After storage became an issue for prop stylist Rod Hipskind and photographer Kelly Ishikawa, they determined they could keep collecting flea market curios if they started selling off the rest of their loot. This brand-new spot is a moodily gorgeous showcase for their treasure-divining ability—plus, almost nothing tops $100.
At first glance, Polanco looks like it's a gallery for Mexican art, but closer inspection yields several cases of lushly exquisite jewelry from Latin America, like seed-pearl-studded antique chandelier earrings and new skull-shaped beads strung on silk.
Co-owner Rena Tom's original venture occupied a frustratingly tiny storefront in Brooklyn, but a late 2007 relocation to San Francisco ensured much more spacious digs. There's a truly great array of Karin Eriksson's delicate ceramics, Lena Corwin's coffee table books, and Three Sheets to the Wind's intricately patterned pillows.
The focal point shifts constantly at this design shop (past themes have included Woodland and Modern Folk). The motif now is Picnic, which means that the items—ranging from beautifully modern serving bowls to birthday candles modeled after sailors—are all arranged on a maze-like grid of waist-high green shrubbery. The concept of Wordplay is up next.
This traveling sample sale has a permanent address in San Francisco, which means that you'll always find significantly slashed prices on labels like Vivienne Westwood.
Lucky's favorite stores in San Francisco's Presidio Heights/Inner Richmond neighborhood!
Co-owner Jameson Alexander's sister owns Hayes Valley boutique Dish, and—since she made it look so fun—he decided to open up shop himself in late 2006. The front is full of cool art books and cleverly designed giftables and stationery, while the back serves as a small exhibit area for San Francisco artists.
Employing one of the most innovative retail concepts we've yet to see (100 percent of all profits go directly to a list of area charities), this enormous designer-laden boutique is lavishly outfitted with metallic floral wallpaper, gigantic chandeliers, and a wine bar.
Just over a year old, this discount boutique not only gives huge breaks on the designers it carries (Catherine Malandrino, Joe's Jeans, etc.), but it also donates 20 percent of sales to local nonprofits.
Lucky's favorite stores in San Francisco's Pacific Heights/Western Addition neighborhood!