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Madewell to Open SF Store in July

By Samantha Durbin · June 13, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Told you so! Get the full scoop on 7x7...

Tagged with: Openings, 7x7, Madewell, shopping, J.Crew

La Boutique Brings Shourouk Chic to SF

By Samantha Durbin · June 4, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Read all about Paris-based mixed media accessory designer Shourouk at SF's La Boutique on 7x7.com...

Man Tanks

By Samantha Durbin · May 16, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

'Rad' is back and so are man tanks. Cringe if you will, but I think they're hot. In a showy, bro-ey way. Consider it the male version of the romper; flattering for the toned, svelte and confident — any or all of the above. An undeniably sporty look, man tanks conjure up images of vintage surf culture. Cue North Shore brights and freckles. Man tanks took a '90s turn in Point Break proving they too can be tough. To appease both surf films, you can find your man tank via Warriors of Radness or Swell's extensive selection. Throwback brand Warriors — nominated for GQ's new menswear designer of '11 — is flashy, slightly trashy, while Swell supplies cool grays and subtle stripes. Stay loose, haole.

Valencia Street's F.S.C. Barber and Freemans Sporting Club Corners Male Grooming

By Samantha Durbin · May 11, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Read all about Valencia's new Barber Lounge, F.S.C. Barber and Freemans Sporting Club, on 7x7.com...

J.Crew Monogram: Worth the Wait?

By Samantha Durbin · May 9, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Monogram. A lost art? There's something utterly charming about a little ode to yourself on yourself. I've always had an affinity for 'S's, but the key is to keep it simple. And that's just what J.Crew Monogram does. I recently received their Stretch Perfect Shirt in Classic Stripe ($68) as a gift, but what made it special was the teeny red 'S' monogram on the left sleeve cuff. It is teeny though, it could be a smidgen larger. Monogram is an extra $10 and there's a single letter option or triple-initials in classic block monogram or diamond insignia. It takes two extra weeks to arrive, so planning is crucial — make sure to dot your 'i's and cross your 't's.

Tagged with: monogram, shopping, J.Crew

Ballet, Valli, Boom

By Samantha Durbin · May 1, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

No doubt, San Francisco fashion is on an upward tick: Wintour drawing museum exhibits, Refinery 29's SF launch, the gentrification of mid-Market via CityPlace. And has anyone else noticed the San Francisco Ballet's style boom? I have, and I'm thinking of getting back to the bar with a Lines ballet class. But enough about this Black Swan, the Ballet is bringing shapemaster Giambattista Valli to The Fairmont for its 30th San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show on Tuesday, 5/10. Cocktail hour, live auction, raffle, fashion show — and yes, fancy costs as fancy does. Highest ticket price is the Grand Benefactor Costume Circle Ticket at $1,000, and $200 is as low as it goes for a Patron Ticket. Boom shaka.


Alexis Bittar Spills Into SF

By Samantha Durbin · April 18, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Tempting right? Read my story all about the SF/Bittar opening party at Fashionista.com...(It's not cheating, it's diversification).


Matthew Williamson at Macy's...Schwing!

By sfairbender · April 12, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

$1,000 deep. That's what happened the last time Matthew Williamson did a mainstream collection — H&M circa '09. Two years later, and two years wiser, I'm hoping I can contain myself. Tomorrow, 4/13, Williamson is revealing his capsule collection for Macy's Impulse. His wanderlust aesthetic is evident in bold prints, ruffled hemlines, sexy silhouettes, maxi dresses, and light denim; prices range from $59 for peasant blouses and wispy dresses to $299 for a slick yellow leather moto jacket. Also, if you're a MW die hard, be sure to check out his compilation CD. Until tomo...

Tablehopper's Marcia Gagliardi Dishes Deep

By Samantha Durbin · April 11, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Eating out in San Francisco can be both invigorating and intimidating. I'm always on the prowl for newness (me at the Bun Mee pre-launch party), however, SF has so many fine classics (Kokkari is as good as ever, naysayers). If you're a fan of Marcia Gagliardi's weekly Tablehopper e-column, or her beloved SF dining guide, you'll be stoked to know she has launched an accompanying website: www.deepdishing.com.

I'll be referring to DD to learn what restaurants are buzzing and what plates to order where. You can browse by hearts, neighborhoods, cuisine, price, and restaurant type — and this goes into the easy bay and beyond. Zuni Cafe? The chicken for two please. Cotogna? Housemade ricotta with wild mushroom crostini indeedi. Tartine Bakery & Cafe? BREAD. Become a member, ask questions, offer tips. Great resource for locals and passersby...nom nom nom.

Sunny Sippin': Yelp Drinks! 2011

By Jennifer Gardner · April 1, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Spring has finally sprung. Meaning it’s time to pull out our sundresses, shades, and fedoras, and head outside for drinks in the sun. What better way to quench your thirst than a list of half-off happy hours? Next week is Yelp Drinks! 2011. From Monday the 4th to Sunday the 10th, we can all enjoy half off beverages at a variety of SF hotspots, including one of my personal favorites, Rye. Just mention Yelp, order one of the listed libations, and sip with a smile in the SF sun. I’ll be the one handling the Cold Whiskey Punch (Reg = $11, YD = $5.50). Cheers.