Five stylish boutiques not to miss.
Rand & Statler: Co-owners Catherine Chow and Corina Nurimba have built a mini fashion empire in Hayes Valley, with the opening of Azalea in 2003 and Welcome Stranger in 2010. Their latest bid for retail domination is Rand & Statler, which is stocked with cutting-edge looks from the likes of Alexander Wang and Acme.
Wilkes Bashford: After a top-to-bottom refit, the town-house-style emporium in Union Square now has a men’s store featuring Brioni and Kiton boutiques and a made-to-measure bar for suits.
Heath Ceramics: The 65-year-old, Sausalito-based houseware company, renowned for its heirloom-quality tableware and tile, recently opened this 20,000-square-foot factory, shop, and café in the Mission District. Glass walls give visitors a peek at tile production while they browse the bowls, vases, and table linens.
Harputs: Proprietor Gus Harput turns out avant-garde pieces that look deceptively simple on the rack. Most can be worn a multitude of ways; the three-hole blazer and the swacket (sweater-jacket) are travel essentials.
March: This gallery-like space specializes in goods for the kitchen, home, and pantry. Owner Sam Hamilton has commissioned work by local artisans, including Carrara worktables, leather bags, and Japanese indigo-dyed clothing.