(credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)
Locals knows that Karl the Fog can pack in a few chilly surprises. Sometimes, layers just don’t cut it. Besides, four or more of them is not a great look. And then there’s always the trip back east, where they know what winter really is. Check out these retailers around San Francisco to pick up your new winter coat.
Seedstore, San Francisco (credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)
212 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 386- 1600
Since 2010, sister proprietors Jennifer and Cynthia have earned a following at this Inner Richmond boutique located one block from Burma Superstar. The small team of stylists have a keen eye for independent brands as well as long-time favorites, such as heritage looks for men and women from Pendleton Portland Collection. A mailing list keeps you abreast of microhood and store events.
560 Laguna St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Designer pieces at outlet prices is how they bill themselves at this favorite of fashion bloggers. Three locations give shoppers thrice the chance to strike it lucky on finding just the thing among the new arrivals and quickly moving inventory. Hayes Valley, the Mission (16th at Valencia) and Inner Sunset (9th Ave. at Irving) specialize in sample garments and past season items, but everything is discounted, new and nothing is on consignment. It’s hit or miss and always worth having a look. Get on the mailing list for in-store parties.
MAC – Modern Appealing Clothing
387 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Quietly confident types stay edgy with the cut of the cloth with men’s and women’s coats and other apparel from designers such as Comme des Garcons, Yoshi Kondo, Ryan Roberts, Mina Perhonen, FWK Engineered Garments, Ones Stroke Collection from Tokyo and Sofie D’Hoore from Brussels. When quality and evergreen pieces talk to your personal fashion DNA, seek out fine fabrics in the first instance. There’s also a store located in Dogpatch at 1003 Minnesota Street at 22nd Street.
3751 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
The cozy, loose and draped hand-loomed Lauren Manoogian Capote coat cum cape is an internet sensation this season. Those who prefer well-constructed casual without flashy designer labels may find it fun to visit this sunny Noe Valley sister store of Unionmade, where women’s looks are assembled from beret to bag to boots. Think Tokyo meets Copenhagen meets Ralph Lauren urban lumberjack.
Jeremy’s Department Store
Two South Park
San Francisco, CA 94107
In 1987, selling sample stock from a windowless rented space open only on Saturdays was the beginning of Jeremy’s story. Now in South Park and with a smaller location in Berkeley, customers say that discounted apparel from Jeremy’s has been worn at City Hall’s wedding registry and at White House functions. It’s a scavenger hunt where the patient — and diligent — are often rewarded. Look it over; items are sold as-is and could be a final sale.
Laurie Jo Miller Farr loves walkable cities. A tourism industry professional and transplanted New Yorker by way of half-a-lifetime in London, she’s writing about the best of the bay and beyond for Yahoo, USA Today, eHow, and on Examiner.com.