Tripping to San Francisco

So you would think that an Arkansas girl living just an hour away from the Big City of San Francisco would find all manner of excuses to get up to the city.  But nooooo, it’s always “too far away” and “I should have fun in San Jose!” and “leave me alone I’m taking a nap” (that’s from my husband).  We really are a lazy bunch here at Jumbo Jibbles, but we got up the gumption to get on a train and visit Fog City last Saturday.  My only to-do was to visit Britex, and once that was done (too rich for my tastes/wallet) we took a bus to the Mission and wandered for HOURS.

Left to right: Me, photobombing hungry dude, Justin, Big Mouth Burger dude

We really had only one agenda: suss out awesome clothing boutiques, especially for handmade dresses or spectacular men’s clothing.  Justin has been loving the Put This On webcast and blog, and wanted to check out a few places mentioned by that particular fashion authority.  This agenda was not adhered to strictly, and I’m afraid I didn’t find the bespoke clothing I was looking for, but Justin found a ridiculous shop selling $1,000 jeans.  I’m not giving up my search, but I’m looking forward to the day I can find a dress made of something other than freezer paper, doesn’t have birds all over it or exposed zippers.

Image from Craftsman and Wolves

Highlights of the trip: Craftsman and Wolves–  we got to this fancy bakery late in the day, so it had the look of high-end boutiques showcasing a single shirt or tie in a large, industrial space.  Only a few croissant and cake slices were left, but we also found a few glass jars of their hand-made fruit jellies (like fancy gum-drops) and store-made granola.  Craftsman and Wolves, to me, sounded like another rich-mans-blue-jeans store, or a nightclub you had to have specific period-garb for.  I’d like to go again earlier in the day when the shelves are stocked.  The jellies were delicious.

Whisky Study by Telopa at Fabric 8 Gallery in San Francisco

Fabric 8 was a gallery and curiosity shop that I may try to sell at (I hope).  It had neat little t-shirts and hipster novelties, but also a winding gallery that ended in a tidy backyard garden.  Even the bathroom had an installation (koi-filled bathtub, which I WISH I’d taken a picture of).  When we went, they were showcasing a number of artists from classic portraits to surreal and somewhat gross oil paintings.  Their next exhibit opens today, called Tight But Loose.  Check it out if you’re up there!

Image from Gravel and Gold

When I read the name Gravel and Gold, for some reason I knew exactly what the shop would be like– except for the boobie pillows.  Mostly barnwood and stolen rocks in decor, this place had an mix of rustic jewelry, printed pillows and books.  The clothing was mostly silkscreened in SF (not just screenprinted tshirts, but actual fabric made into clothing) and was beautiful.  The “boobie” theme was throughout the store, with shirts, pillows and jewelry emblazoned with breasts.  Not in a crude way, just celebratory boobies.  I was tempted by the necklaces, and wish I could find a picture to put here.  Let me tell you, that was a Google image search I cannot unsee.

There was more, oh so much more!  But now it is Saturday morning and I can smell the fake bacon crisping in the pan.  Get off the computer and enjoy yourself today!



One Comment on “Tripping to San Francisco”

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