San Francisco city guide

Ladita

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.
3266 21st St., 415-642-9453

Painted Bird

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.
1201A Guerrero St., 415‑401‑7027

Paxton Gate

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.
824 Valencia St., 415-824-1872

Jackson Square & Union Avenue

Lucky's favorite stores in San Francisco's Jackson Square/Union Avenue neighborhood!

Chariots on Fire

Hidden behind frosted garage doors in an otherwise boutique-less stretch of the city, Chariots on Fire is an unparalleled resource for jewelry you'd be hard-pressed to locate anywhere else on the West Coast. Scott Wilson's net-like crocheted necklaces are arranged on stacks of white paper next to one-of-a-kind woven bracelets from Romy Derman and futuristic chokers pieced together with chips of mirror by Stefano Poletti.
893A Folsom St., chariotsonfire.com

Eden & Eden

Filling a pie-shaped wedge on a sunny corner, Eden & Eden is devoted to goods from Britain, including Tatty Devine necklaces cast after giant zippers, Rococo teal goblets, and fluorescent yellow wallpaper reproductions of bus schedules. Even though the merchandise is all readily available in the U.K., the assortment is so spot-on that many of its online orders come from London-based clients.
560 Jackson St., 415-983-0490, edenandeden.com

As featured in Lucky's City Summer Shopping Guide!

Jeremys

Jeremy Kidson opened this gigantic department store-sized outlet immediately after high school in the late '80s, presenting current-season collections from some of fashion's biggest names at a fraction of retail prices.
2 South Park, 415-882-4929

Metier

One of the few independent boutiques that hang with the big boys over in Union Square (Neiman Marcus, Marc Jacobs, Chanel), this quietly low-key space peddles a stellar roster of citified labels: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Isabel Marant, and Daryl K.
355 Sutter St., 415-989-5395

As featured in Lucky's City Summer Shopping Guide!

Hayes Valley & Lower Haight

Lucky's favorite stores in San Francisco's Hayes Valley/Lower Haight neighborhood!

Azalea

A small storefront belies the fact that Azalea is not only gigantic—but also houses an in-store spa. It's a long-standing establishment and a one-stop destination for everything from denim (there's a huge wall of it) to Comme des Garçons tops and Devotte boots.
411 Hayes St., 415-861-9888, azaleasf.com
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