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Meet the Maker: Alamere

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Andrew in Alamere's City Puff jacket.

Andrew in Alamere's City Puff jacket.

Alamere Designs co-owners Andrew Langsdorf and Joanne Huang both grew up spending a lot of time outdoors, from snowboarding in the winter to camping and beach trips in the summer. "When starting Alamere, we wanted to create clothing that was technically sound to take to all these places, but could also fit in around town without looking too sporty or flashy," Andrew says. "We use as many sustainable fabrics as possible, such as merino wool and recycled-content fleece, and manufacture everything in the Bay Area."

Learn more about these San Francisco designers and their assistant pup, Fuzz. 

Where do you draw inspiration? Or who inspires you?

Design inspiration can come from anywhere – nature, art, food - basically anything created simply and elegantly. Even a walk through many of the vintage stores in our neighborhood can spark ideas from clothing generations old; an interesting cuff, collar, or stitch line that we’ve never seen before can grow into an entirely new design for us.

If you could eat at any food truck, what would it be? And what would you get?

Joanne in front of their favorite food truck.

Joanne in front of their favorite food truck.

Easy consensus for us – brave the long line at Senor Sesig and get the California Sesig Burrito with pork, medium spicy. Maybe add fried egg if you’re feeling adventurous. Refer to photo for evidence :)

What do you like most about the maker community?

We love being a part of the local maker community and meeting other designers through organizations like SF Made, and through the awesome retailers we work with. It is always inspiring to see the wide range of skills, passions, and personalities of fellow local makers. We share local manufacturing battle scars, ideas, and help each other feel like we’re not the only ones trying to breathe life into our ‘crazy idea’.

Women's softshell jacket.

Women's softshell jacket.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

Currently, we can’t get enough of the California Sierras. There are so many incredible places to go - Yosemite, Tahoe, Emigrant Wilderness (highly recommend Gem Lake!) - all with enormous mountains, alpine lakes, and old redwoods.

What do you want for your next birthday?

Joanne: a Tahoe weekend in a ski cabin with good friends
Andrew: a trip somewhere warm with surfing and beach time

Joanne and Andrew's dog Fuzz. 

Joanne and Andrew's dog Fuzz. 

What does your work space look like?

We work out of a studio in the Upper Haight with high ceilings and enough space for a cutting table, tons of fabric swatches, a small photo studio, and several racks of clothes filled with samples and completed production. Our team also includes a very expressive dog, Fuzz, who basically runs the show.

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Urban Air Pop Up - Sunday September 17th

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It's that time of year again! Urban Air is taking over Hayes Valley on Sunday September 17th. We love this market, filled with many of our vendors, just right outside our door. We are celebrating that day with a special Pop Up in front of the shop! Rust and Flourish will be there for the day slinging her beautiful plants and flowers. And OodleBaDoodle will be on deck with her adorable pillows and plushies. She'll have brand new designs including unicorns, rainbows, and more! Come join the fun - we will be open special hours that Sunday from 11a-6p!

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Meet the Maker: Passion Lilie (and pre-order the new collection now!)

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Katie Schmidt is the New Orleans-based designer behind Passion Lilie, a women's fair trade and eco-friendly clothing line featuring hand block printed or handwoven fabrics. She describes her styles as "streamlined silhouettes with a flair for the vintage and retro." 

Learn more about Katie's inspirations, worldwide travels and more. And pre-order her newest collection from us seen on our model in the pictures below!

Frostine Dress available here

Frostine Dress available here

Where do you draw inspiration? Or who inspires you?

I create all the patterns, samples and technical drawings by hand. My heart and soul go into every piece. My color inspiration for the prints comes from nature. I am very in tune with my surroundings and I believe that by wearing colorful, happy prints and patterns it will brighten your mood. I am fascinated by the ancient Indian artisanal techniques of dyeing and weaving. The print and color patterns allow for a plethora of design possibilities. I design for all ages and body types and every season my goal is to create a collection that will inspire confidence in the woman who wears it.

Poppy Wrap Dress available here

Poppy Wrap Dress available here

If you could eat at any food truck, what would it be? And what would you get?

I am a sucker for Mexican food. Originally being from California, Mexican food is a key part of my diet. If the food truck does a good tamale, then that would be my first choice. But I can always do some delicious shrimp or chicken tacos.

What do you like most about the maker community?

I love the supportive camaraderie In New Orleans. We have a great maker community and we are like a big family. We support each other in new adventures and any time a tourist comes to town we are quick to recommend the art and treasures that our fellow makers create.

Ikat Jacket available here

Ikat Jacket available here

Where is your favorite place to travel?

That is a very difficult question for me to answer. I have been to 27 countries and I loved them all. For beautiful beaches - Brazil and Thailand are top on my list, but I do love my trips to India. Despite how busy and crazy India is, when I go there I find a sense of peace and I am humbled. I love all the art and culture in India - that country never ceases to amaze and inspire me.

What does your work space look like? 

When I am in the thick of designing and patterning- I have notes pinned all over the walls with measurements and ideas and pile of construction paper (for patterning) on the floor next to me.

Chevron Sweatshirt available here

Chevron Sweatshirt available here

What do you want for your next birthday?

To be in the company of friends and family…. And maybe on a beach or enjoying some good food.

Natural Perfume Workshop - September 14th

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Join us Thursday September 14th at 7p for our coveted Natural PerfumeWorkshop

In this class, you will learn all about the history of perfume and then create your own custom scent!

Workshop Includes:

  • 15 natural essential oils and absolutes to sample
  • Your formula blended into a .25 oz spray-bottle
  • A Mini bag for your perfume
  • A take home guide
  • A lively and educational discussion about botanical essences, distillation, and history
  • A mixing session guided by a trained natural perfumer
  • Your formula saved for future refills

This two hour class also includes wine and snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that night (just in time for shopping our Fall arrivals)!

Natural Perfume Workshop
gather - 541 Octavia St., San Francisco
Thursday  September 14th - 7p

Purchase tickets here (hurry space is limited!)

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Welcome Baby Rhys!

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The gather family just got a little bigger! Beautiful baby boy Rhys Emerson McClellan was born Monday August 14th at 8:15p. Owners Daisy and Christian (and big brother Hunter) are over the moon with their new addition. Welcome little one!

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Find Rhys' adorable hat in the shop and in our online shop here!

More discounts! Shop our Sale Now!

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Have you shopped our BIG sale yet? New Fall inventory is trickling in and we need to make room! Our favorite women's clothing from past seasons is up to 80% off!

The best part? We just marked down a bunch more including all of Theia Grazi's and Harumi K Spring collections (including our gather x Harumi K tulip top seen above)! Select styles from Margarette Laizure and Sarah Liller have also been added to the cut list. 

Find some gems in our web shop (no coded needed) but be sure to visit the store this weekend where the majority of goodies can be found.

Rope Basket Workshop Recap

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Talk about a fun workshop! We were so excited for our new Rope Basket Workshop but were totally blown away with how amazing it was. Cara Corey was the most patient instructor and all the students were able to turn a huge pile of rope into a home decor magazine worthy basket! Here are a few pictures from the night if you are interested. Missed the fun? Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of the page to be the first to hear about all our workshops!

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The gather family is growing!

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When Christian and I opened gather we joked that the store was our first baby.  We worked for months to open up our dream space and then worked practically everyday that first year.  It truly was a labor of love. 6 months after we celebrated our first year anniversary we welcomed our first son Hunter into the world and actually experienced parenthood and everything wonderful and crazy it entails. Hunter quickly became the shop's little mascot running all around the racks and quickly making fans. Later this month we welcome baby #2 and we couldn't be more excited.  Our regulars have always been so lovely with Hunter and we know they will welcome our newest babe with love. We think about the shop constantly....it's our first baby! So if we aren't physically in the shop those first few weeks after the birth know that we are constantly working behind the scenes. Christian jokes that you can't keep me away for very long. We'll will be nesting but will make time for visits and then pretty soon you'll see us working away, baby in carrier behind the counter. We truly are a mom and pop shop!

Here are some pictures from a recent photo shoot we wanted to share! I'm wearing Passion Lilie, Christian is wearing One World Brothers, and Hunter is wearing Boro Boro. All fair trade and local small businesses that can be found in the shop!

Meet the Maker: Theia Grazi

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Next up in our Meet the Makers series are Amy Wong and Anya Evfimiou, co-owners of Theia Grazi Clothing Co., LLC. They make casual knitwear for women - stylish and comfortable dresses and separates - from their studio in Redwood City, CA.

Get to know these two talented designers from their answers below. 

Where do you draw inspiration? Or who inspires you? 

We draw a lot of our inspiration from the beauty of nature. We also love the Japanese culture and the Kimono (how simple the design is). Our last few collections have been inspired by those as well as flowers/patterns of Japan.

If you could eat at any food truck, what would it be? And what would you get? 

Amy's favorite food trucks are the dessert ones; Cupcakes and creampuffs. Or anything chocolate for Amy. Anya doesn't normally eat from food trucks, but if she did, she would look for a food truck that sells vegan food.

What do you like most about the maker community? 

The maker community here in the bay is full of talented, down-to-earth people who are helpful and resourceful. We love that we have many friends in the maker community and that we all help each other out.

Where is your favorite place to travel? 

Amy's favorite place to travel is Hawaii. She loves the beach and loves how the island of Kauai is peaceful and calming. Anya just loves to travel and she likes to explore new countries, cultures and people.

What does your work space look like? 

We have a small studio in Redwood City where we do all of our designing and sample making. It's a warehouse-type place and we love it. 

What do you want for your next birthday? 

Amy would love to travel to Italy with her husband for her next birthday. Anya would love a trip to India.

Photos by Ana Villafane and YM Photography

 

gather's Summer Sale is On!

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It's summer sale time at gather! Help us make room for our new Fall inventory arriving very soon! We've marked down a large selection of women's clothing up to 80% off. We've got everything from classic Bridge and Burn jackets, to flirty Make It Good dresses, to comfy Curator tops, all discounted for your shopping pleasure! See our favorite picks below!

There are a few things on our web shop marked down (no coded needed) but the majority of the goods are in our Hayes Valley store so stop on in soon!

Rope Basket Workshop

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Join us Thursday August 3rd at 7p at gather for our new Rope Basket Workshop. If you've ever wanted to try your hand at the over-sized knitting trend, here's your chance! Cara Corey of Mary Marie Knits will teach you how to knit a basic garter stitch using giant needles and soft cotton rope. Then you will assemble your knitted swatch into a sturdy basket that is perfect for storing books, craft supplies, toys, or other household items. No knitting experience is required. This workshop includes a set of knitting needles for you to keep and enough rope to make a medium-sized basket (about 9x9 inch). You will also receive a free link to Cara's rope basket video class on Skillshare to refer back to after the class.

This two hour class also includes wine and snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that night. 

Rope Basket Workshop : $75

Thursday August 3rd 7p-9p

gather- 541 Octavia St., San Francisco, CA

Space is Limited - Register now!

Meet the Maker: SinceSass

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SinceSass owner Stephanie Bolton brings a cheeky sense of humor to her line of glittery zipper pouches and wine bags. She learned to sew when she was 11 years old and now makes each bag by hand using high quality and repurposed materials. "I believe every item I make should last a long time and make you smile every time you look at it," she says. 

Check out her products and learn more about Stephanie below.

Stephanie's taco and burrito pouches being assembled. 

Stephanie's taco and burrito pouches being assembled. 

Where do you draw inspiration? Or who inspires you?

Mod vintage blogs and design, Instagram (love seeing what other local artists are up to), and taking long walks in the city

If you could eat at any food truck, what would it be? And what would you get?

Anything Mexican is my go-to. My love for tacos and burritos inspired pouches of both!

What do you like most about the maker community?

Being part of the SF Etsy Leader Team, I get to see how creating events, classes, and other ways to provide opportunities to fellow local makers can change someone's business dramatically. It is a very inspiring and uplifting group of artists that want to see success from everyone. There is so much talent and smart business pioneers in our area!

Where is your favorite place to travel?

I don't think I have a favorite place, but I do like to travel. I love exploring, so finding a new place to visit (and get lost in) would be my favorite part.

What do you want for your next birthday?

Sleep and wine.

What does your work space look like? 

The center of my work space (pictured above) is a peg board, which is an art feature on all on it's own. When I'm at my tidiest, it's Pinterest worthy. I'm usually organized, which is important living in a small SF apartment. I need my supplies at my fingertips and try to not let all the sewing take over my small space.

SF Etsy Pop Up and Workshop Recap

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Thank you so much to everyone who visited us at the SF Etsy Pop Up Shop yesterday. It was so lovely to catch up with old customers and meet new ones. It was such a fun show! I only wished I had time to take the workshop we sponsored with Etta + Billie! Here are a few snaps from the event.

Pop Up and Natural Body Care Workshop This Sunday!

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Join us for as we set up shop at the SF Etsy Pop Up in Ghirardelli Square this Sunday July 16th from 11a-5p. Come out and shop and support local artisans (many gather vendors will have booths!) and have a ball! The gather booth will be stocked with the best locally and independently made goods. It will be a little gather store satellite location for the weekend! 

We will also be sponsoring a special workshop with gather vendor Etta+Billie at the same location and date from 1-4:30p. Learn all about her Natural Body Care for the Summer Workshop here and then be sure to register before it sells out. 

The pop up portion is free to attend! A true Sunday Funday indeed!

What: gather at the SF Etsy Pop Up in Ghirardelli Square
When: Sun, July 16, 2017 from 11a-5p
Where: Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point Street
(building in front of Fountains, Larken St side)
San Francisco, CA 94109

Meet the Maker: Harumi K

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You might recognize Sherry's tops, dresses and kimonos both from her line, Harumi K Womenswear, and our collaboration with her, gather x Harumi K. She says she designs clothes that transition easily from work to play with textural details and modern lines. 

Keep reading to learn more about Sherry and her work space in Oakland.

Where do you draw inspiration? Or who inspires you? 

I find inspiration in architecture, art, food, nature - sometimes in the least expected places, I will see shapes or a composition that speaks to me.

If you could eat at any food truck, what would it be? And what would you get?

I've been wanting to try the Senor Sisig food truck - there's always such a long line! I would get the TOSILOG BURRITO: Filipino Sweet Pork, adobo garlic rice, fresh tomatoes and a fried egg. 

What do you like most about the maker community? 

I love the supportive maker community in the Bay Area. It is not easy to run a small business, especially in the early stages! I've met so many talented local designers and makers - and it's so great to be able to share resources, tips, and collaborate with them.

What is your favorite place to travel? 

Japan. I'm fortunate to have family there, so I have been going there almost every year. The food is amazing, and the fabric shopping in Tokyo's Nippori District is so dangerous. I always bring a huge empty duffel bag with me to fill with fabric.

What does your work space look like?

I primarily work in my dining room - my husband built a raised platform that goes over our dining table, so it acts as my cutting table/standing desk. You will often find my cat Spartacus, trying to help! 

My sewing machines, fabrics, and inventory are stored in a spare bedroom - and the cats are NOT allowed in that room!

What do you want for your next birthday? 

A trip to Spain!

Tarot Card Workshop this Thursday!

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Join us Thursday July 13th, 2017 for a special Tarot Card Workshop. We will be welcoming Alejandra Leon Wolfe Rocha, of the Lioness Oracle to teach this magical class. Our shop will be transformed into a beautiful sanctuary filled with tapestry, crystals, and candles. 

In this class you will:

  • Delve into the realm of The Wands Suit in the Tarot, and gain a deeper understanding of their meanings.
  • Learn about the symbolism of the Fire Element, and how it relates to our life path.
  • Find out which Major Arcana cards relate to the Fire Element, and what they mean.
  • Be assisted in pulling cards and deciphering their meanings.

For this class you will need a journal, pen, and Tarot deck. Beginners welcome!!

Alejandra has been studying and reading the Tarot for 15 years. She is the creator of The Lioness Oracle Tarot, a deck she collaged by hand with found paper images. In a class with her you can expect to feel welcomed and safe no matter what your current level of expertise is. She resides in Oakland with her husband Sam, and her kitties Mina and Ziggy.

This two hour class also includes wine and snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that night.

Tarot Card Workshop: $40

541 Octavia St, San Francisco

Thursday July 13th at 7p

Sign up now - space is limited

Summer Pop Up Recap

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We had so much fun at this afternoon's Summer Pop Up with Theia Grazi and Rust + Flourish! Loved helping find customers the perfect weekend outfit and pick out flowers and succulents. If you missed out we have lots of Theia Grazi's Spring collection in the shop and have a few small and large floral arrangements from R+F still up for grabs! We are also now carrying R+F's beautiful sage sticks and succulents. Come and get it!

Summer Pop Up with Theia Grazi and Rust & Flourish - July 8th

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Join us at gather on Saturday July 8th from noon-4p as we host local clothing designer Theia Grazi and local florist Rust & Flourish for a special summer pop up!

Since 2011, friends Amy and Anya have been creating their clothing line Theia Grazi here in the bay area for every day women who want to look sophisticated without giving up comfort. They will be bringing everything from their Spring collection that we currently don't carry in the shop as well as amazing deals from past seasons. The designers will be on hand to style you and answer any questions you have about their process.

Rust & Flourish is an event and design studio based in Oakland who advocates of the slow-flower movement, striving to use locally sourced, seasonal, and foraged materials. Owner Ricci's love of flowers started at a very early age, when she would collage with her mother's garden and Martha Stewart magazines. She will be popping up for the day with various mini arrangements as well as fresh blooms to decorate your apartment with.

We will have mimosas on hand while you have fun trying on dresses and picking our flowers. What could be better? It's will be the perfect Summer day.

Meet the Maker: New Skool

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New Skool owner Nate Tan has been an artist and designer in San Francisco for more than 25 years. After working as a graphic designer, he started New Skool in his garage in 2004. While he makes screenprinted tees and jackets for adults, his specialty is baby gear with iconic images of San Francisco.

"Our latest most exciting step is we are manufacturing our own onesies and tees," Nate says. "Locally designed, cut and sewn and screen printed here in San Francisco."

Nate also maintains his graphic design business, Nate1Design, paints large-scale graffiti murals and teaches History of Graffiti Workshops at 1AMGallery in San Francisco. Learn more about him and his artwork below.

Where do you draw inspiration? Or who inspires you?

My wife inspires me. She is an amazing designer (and photographer) here in SF. My kids, of course. They are artists in their own right. I am inspired by our wonderful city, music and other creative people around me as well.

If you could eat at any food truck, what would it be? And what would you get?

I'd create a food truck for my Mom and eat there! Haha. My Mom is a Burmese and Indian food master chef! 

What do you like most about the maker community?

I appreciate that San Francisco is a city that can support artists and designers' creative endeavors. Owning your own creative business is not easy, but with hard work and persistence SF is a great place to do it.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

Mexico, but I don't really like to travel.

What do you want for your next birthday?

Happy, healthy family.

What does your work space look like?

I rent a small studio/office from Offix Edge in the Sunset District, which is really close to my home. As a dad and a business owner, this is really convenient for me. My kids often stop by the office and help me do small tasks. There is a small community of regular office mates here. We have a jeweler, a blogger, random meetings in the conference room.

I've been here almost 3 years and it has been a great upgrade for my businesses. Besides housing my New Skool inventory, an added perk is that I have 4 large walls in the office where I can display my work. It's really great to have a place to meet clients. I paint from home and walk the paintings over in the morning. If you ever want the grand tour you should stop by!

Father's Day Gift Guide

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Dads can be tough to shop for so for this Father's Day we've rounded up our favorite ideas to make dad feel like a king. Use the code "DAD2017" to get FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING (ends at midnight 6/18) when ordering anything from our online shop. Stop by for more ideas!

Gift him an experience gift - like a spot to one of our coveted workshops. Learn how to transfer pictures on to wood in our June 29th class!

Gift him an experience gift - like a spot to one of our coveted workshops. Learn how to transfer pictures on to wood in our June 29th class!

For the Warriors Fan. Available in the shop and our online store here!

For the Warriors Fan. Available in the shop and our online store here!

Mix his two favorite things together, donuts and coffee, in chocolate form. Available in store and our online shop. More flavors in our brick and mortar. 

Mix his two favorite things together, donuts and coffee, in chocolate form. Available in store and our online shop. More flavors in our brick and mortar. 

For the beer lover! I locally made magnetic bottle opener!

For the beer lover! I locally made magnetic bottle opener!

A San Francisco pint glass to go with his new bottle opener!

A San Francisco pint glass to go with his new bottle opener!

Our new merino wool lined button downs wick moisture, resist odor, and regulate temperature. What could be better?

Our new merino wool lined button downs wick moisture, resist odor, and regulate temperature. What could be better?

Don't forget the card! We have a great selection for every type of dad in the shop!

Don't forget the card! We have a great selection for every type of dad in the shop!