Retail Therapy: {Haus of Half Hitch Pop-Up Shop}

As we discussed earlier this week, I’m a sucker for a great object d’art, the more unique and personality filled the better! That’s why I’ve long been a fan of my friend Carrie Caillouette’s online shop Half Hitch Goods. Carrie’s curated the most spot-on collection of unique finds – not just for your house but also for you! Half Hitch unearths makers and artisans to collect unique pieces that you’ll want to keep forever. Their mantra is “thoughtful goods for thoughtful people.” How can you not feel that?! So when Half Hitch launched a Pop-Up Shop in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley I was SO excited to see what Carrie had in store.

I wasn’t disappointed!

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The curated collection {housed in what’s usually the florist shop Birch} is a stunner. From one-of-a-kind vintage Moroccan rugs and throws {that Carrie brought back with her from her recent trip to Marrakech!} to classic blankets from Faribault Wool Mills in Minnesota, you’ll want to take a mix of luxurious textiles home with you! We had to restrain ourselves.

Speaking of home, there are bright and colorful woven baskets with grains of sand still in them from the deserts of Morocco and hand carved wooden spoons, spatulas and the most amazing pie server that are not to be missed. And don’t just think about yourself {preaching to the choir}. Any of these special items would make a gorgeous house warming gift for a dear friend!

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If you’re in the mood for some fashion Carrie also partnered with Bay Area designers to bring in highly covetable wares. The Podolls have an assortment of women’s and baby garments to choose from. With a passion for green design, their line is sustainable and hand crafted right in our backyard. And as we showed you yesterday – is stunning.

And Metier SF, another local gem specializing in vintage jewelry, have carefully curated a collection of vintage necklaces, bracelets and rings specifically for the Haus of Half Hitch shop. They also brought in tassel necklaces and key chains/wall hangings from local designer Ariel Clute. They were so stunning we couldn’t walk away without one {as you might have seen here!}.

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This is much more than just a store of stuff. Carrie has redefined the idea of treating yourself or someone you love to a truly special, lifelong gift. Perhaps you’d like an original watercolor paintings from local artist Emily Proud, sweet chocolates from San Francisco chocolatier, Dandelion, handmade handbags, vintage wall mirrors or special collaboration pieces including limited edition mugs by ceramicist extraordinaire, Helen Levi, herself! The options are endless.

So what are you really waiting for? All Bay Area peeps, go visit this beautiful pop-up before it’s too late. Haus of Half Hitch is open this month only. Do yourself a favor and make a trip over to Hayes St. before July 30th! Then you get lunch here afterwards. You won’t regret it. — Erin & Bianca

Not based near San Francisco? No worries – you can shop Half Hitch Goods online right here.

 

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

Retail Therapy: {Jessie Black, San Francisco}

It seems like everyday there’s a new restaurant or boutique to check out in San Francisco – it’s one of the things we really love about the city- it’s ever evolving. But it’s not everyday that a new spot opens up with THE sweetest shop owner of all time. Because, really, a space is only as amazing as the people inside. Jessie Black, Pacific Height’s latest luxury retail haven, is our fave new boutique, not just for the luxuriously soft lines of cashmere they carry, but for the lady behind the brand, Ms. Jessie Black, herself!

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This sweet boutique is truly one of the most unique shopping experiences in San Francisco. In the store fragrant coconut wax candles burn, french music plays, piles of purposefully “not-too-neatly” folded cashmere scream “feel me!” – every sense is brought to life.

We love the fact that Jessie designed her store around luxury textures and they are indeed everywhere! The space is beautifully accessorized with chunky knit blankets, plush woven rugs and the softest cashmere pullovers you’ve ever felt. And with a plate of macarons often put out for guests- the store is a treat, in more ways than one!

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Our favorite element has to be the fact that the shop is home to one of San Francisco’s most unique changing rooms: “the boudoir.” Jessie wanted to create a space where guests would feel right at home so her dressing room includes a bed, armoire, and gorgeous accessories- everything to make the room feel like a real bedroom. When you’re ready to try on a cozy sweater, you draw back the curtains and have the entire boudoir to change in! Jessie even encourages guests to throw the clothes on the bed {just like you would at home!}, rifle through the drawers where you’ll find fine silk lingerie and open the cupboard where the latest cashmere jacket and folded cotton t-shirts are hung- all for sale!

And if the boudoir isn’t enough, there is a beautiful patio where you can enjoy the sunshine and stay awhile- truly making Jessie Black your home away from home!!

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If you get a chance to chat as you comb through the shop’s sweet details you might get to hear Jessie’s infatuating story. A true world traveller {she’s lived everywhere from Paris to Monte Carlo, London to New York and happens to be Australian!}, her work embodies the places she’s been:

“I have been lucky enough to live in Paris, London, New York and Monte Carlo. Working in each of these great design capitals has been an incredible opportunity and really shaped my design aesthetic. Each city has its distinct style and energy. I took a slice of inspiration from each of these cities. I love the chic minimalism of Paris, the classic nature of London, the boldness of New York, the old-world sophistication of Monte Carlo and the freshness and diversity of San Francisco. Sydney for its natural beauty!”

We asked Jessie about her road to opening a luxury retail store. Early on with an MBA in the luxury goods sector, she learned opening a boutique is no easy feat. So Jessie hired on Parisian boutique manager, Carla, who has quite the resume herself, working at Christian Lacroix and Chanel and is especially grateful to her husband, whom would work her trade shows {Maison et Objet Paris, to be exact!}, ironing bed sheets and serving coffee to guests for days straight. Talk about a keeper!!

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Jessie’s love and passion for her craft, her sweet-as-pie personality and her gorgeous store are three things everyone should have the pleasure of experiencing. If you are shopping in San Francisco be sure to pop in to feel some of the softest cashmere you’ll ever touch {get thisshe uses the same atelier as Chanel!} and of course, bite into a scrumptious pistachio or passion fruit macaron! — Bianca

For even more of our San Francisco favorites, CLICK HERE!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

Retail Therapy: EQ3 comes to San Francisco

I love where we live in San Francisco. The little micro-neighborhood of “Mission Creek” has only continued to improve since we moved into the Loft 2.0 {almost two years ago, what?!}. First came Heath Ceramics, then the bar Trick Dog, Marla Bakery, Salumeria, SightGlass Coffee just opened- the list goes on. And now the ‘hood just got even better – because EQ3 is moving in down the street!

While the official grand opening of the showroom is actually tomorrow, we got an exclusive sneak peek of the hot new US flagship. Even though the final touches were still coming together, the impressive {and massive!} space did not disappoint!

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I’ve actually know about the Canadian-based modern furniture company for years. The original #34, aka my condo in Seattle, was furnished with a ton of EQ3 pieces as they were one of the only places to find modular furniture created especially for small spaces back then. I’m glad to discover they’ve grown up right along with the rest of us!

Now they not only offer their own lines of everything you need; sofas with custom upholstery and leather, beds, dining sets & shelving, but they also carry classic and highly covetable designers including Herman Miller, Vitra, Alessi, Sagaform, Urbio and Marimekko. And they’re showing it all off in the newly renovated 12,000 sq ft of space that was the old DWR store, adjacent to the design district. It’s bright, light, airy and huge. There’s even a Marimekko pop up shop-in-shop happening!

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If you need another excuse to pop over to my hot and happening neighborhood, tomorrow’s grand opening celebration is most definitely a good one. You’ll certainly make the guy who hung all the lights up there even happier than he aleady looks.

You’ll likely be pretty happy too as the grand opening just happens to coincide with the annual Herman Miller sale. That means you could take home the iconic Eames Chaise at up to 15% OFF! Holla!! There’s also a killer giveaway for all you Instagram lovers out there. If you Instagram {or tweet} about the new showroom with the #EQ3SF hashtag you’ll be entered to win some cool EQ3 pieces.

Just no climbing the walls in celebration!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick