the Aesa’s entire collection. Her gem work is amazing and there is a story behind each piece”




“I’m so happy we finally have Margiela in the store, it’s hands-down one of my favorite new additions. This sweater is my top pick of the season. The material is so cozy and soft to the touch. I guarantee that once you put this on you won’t want to take it off! And you can pair it with anything and it’ll look great”




“A Détacher is another new addition to Anica that I can’t get enough of. This vest is great because it’s heavy like a jacket w/ out being bulky, and I love the harness detail that comes down the back. All her pieces are truly elegant, and beautifully constructed. The designer understands craftsmanship and you can tell in the most simple pieces.”

Anica is currently stocked full of spring goodies. Visit them online at, or in person at 2418 Polk Street in San Francisco.


Six Questions With Candice Waldron of Jumelle

by Tina on February 16, 2010


Saying I love Brooklyn based boutique jumelle is an understatement. Their mix of classic staples, Parisian-cool wares,  and a grown-up girly vibe sets my heart aflutter every season and it’s reassuring to know that there is such a nice woman behind the boutique. Owner Candice Waldron took time out of her very busy schedule to answer a few of my questions about the boutique, her favorites this spring, and some other stuff:

S.B.: Do you have any favorite new designers for spring?

C.W.: Ostwald Hegalson: I was instantly taken with this line when I came across it last year in Paris. There was no doubt that I would be ordering this collection for the shop. Based in London, Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Hegalson create narrative prints and employ a kaleidoscope of colors in their designs.

Standard Finery is designed by Williamsburg local Caron Callahan. Prior to starting her own collection Callahan worked at Barneys, Derek Lam and Steven Alan. She has created a collection “for women who love beautiful clothes but don’t need to make a fuss about them.”

Anntian: I have had my eye on this Berlin-based line for a couple of years now and it will finally be available at jumelle this Spring. Anntian is designed by Anne Hilken and Christian Kurt, one of the sweetest couples I’ve met. Their line is artistic, geometric, offbeat and modern.


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Six Questions with Colin Talbot

by Tina on January 25, 2010

idontlikemondaysIn the world of e-commerce, some online-only boutiques do it well…and others do it really well. I Dont Like Mondays does it really well, so well their online presence is all you need — you won’t miss trying on the goods, because they offer free shipping and returns! Ever since their semi-recent debut, this New York based online retailer born from a warehouse loft dishes out a cool mix of inspiring wares for him and her…and their selection improves dramatically each season. With a combo of up-and-coming labels like Savant and Stolen Girlfriends Club and more established names like Melissa shoes and Cheap Monday, IDLM is gaining some serious recognition, deservedly so.  One of the creative forces behind the shop, part owner/buyer Colin Talbot was up for participating in my Six Questions behind the boutique series. He dishes on some best-selling labels, the best part about owning a boutique, and the shop’s exciting future:

1.) S.B.: Favorite new designers? stolen-dot-dress-bm

C.T.: They’re not technically “new” but Stolen Girlfriends Club is definitely a new favorite of mine.  The line has had a great response from the media and the bloggers and it’s one of our top selling lines. Not to mention, the guys behind the line are kick ass.

Another collection to look out for is Savant.  It’s a label from NY designer and dear friend Feng-Feng Yeh.  Her first collection in Spring was hugely successful and she’s really upped the ante this Fall, so I’m expecting this collection to be an even bigger hit.

2.) S.B.: Five must-have items from the shop you’ve been wearing?

C.T.: Unfortunately I’m not stocking much in the way of menswear as of yet.  HOWEVER I’ve placed a lot of orders on men’s collections for Spring 10, so male customers will have much more to choose from on the website.

5preview-y5l-tank-cmAs for Fall ’09 hits:

Obesity and Speed – Black Shredded Cobweb Tee, Melissa Shoes – Ashanti Bootie (sold out) , Ground Zero – Madonna Tee, 5Preview – Y5L Tank, April 77 – Mountain Spring Cardigan

3.) S.B.: What is the best selling item or designer in the store?

C.T.: 5Preview, Obesity and Speed, and Ground-Zero killed it this fall.

4.) S.B.: Other than I Dont Like Mondays, where are you shopping online? How about locally?

C.T.: I shop a lot of vintage and consignment. The East Village has some pretty amazing stores.  And eBay is always good for some rare finds.

5.) S.B.: What is your favorite thing about owning your own boutique?

C.T.: Fashion retail is incredibly fun and it’s one of those things that anyone can do.  This all started as a pipe dream when I was living in Bed-Stuy two years ago struggling to make ends meet. I was able to scrape what little money I had to create a simple website to sell some t-shirts I made.  Since then it’s snowballed into what it is today and it seems to keep on growing.  I’ve been really fortunate to have such an amazing response and I hope this ride continues for a while because this really is the most fun I’ve had working EVER.

savant-harem-silk-am6. ) S.B.: What’s up next for I Dont Like Mondays? Any plans, trunk shows or collaborations in the works?

C.T.: The new Gallery project for Spring is out of this world.  I can’t say who and what it is as we’re keeping that a secret for now, but it really is stunning.  We’re also considering having an event in the near future, sort of a dance party/pop-up shop extravaganza.  Still figuring out timing and logistics so stay tuned!

editorial note: make sure to check out I Dont Like Mondays’ blog for regular posts on art, events and more…not to missed. And if you’re into Twitter and Facebook you can follow them there too!

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cofc3I’ll admit it. I’m a Creatures of Comfort addict. They have a special talent of stocking my favorite pieces from designers like Rachel Comey, Henrik Vibskov, A.P.C., LD Tuttle and ACNE, season upon season. Since relocating to Los Angeles, I’ve found myself at their Melrose Ave. boutique more times then my budget will allow. Add that to their well-stocked Web boutique and I’ve got a serious problem on my hands. Jad Lai, owner and buyer was nice enough to participate in my 6 Questions serious and share some top secret info. Ok, maybe not top secret, but stuff she doesn’t tell just anyone:

S.B.:Wh0 are your favorite new designers for fall?
For fall we picked up Tom Scott, a sweater designer from NY. He makes really unique and well designed knitwear that I want everyone to try on. Also from Berlin Christian Wijnants. He creates collections with amazing textile and unusual shapes. For accessories, Manu by Lauren Manoogian. She just moved here from NY and makes these amazing paperclip and tape necklaces. Next season she’ll be making equally colorful and playful jewelry, but with leather. Also new in the store, we have clogs from No.6. We sell out of them really quickly since they’re comfortable and sexy at the same time.

S.B.: Name five must-have items from the shop you’ll be wearing this season?91840
1. Zucca Sweater Hoody 2. Rachel Comey Leopard Skirt 3. VPL Femur Leggings , 4. Isabel Marant Leopard Fur Coat 5. Therese Rawsthorne Contortionist Shirt

S.B.: What’s the best selling item or designer in the store? How about the most popular trends this season so far?
Isabel Marant and Henrik Vibskov. Animal prints and leggings seem to be getting their play this season.

S.B.: Other than Creatures, where are you shopping online? How about locally in L.A.?
Saint James for my stripe shirts, for books, Heath for tableware, ebay for vintage furniture and jewelry. In LA, I love South Willard for my menswear sweaters and notebooks, Ooga Booga for art zines and random art objects, Hennessey and Ingalls book store in Santa Monica, OK on 3rd street for gifts and knick knacks.

91142S.B.: What’s your favorite thing about owning a boutique?
I’ve met many of my closest friends through the store. Either when they came in to shop, or some are designers and artists I work with. Also, it’s nice to be forced to travel to exotic places for the store. Traveling on buying trips gets tiring sometimes, but it can be a lot worse.

S.B.: What’s next for Creatures of Comfort? Any plans, trunk shows or collaborations in the works?
Creatures of Comfort just launched a line for ss10. Also there are plans for a store in NYC… And collaborations will just come naturally, with all the designers we work with…

Creatures of Comfort is located at 7971 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles and online at

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Six Questions With Pamela Baker-Miller

by Tina on October 27, 2009

Agenlina Rennell from Beklina helped us debut our “Six questions” behind the boutique interview series a while back and next up is Pamela Baker-Miller, one of the masterminds behind Frances May in Portland Oregon and who coincidentally listed Beklina as one of her favorite online shopping spots…oh how we’re all connected! Frances May’s mix of under the radar indie designers like PAM, Dusting and Moth Love blends seamlessly with their bigger labels like Alexander Wang and Rachel Comey. But I’ve merely listed a few designers, they carry a lot more, all of which are listed online. The semi-recent online extension is clean, pretty and full of goods to lure you in, I find myself visiting their Website daily it’s that addicting.


Pamela is super sweet and had some exciting news to share, like what she’s wearing this fall, and the prospect of an up and coming store label!

SB: Do you have any favorite new designers for fall?
I adore the new Therese Rawsthorne. I find her designs to be so inventive and amazingly wearable. Rachel Comey is always a favorite; her patterns are unbeatable. I also really love Church & State; their attention to detail is superb.

Screen shot 2009-10-27 at 9.50.49 AMSB: Name five must-have items from the shop you’ll be wearing this season?
APC Button-Up Cardigan– This cardigan is so much more than just a sweater. It is fully lined, super soft, and warm enough to be your winter coat in milder climates. Cardigans are apart of my everyday uniform so this piece is like Christmas for me.

2. Bodkin Lover Dress-I’ve already worn mine three times since I bought it a week ago. It looks fabulous with black tights, flats, and oversized cardigan.

3. Rachel Comey Husband Flat-Perfectly understated men’s inspired shoe. I have really big feet and therefore have been forced to wear men’s shoes for years.  To finally have a pair that feels like I’m not wearing my dad’s shoes is a pleasant surprise.

Screen shot 2009-10-27 at 9.51.33 AM4. Church and State Shirt Dress-Triple pleats, ¾ length sleeves, rounded collar, and dusty rose herringbone fabric; how could it get better?

5. No. 6 Leather buckle clog boot-I have been waiting all fall for these! We should receive these any day now. They are the perfect mix of comfort and style.

SB: What is the best selling item or designer in the store? Most popular trends this season so far?
PBM: Pendleton plaid, floral prints, and menswear for women. Favorite designers are probably Rachel Comey, Lover, Lewis, Vena Cava, and Church & State.

SB: Other than Frances May, where are you shopping online? How about locally in Portland?
PBM: Beklina, Totokaelo, Creatures of Comfort, Anica, and Bona Drag. I check these sites daily. In Portland, my favorite shops are UNA (I adore Giovanna’s ablity to create an inviting and comforatable space while at the same time pushing the envelope for avante-garde clothing), Odessa (one stop shop for all my favorite lines or at least the one’s I don’t carry), Lille for lingerie (a nice bra is imperative for the open back/ exaggerated armhole tees), Frank James for fun trendy pieces, and Winn Perry (to spoil my boyfriend with lux attire and products he would never buy himself).

SB: What is your favorite thing about owning your own boutique?
PBM: I enjoy curating a space that my customers get excited by. Bringing new lines to the shop creates a fresh feeling while also supporting artisans in their chosen medium, clothing. I also enjoy traveling to New York 4x a year to visit with old friends and even making new ones (hopefully Paris will be in the near future). And of course being my own boss.  You can’t beat it. The extra work is well worth it.

SB: What’s up next for Frances May? Any plans, trunk shows or collaborations in the works?
PBM: A Frances May line. I’m currently working on an in-house line. I’ll let you know when it debuts.

Frances May is located at 1013 SW Washington Street Portland, Oregon 97205 telephone : 503.227.3402.


Q & A: Yara Flinn of Nomia

by Tina on October 21, 2009

yaraIf you saw my recent fall wishlist post you may remember the cut out Nomia dress. Out of all the amazing dresses this season, I chose that one to dream about. It’s pretty simple: navy, silk, shifty w/ a couple draped cutouts at the shoulder. But I love it and when I buy it (it was a wish list remember), I’ll wear the crap out of it. That’s what I love about Nomia: their pretty, well-fitted dresses and separates, plus character minus the fuss. I’ve been reading a lot about the label since its debut back in Spring ’07 and was curious about the woman behind the label — 26 year old Yara Flinn. So I contacted her and she was totally game for an interview. I probed about her past design experience w/ label United Bamboo, inspirations, and even ventured to ask some totally random questions like if is she on twitter. Is she? Keep reading to find out…

nomia3SB: I love the wearability and accessibility of your designs. How important is this aspect when sitting down to design a collection?
YF: I really like to balance design with practicality and comfort. Sometimes I start with a design based on something I really want to wear the next season, and sometimes I just design from pure imagination. The inspiration is always different.

SB: I see you interned at United Bamboo (on of my faves!). How have you incorporated what you learned there into your own label?
YF: I love everyone at UB, they are like a close family. I think what I learned from them is subtlety and incorporating the richness of details into otherwise simple pieces. Their designs are at once modern and classic, and that is definitely something I strive for with my line.

SB: When you aren’t wearing Nomia, what other designers are you rocking?
YF: Mostly old t-shirts and jeans, to be honest! But other designers I love are Acne, Bodkin, Phi, Helmut Lang, and United Bamboo.

SB: What are you listening to?nomia
YF: Music is my biggest passion, and I am always trying to learn about new artists. Right now I am listening to Pictureplane, The Tough Alliance, Growing, Animal Collective, Lemonade and many more…

SB: If you had to chose three words to describe your line, what would they be?
YF: Geometric, feminine, strong.

SB: Favorite thing about designing your own label?
YF: Being creative, and seeing the evolution of a vague idea in my head to a finished garment. I also love the idea of making something that will end up in someone’s wardrobe, it’s so nice to see how people mix and match and incorporate my pieces into their own personal styles.

nomia1SB: Any big influences for the Spring 2010 collection? How about for Fall ’09 which just hit stores?
YF: Spring 2010 was about lightening up after the darker, moodier fall collection. I think it’s important to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone as a designer and always keep your audience guessing a bit. Spring 2010 has a lot of this very light pinks and nudes that I wouldn’t normally use, but I enjoyed working with them and contrasting the femininity with nylon mesh and fishnet.

SB: Nomia is a fairly young label, you launched in 2007. What’s next for Nomia? Any collaborations in the pipeline, or any news to share?
YF: Hopefully I will collaborate on a few different ventures for Fall 2010, you will just have to stay tuned and see! The collections have grown slightly each season, and I will continue to add on in the future, but I still edit the collections very heavily- I like for each piece to stand on it’s own.

SB: Are you on Twitter?
YF: No, right now I just do updates on the Nomia Facebook page.

Images from Nomia’s Spring 2010 collection. Visit Nomia online at

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