Style Watch

2015

Stylish new men's store opens in Oak Park

09/24/15

Stylish new men's store opens in Oak Park

A new men's shop carrying clothing and accessories, as well as household items, hopes to help Sacramento men go out in style. “I’m definitely going after men that get that less is more and are willing to start paying more for better quality merchandise,” says Jason Maxwell, owner of Oak Park Mens Supply. “I’m [presenting] staples that will never go out of style because [they’ve] been in style for years.” Such classic pieces include handmade jeans from San Francisco-based Telleson, which uses raw selvedge denim, as well as artisan leather boots from Redwing Heritage in Minnesota. And lining the exposed wood shelves and tables of the shop are mugs with leather handles and sleeves around a mason jar, zippered carryall pouches by...

Posted at 02:49 PM | Permalink | Comments

A local engineer's mini levitating hoverboard goes back to the future

08/11/15

A local engineer's mini levitating hoverboard goes back to the future

Can't wait to float around in your new Lexus hoverboard? Until the real thing comes on the market, you can get your hands on a miniature version, thanks to local engineer Eric Stave. With the help of his current crowdfunding campaign, Stave is creating Back to the Future Part II-style desktop hoverboards, which levitate using magnetic suspension technology. The engineer, who is based in the Gold Country town of Rescue and founded NeoLev Technologies, started the project after the Back to the Future trilogy’s co-writer and co-producer Bob Gale encouraged him to use Kickstarter to bring hoverboards to life. (The accessories are approved by Universal, the studio behind the massively successful film franchise.)  “Anyone who was a product of the ’80s loved these...

Posted at 10:25 AM | Permalink | Comments

Benjamins puts best foot forward with stylish shoes made in Sacramento

07/15/15

Benjamins puts best foot forward with stylish shoes made in Sacramento

Benjamin Schwartz knows what you’re thinking the first time you see Benjamins, his industrial workshop and store on the ground floor of the hip new Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL) on R Street. “People come by,” Schwartz says, “and they kind of look at the sign, then they look at the table, and they look at us making stuff. And they say, ‘Are you making shoes?’ ” Indeed, Schwartz is making shoes—to order, by hand, one pair at a time, stitching cashmere or cotton uppers to rubber soles. The 31-year-old has seen demand for his eponymous footwear—which ranges in cost from $195 to $245 per pair and resembles a dignified hybrid between moccasin and deck shoe, crafted with high-end fabrics...

Posted at 11:24 AM | Permalink | Comments

Eclectic lighting and home décor store opens in East Sacramento

06/05/15

Eclectic lighting and home décor store opens in East Sacramento

A new shop specializing in American-made handcrafted goods and lighting is set to hold a soft opening next weekend on Saturday, June 13 in East Sacramento. East 40 Electric & Supply Co., located across from 57th Street’s Antique Row, is owned by husband-and-wife duo Mike Graffigna and Shawn King in their first retail venture. King describes the shop as “schoolhouse electric style” thanks to Graffigna’s handmade pendant and cage lights (which he makes onsite and range from $30-$99) hanging from the ceilings and his butcher-block and plywood fixtures that feature the store's merchandise. And she says the store takes its name from its neighborhood—“East” for East Sacramento, and “40” in reference to the nearby...

Posted at 09:26 AM | Permalink | Comments

New vintage craft store opening in Oak Park this fall

05/18/15

New vintage craft store opening in Oak Park this fall

For Lori Easterwood, what's old is newly fashionable. The former librarian is opening Make/Do Sacramento, a vintage, fabric and handmade goods shop, this fall in Oak Park. The cozy boutique will feature rare and vintage fabrics, antiques, craft materials and locally handmade products including jewelry, ceramics and bags. “A lot of things are languishing in closets that can be brought out and repurposed rather than just buying new—I love finding the utility in things,” Easterwood says. Currently, Make/Do operates as an online store, which highlights items like reclaimed, steam punk-style jewelry by Sacramento native Christina Edmondson and a ceramic elk skull wall lamp by Velk that’s adorned by mosaic tiles and light bulbs on its antlers.  ...

Posted at 10:26 AM | Permalink | Comments

A spring bazaar invites locals to Shop 'n' Stroll

03/17/15

A spring bazaar invites locals to Shop 'n' Stroll

On March 21, retail stores on 21st Street between 1st Avenue and X Street will open their doors and share the sidewalk with 36 local artisans and vendors for Shop 'n’ Stroll—a full-day bazaar for goods galore. Starting at 10 a.m., visitors can browse jewelry, shoes, handbags and other wares from local and out-of-town vendors alike. Sacramento will be represented both by stores along the route (including vintage outlets like The Antique Company, Fringe, and This ‘n’ That Thrift and Gift, whose proprietor Lynda Tyler founded the event) and vendors like AmberLilies Fashion (who will sell her handsome artisanal aprons), Two Flew the Coop (which makes swanky shelters for urbanite fowl), or Z to Z Creations (which creates functional artistic pieces out of such...

Posted at 11:22 AM | Permalink | Comments

Fashion, food and summer are in focus at Sacramento's inaugural First Festival

03/03/15

Fashion, food and summer are in focus at Sacramento's inaugural First Festival

Memorial Day Weekend might customarily usher in the summer season, but what ushers in Memorial Day? Look for the answer this May in West Sacramento, which will host the inaugural First Festival on May 23 to launch 2015’s season of outdoor festivities. Born from the minds of local business owners Danielle Vincent and Ashley Rastad—the two run the retail shops Firefly and Moonrise Boutique, respectively, out of the Midtown Collective at 19th and P streets—the free fair starts at noon and will highlight music, food and fashion from around the region while allowing festival enthusiasts to stock up on apparel and other local goods for their summer itineraries. “The idea is that it kicks off festival season,” Rastad says. “This is a great place...

Posted at 11:37 AM | Permalink | Comments

Getting married? Get inspired at these 6 spring wedding fairs

02/19/15

Getting married? Get inspired at these 6 spring wedding fairs

Love is in the air this spring with an influx of weddings—and their corresponding wedding fairs and other planning events—occurring in and around Sacramento. From a one-stop showcase giving away a prize package valued at over $8,000 to a Southeast Asian-infused bridal extravaganza, here’s a list of six wedding showcases to check out before saying, “I do.” Dream Wedding Show Feb. 22 Having wedding block? Look for inspiration at this bridal show’s Dream Theme Pavilion, a 5,000-square-foot space at Cal Expo scattered with tabletops and wedding designs collaboratively arranged by vendors, including décor professionals, furniture rental services, backdrop specialists and florists. (In the past, ideas have ranged from a Great...

Posted at 11:15 AM | Permalink | Comments

'Project Runway' stars to present their new spring collections in Sacramento

02/18/15

'Project Runway' stars to present their new spring collections in Sacramento

Local fashion designer Richard Hallmarq and four of his fellow Project Runway alums get set to rule the runway in Sacramento on Sunday, March 1, at “House: A Fashion Experience.” The chic showcase, which will be held at downtown’s The Park Ultra Lounge and feature a runway show and pop-up boutique, will highlight the spring 2015 lines from Hallmarq, Melissa Fleis, Daniel Esquivel, Emily Payne and Samantha Black, all of whom starred in the Heidi Klum-hosted reality television series. For Hallmarq (who opened his studio and showroom at 8th and H streets last April), this high-style evening not only presents an opportunity to unveil his new collection, but also to show off his hometown. “I wanted to invite some of my friends from [Project Runway] here so they...

Posted at 01:47 PM | Permalink | Comments

Ana Apple set to open a children’s clothing store in Old Sacramento

02/11/15

Ana Apple set to open a children’s clothing store in Old Sacramento

Ana Manzano, owner and operator of Ana Apple, the handmade, eco-friendly children’s clothing company, is opening her first shop in Old Sacramento, with an anticipated opening in the first week of March. Last year, Manzano, 30, won the second annual Downtown Sacramento Partnership “Calling All Dreamers” contest, designed to help start-ups open their first storefronts. Ana Apple was selected from a pool of 33 contestants and won the grand prize valued at $135,000 and a year of free rent. (The inaugural “Dreamer” winner was Andy Paul, who has since opened Andy’s Candy Apothecary near 9th and J streets. The 2015 contest launches today.) What started as a one-woman show in 2009 with Manzano selling her clothing at local craft fairs and farmers’...

Posted at 09:43 AM | Permalink | Comments

Get a chic preview of Sacramento Fashion Week 2015

02/09/15

Get a chic preview of Sacramento Fashion Week 2015

From Feb. 15-21, Sacramento Fashion Week hits city runways over seven days filled with style-related events designed to help Sacramentans embrace their inner Anna Wintour. From three shows highlighting the region’s hottest talent to a film exhibition connecting the two creative industries, here’s a rundown of what’s going on during the city’s biggest fashion showcase. Launch and Boutique Show Feb. 15 To kick off the week-long celebration, designers will present one piece from each of their collections at this launch party at the California Auto Museum. Afterward, guests can shop the venue’s boutique showcase, which features items from the region's chicest shops, including Krazy Mary’s, Mirror Mirror Fashion and U.Be.U. Fashion Boutique. (VIP...

Posted at 04:35 PM | Permalink | Comments