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New gift boutique with a focus on the hip and handcrafted opens in midtown

03/06/17

New gift boutique with a focus on the hip and handcrafted opens in midtown

Stylish hand-sewn throw pillows to complement your sister's French farmhouse décor. A silver flask just perfect for your hipster friend's birthday. Sweet-smelling soy candles in amber glass your ex-hippie mother would love. Shoppers in midtown's Handle District have a new place to linger before dining at Zocalo or Aioli with the opening of Boar Haus, an atmospheric gift boutique in the 1801 L Street complex whose vibe is at once rustic and modern, with an emphasis on handcrafted items, many of them local. “We’re trying to find these really cool pieces that have a story to them and are celebrating the creativity of the American entrepreneur,” says Elizabeth Bacon, who runs the boutique with her business partner Briana Ezzell. Boar...

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A chic peek at this year’s Sacramento Fashion Week

02/15/17

A chic peek at this year’s Sacramento Fashion Week

Sacramento Fashion Week is making a stylish return to the capital city for an 11th year Feb. 19-25. Read on for the runway shows, workshops and showcases you won't want to miss. Launch and Boutique Showcase Feb. 19 Fashion week will launch with a party to introduce the week’s showcasing designers to the public and spotlight six pop-up boutiques from in and around the northern California region, like Folsom’s Runway and Button Up boutiques, El Dorado Hills’ Mirror Mirror Fashion, Haute Again Consignment from Davis and Sacramento-based Retrospect Vintage Fashion. $10-$50. 4-8 p.m. Masonic Temple. 1123 J St. Fashion Forum Feb. 20 Hosted by the Art Institute of California Sacramento, this forum will bring together six industry professionals from...

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Barbie goes dark in a new Sacramento art exhibit

11/29/16

Barbie goes dark in a new Sacramento art exhibit

Painter and provocateur Maren Conrad's latest work is at the heart of a new exhibit, "The Darker Side of Pink," being mounted by gallerist Pamela Skinner in East Sacramento on Dec. 9 and 10. The show, which looks at Barbie from a variety of artistic perspectives, centers around Conrad's playfully transgressive series of large resin paintings that depict the doll and her boyfriend Ken naked and in flagrante. Conrad's portraits of Barbie are painstakingly executed using pointillism, gold leaf and multiple layers of resin—portraits of a plastic icon rendered in plastic. The local artist aims to explore the idea that, with over a billion dolls sold worldwide, a significant portion of womankind learned about bodies and sexuality by disrobing the at once...

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New boutique with designs made for and by women opens in Oak Park

10/25/16

New boutique with designs made for and by women opens in Oak Park

A new women’s boutique from the folks behind Display California has opened in Oak Park’s burgeoning shopping district. Damas, which opened in September, is owned by husband-wife duo Maritza and Roshaun Davis (who also run next-door’s Display California and the event company Unseen Heroes) with Maritza’s cousin Sylvianette Thomas and her husband Marvin. Maritza says the idea came when she realized she was seeing a number of great designers apply to have their goods sold at Display, many of them female, but who were automatically disqualified because they weren’t from California. During a visit to her cousin in Southern California, the two discussed developing a place that empowered women in the fashion and retail industry. “Our family...

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A new fair-trade boutique to open in midtown

08/15/16

A new fair-trade boutique to open in midtown

Natomas resident Rachel Dee Minyard and her husband, Daniel, are putting the finishing touches on Purpose, their boutique at 1423 28th Street, in preparation for a soft opening the first week of September. The shop will carry ethically made clothing—which Rachel Dee Minyard describes as modern and artistic—as well as jewelry and home goods (think candles, jewelry boxes and soaps) crafted by companies Minyard has vetted as fair trade and often charitable. “There’s nothing wrong with consuming—with loving fashion and loving great things," Minyard says, pointing out that it's possible to have "not only a community impact but a global impact" at the same time. Purpose will carry lines like Chick Boss, which makes sculptural,...

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