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Benny Gold, Not Phrased.

August 31, 2009
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BG just released his latest exclusive collaboration tee titled “Phrases” alongside another well known San Franciscan designer group REBEL8. This was to go alongside another limited edition tee that they had released a week prior dubbed “Script” which they had done only a run of 88, and sold out through the REBEL8 online store. You could try to pick up one of the “Phrases” fits but I’m sure they will be sold out soon.

Courtesy of Bennygold.com

Courtesy of Bennygold.com

Gold and REBEL8 are known for their clean two color print tees with signature designs including Benny’s airplane, and Mike’s (from REBEL8) handwritten script. Gold is a well known graphic designer straight out of San Francisco, with exclusive collaborations under his belt with teams like MASH SF, HUF, and many more. Apart from branding and collaborating with companies, Gold still has time to shred San Francisco, and even has his own skate hardware?! I’ve been a fan of Gold’s designs since I moved out here, and it’s great to see him doing well and staying busy. He’s off to Vegas for the tradeshows and tweeted “Made sure i got all the orders out before I leave for Vegas. took me close to 2 days to do it. Rebel8 x Benny Gold shirts are on their way – thanks!” with the pic attached.

Gold's Twitpic

Gold's Twitpic

Stay on the lookout for more to come on these exclusive projects!

-By Zain Ali


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San Francisco Tattoo Expo

August 31, 2009
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This weekend was host to the Tattoo and Body Art convention, more commonly known as the Tattoo Expo. The Tattoo Expo is an event that takes place multiple times a year in different cities throughout California. It is the world’s largest tattoo convention to date.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the body art culture is a prominent part of San Francisco culture. My objective in attending this event was to capture the look, feel, and overall, style of this piece of the Bay. The following slideshow is a small representation if what I found there.

Stacie Hipp


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What’s for dinner?

August 28, 2009
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by: Ariel Rhodusfbindex

There are so many options when it comes to what you can choose to eat in the city. Essentially, whatever you crave you can find. I think it is necessary to inform all San Franciscans as well as tourists and visitors about one place in particular: Farmer Brown.

I just happened to be strolling down Market before work one Sunday and caught it out of the corner of my eye. The outside of this place is a bit misleading…yes, it is on the edge of the Tenderloin. However, once you walk inside, it is a relaxed, ultra cool environment. From the live jazz that was playing to the oversized photos hung around the restaurant, Farmer Brown was the perfect place to grab brunch and soak in life.media_restaurant
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This fine establishment offers a wide variety of soul food dishes including jambalaya, a pulled pork sandwich that will bring tears, fried chicken, catfish and so many others. Their specialty drinks are amazing as well (which I did not have before work…I came back after).menu_porkThis surprising little restaurant is located just off of Market on Turk. Their hours are a bit on the frustrating side (only open for breakfast on the weekends from 10am-2pm, open at 5pm all week), however, well worth the wait.

To visit their site or make reservations, you can visit their site at http://www.farmerbrownsf.com. 

Photos courtesy of farmerbrown.com


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One for Me will Help You

August 27, 2009
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By Ariana Faina

Shop for a cause this Event FlyerSaturday!!!

Get yourself a one-of-a-kind pair of TOMS shoes and TOMS sends a pair to a child in need.

Who: YOU!

What: Shopping

What: Custom TOMS shoes

Where: Azalea Boutique, 411 Hayes Street, San Francisco, Ca 94102

When: Saturday, August 29th, 11am-5pm

Why: Because spreading the LOVE is just that easy!

Azalea Boutique

About Azalea Boutique

Azalea Boutique was opened in 2003 by 2 Cornell girls, Corina and Catherine, in hopes of offering San Francisco the best selection and best service. The boutique features jewelry, men’s and women’s apparel, and accessories. And if you need a good mani-pedi- they do that too!

About TOMS Shoes

White Canvas TOMS $44
White Canvas TOMS $44

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The Good Shop Summer Sale

August 27, 2009
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Local San Francisco independent retailer is throwing its End of Summer blow out sale. 

$5, $10, $15 on all summer gear, thats over 50% off retail prices!

Stop by and get it while it lasts.

Located at 2590 Folsom Street, the sale takes place from 8pm to 10pm tonight, August 27th!

Come by for some free drinks, great prices, and an all around good time.

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If you happen to miss the event tonight, make sure you stop to check out the new fall gear soon! or click here www.thegoodshopsf.com for a little bit of online shopping to break up that long work day!

-Rayna Basta


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I’d like to introduce you to People Tree

August 27, 2009
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People Tree is the “Fair Trade fashion pioneer”. Not to be confused with the label Free People… or maybe that’s just me. They’re based in the UK  &  are way ahead of a lot of other labels that I know of, in terms of doing good for the world. I would love to follow in their footsteps by starting a similar company, but for now that’s just a pipe dream.

Let me explain.

They care about garment worker ethics as well as using sustainable processes for making the products. As they put it (much more eloquently), “For every beautiful garment People Tree makes, there’s an equally beautiful change happening somewhere in the world.”


Most of the cotton is fair trade and organic, and all of the dyes used are safe and natural. They source locally and choose natural materials over synthetics. They reduce their carbon emissions by employing handcraft techniques rather than machinery.

They work with 50 fair trade groups in 15 different countries in order to benefit as many people as possible. The groups are involved not just in making the products, but in crop growing, dyeing, weaving and more. To provide as much trade as possible, People Tree prefer to design items with extra features and employ techniques done by hand instead of machine, like weaving, knitting and embroidery.


Here’s an excerpt from their site, about one of the communities they are helping:

If you’re born to the ‘pode’ caste in Nepal, you are expected to clean the sewers and streets of the areas inhabited by higher castes. In return, you will be paid a pittance – sometimes no more than scraps of left-over food.

The Kumbeshwar Technical School in Kathmandu provides education, vocational training, and then paid employment to these most underprivileged of people. In the six years since People Tree became involved with KTS, the group of knitters and dyers has grown from 15 to over 240.

People use the money they earn to educate their children at the KTS primary school (which People Tree funds 50% of), which is something that they could never have dreamed of previously.

One knitter, Laxmi, describes it like this; “People Tree’s orders are vital to KTS, to me, my family, my colleagues and grass-roots female producers in my country. Fair Trade orders empower these people socially and economically and mean we can educate ourselves and our children. Knowing this inspires me to work hard. I wish and pray for the success of Fair Trade fashion and People Tree.”

I was captivated by the words on their site. They are plentiful and inspiring. I love that they are so open about their supply chain and their practices. They have nothing to hide. That is so refreshing when many labels withhold their suppliers, preferring to shield themselves from the blame in case one of the many levels is found out to be unethical.

The next time I need something I can’t find second-hand I’m shopping there despite the expense.

Here are some items I’d love to own:

They also stock accessories, menswear, kidswear and and some home products. Check it out: People Tree
Ann R.

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L.L. Bean Tries New Lifestyle Look for 2010

August 25, 2009
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L.L. Bean SignatureL.L Bean has begun making moves towards solidifying its new lifestyle line by choosing Rogue Gallery’s Alex Carleton as the head designer. As an iconic American sportswear brand, L.L Bean has been offering quality and innovative sportswear to men and women for the past 100 years.  However, this March the brand hopes to start a new page in its history with L.L. Bean Signature. “This is for modern, everyday dressing. My goal is not to challenge you. My goal is to make your life better.” Said Carleton when asked of certain expectations of the brand. He hopes to reinvent various style elements from classic Bean pieces of the past decades, and introduce them in modern taste to update the fit and look of the new label. Carleton has designed for the likes of Ralph Lauren and his experience has influenced his designs. Vice President Chris Veckers shares his point of view too “We are responding to a call from an underserved market in our customer base. These customers know and trust the L.L. Bean brand and favor American classics and modern styling, and they are looking for additional offerings that will give them a more versatile wardrobe… L.L. Bean signature will take the best of Bean and reinterpret it in a fresh new way.” The biggest difference will be that these garments will have a much closer fit to the body.

Men's SweaterThe line is going to be introduced for the Spring/Summer season in 2010 featuring women’s soft denim, colorful madras shirt dresses, new chino styles, classic wrap skirts and an updated belted camp jacket. The men’s line will include shawl neck sweaters, madras and buffalo plaid shirting, tailored linen blazers and a new version of the American field coat.

Veckers said pricing has not been determined, but you can expect to buy a shirt for at least $50-$70 and a jacket for about $200. The line will launch in March 2010 and will available to purchase on llbeansignature.com, mail order catalog and select LL Bean retailers.

Jamie T.


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Tedda Hughes

August 25, 2009
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Tedda Hughes is a great little boutique and art gallery on Polk Street. Filled with unique clothes and jewelry from local designers plus monthly gallery receptions!

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-Lucia Velazquez


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Stay TRUE to SF

August 24, 2009
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True SF kicked off their new summer collection at the beginning of this month with their 13th anniversary. Their new fresh line dubbed “Far From the Finest” includes tees, fitted caps, hoodies, and even a “spice” grinder bearing the True label. The apparel has been available in both store locations since August 1st, but this week they launched their new site featuring their FFTF line, along with all new products from other brands as well. I’ll be sure to grab one of their 1915 tees that has a map of SF peeking through the True logo, I’ll never lose my way home from the mission again!

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Trueclothing.net v4.0

There’s a lot of SF love in this new line of apparel, from street signs, to gang signs throwing up 415, they’re even carrying the new Jansport x HUF collaboration backpack (retails $230.00).

True Street Signs Tee

True Street Signs Tee

So be sure to swing by one of the retail stores located on Haight and cop some SF love:
True Mens
1415 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

True Womens
1417 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

-By Zain Ali


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SF ZineFest

August 24, 2009
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The past weekend was the eighth annual San Francisco ZineFest. The festival is a celebration of all the DIT. The festival was a two-day event and held in the County Fair Building located at 9th Ave and Lincoln Way, with an after party event at the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street. It is all ages and always free to the public. There were a variety of activities going on, including workshops and meetings with zine producers, who gathered to discuss, trade, and sell their products.

The festival is basically a meeting place for zine producers and enthusiasts. There is an incredible diversity of publications displayed, ranging from comics, streetwear trends, and recipes. It is an immensely interesting and captivating event. If you didn’t make it this year, I highly recommend marking your calendar for next year’s event.

For more information, please visit http://www.sfzinefest.com/

Stacie Hipp


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