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Sacramento fashion designer creates retro baby onesie line

01/22/16

Sacramento fashion designer creates retro baby onesie line

Sacramento fashion designer Maisha Bahati is creating divas in diapers with her new baby clothing line depicting cool throwback designs and retro icons like Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. Coined ThatGirlHarlem, the line was launched in November and is named after her 3-month-old daughter Harlem and features onesies, leg warmers, headbands and baby booties in brightly colored fabrics. Bahati crafts each onesie at her Fair Oaks home using a vinyl heat press, and can customize them with different baby names, like one that features her daughter’s name under a gold chain. Harlem acts as the model for all the onesies, which are sold online via the designer’s website, as well as at the Harlem Haberdashery Boutique in New York. The designer says she turned to ’80s...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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