Tucked away in Russian Hill and owned by a former stylist, zeroes in on the best pieces from the most fashion-forward green designers. Turk + Taylor tops and Larsen Gray dresses are here, along with an ample array of clutches, totes, and heels.
Iconic San Francisco socialite Joy Venturini Bianchi's newest undertaking is a brownstone turned appointment-only store, replete with centuries' worth of vintage that's been donated by her many friends. Venturini Bianchi, who is always on hand, knows the history and lineage of almost every garment here, from the Estevez capes to the Chanel dresses. Prices are reasonable considering the inventory, and all sales directly benefit the charity she's been supporting since she was 14, Helpers, which aids the mentally disabled.
Helmed by one of the city's most celebrated interior designers, Sheri Sheridan's emporium has been an inimitable source for inspirational home goods since it opened in 1996. In naming her shop after the bird that's supposed to guide wayward sailors to shore, Sheridan takes a far-flung, nest-building approach to creating her displays, placing Stephen Sprouse graffitied chairs next to botanical posters and ages-old ephemera.
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Former art director Sasha Wingate had a vision for her new shop: dark, gothic, and a bit twisted, but ultimately really gorgeous. It's an aesthetic that's mirrored in every inch of her opulent spot, which feels like the sanctuary of a sorceress of the dark arts. There's lots of clothing, but the selection particularly shines when you zero in on the home goods, sourced from as far away as the flea markets of China (busts, antique glove molds, opalescent vases).
A Willy Wonka–esque wall of candy behind the register—from swirled lollipops the width of Frisbees to caramels in retro wrappings—provides a serious distraction as you step inside. But those who can work their way past the counter will find loads of girly clothing labels like Built by Wendy and regional designers such as She-bible and Mixie.
This enduring spot (the owner recently changed the name from its original, Minnie Wilde) is a retro-modern wonderland, complete with paintings of stampeding horses and handpicked Danish consoles. Beyond the excellent house line of hooded capes, there are well-priced Manoush dresses and dead-stock Jordache denim.
The slightly hippieish Bernal Heights has a relaxed, residential feel, and this is a terrific new eco-centric retail foothold in the area. Owner Christine Kay carries Stewart + Brown sweaters and earth-minded denim from James Jeans.
Operating as a bit of a co-op (you can trade clothes for store credit or just pay the regular way), this vintage boutique displays only the most on-trend, pristine pieces—which means there's a plethora of affordable leather bombers and mod dresses. It also carries new denim from Cheap Monday and a handful of locally based designers like Featherwitch.
Probably most famous for its impressive wall of rare—and for sale—taxidermy and exotic nursery (obscure air plants, succulents, and ferns predominate), Paxton Gate focuses on bizarre, naturally occurring phenomena. It also sells an enviable range of jewelry: There are tiny gold pendants cast after bird bones and necklaces dotted with mollusk-like charms.