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Weaving Workshop

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Join us at gather Thursday October 19th at 7p as we learn the basics of weaving in our Intro to Weaving Workshop. In this class Jennie Lennick will teach us how to successfully make your own loom, warp it, weave with a needle and shuttle, and decorative techniques like adding tassels and braids. You will have the option of turning your beautiful weaving into a wall hanging or a statement necklace – how cool is that?

All materials will be provided and everyone will take home their project with an instruction packet for later reference.

Jennie owns Jenny Lemons, a small-batch clothing company based in the Mission. Jennie learned to sew, bake, and embroider as a child growing up in rural Minnesota and draws inspiration from traditional domestic craft. She moved to the Bay Area to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting. Jennie loves constructing garments and teaching workshops all over the city. 

This two hour class also includes wine and snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that night. No experience needed- all levels welcome!

Intro to Weaving Workshop

Thursday October 19th at 7p

gather - 541 Octavia St, San Francisco

Meet the Maker: Krista Tranquilla

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Inspired by the mountains where she grew up and the ones where she currently lives in Truckee, CA, jewelry maker Krista Tranquilla creates outdoor-themed necklaces, earrings, cuffs and more. From John Muir quotes to constellations to ocean and forest imagery, Krista's beautiful work evokes a sense of calm. 

Learn more about Krista and see examples of her jewelry below. 

Where do you draw inspiration? Or who inspires you?

My inspiration mainly comes from the idea of being outside. I am also inspired by brave and adventurous people.

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

For me, it is all about the sauces. So a food truck that would have a bowl of good food and killer sauces to choose from.

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What do you like most about the maker community?

I love how supportive everyone is and that the idea of collaboration is generally shared by all.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

I dream about international travel all the time, but we (my husband and 2 daughters) can be found backpacking in the Sierra or camping on the coast when it comes time to travel..

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What do you want for your next birthday?

A day of pampering.

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What does your work space look like? 

I just moved into a bigger space in my house. It has lots of light and it is very messy. I love it.

Leather Crafting Workshop

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Join us next week on Tuesday October 24th at 7pm for our new Leather Crafting Workshop. In this introductory class, we will learn to make three leather key chains including on trend leather tassels and hand stamped ones. We will cover types of leather, pattern making, cutting, tools, stamps, hand stitching, hand painting, and finishing techniques. You will leave the class with the knowledge to to create designs on leather for a variety of future projects (wallets, coasters, the list is endless...)

Our instructor, Rebecca Saylor has taught many past gather workshops and will give you the knowledge to go home and create endless leathercrafts you and your friends. Sign up early, seating is limited.

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

Leather Crafting Workshop
Tuesday October 24th - 7pm-9pm
$60
gather - 541 Octavia St., SF
Sign up now!

Meet the Maker: Elizabeth Street Cosmetics

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Elizabeth Street Cosmetics owner Kelly Crispen designs a collection of anti-oxidant-based and preservative-free lipsticks and lip glosses in several rich colors. 

Each lip color is named for a street in San Francisco, from Valencia to Hayes to Stockton and more. Her lipsticks are also paraben-free and infused with Vitamin E and vanilla. Learn more about this local designer below.

Where do you draw inspiration? Or who inspires you?

Inspiration comes from walking the streets of San Francisco and collecting Pantone color swatches.

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

Bowl’d Acai. The original gangster. Acai bowls are better than any dessert imaginable.

What do you like most about the maker community?

The positive energy and warmth that comes from them is incredible. I’ve made so many friends in this realm. We lift each other up and support each other with whatever is needed.

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Where is your favorite place to travel?

Kauai. Enough said. Dreaming of going back.

What do you want for your next birthday?

A bottle of Le Labo Vanille 44 or Gaiac 10 perfume.

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What does your work space look like? 

My work space (pictured above) is organized chaos. Desk full of flat lipstick boxes ready to assemble, spools of labels waiting to go on their components, online orders on their way to ship out.

The Shops Sale is Back!

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Did you miss our Spring sales event? Well you're in luck! The Shops Sale is back this Fall! Join us Saturday October 21st from noon-4p at Temescal Brewing Company in Oakland as we pop up with a group of other locally owned shops for a super sales shopping experience. Each shop will be bringing a rack of past styles marked at a steep discount. Help us all make room for our new Fall merchandise in our shops and snag beautiful tops, dress, jackets and more for a steal. Men's and women's items will be marked 50-80% off! This is a bi-annual event and you won't find discounted prices like this anywhere else. 

RSVP in Facebook and tell all your friends. What could be better than an afternoon of sales shopping and beer? Kiki Hair Magic will also be on site with a special braid bar! Get your hair weekend ready with a beautiful braid crown!


The Shops Sales
Saturday October 21st from noon- 4p
Temescal Brewing Company


Here are a list of shops participating. Check back for updates:

gather - gathersf.com
Neeko - shopneeko.com
Dandelion Post - dandelionpost.com
Half Hitch Goods - halfhitchgoods.com
Seedstore - seedstoresf.com
Foggy Notion - foggy-notion.com
Resurrect - resurrectoakland.com
Ale Katz - alekatz.com
Field Day - fielddayandfriends.com
Covet - .covetsf.com
Oak Common - oakcommon.com
Tonle - tonle.com
La Loba - shoplaloba.com/

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Natural Beauty Workshop

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Join us for our Natural Beauty Workshop on Thursday October 5th at 7p. We often think about what we put inour body but what about what we put on our body? Do you know what's in your skin products and makeup? In our next workshop we will learn how to make our own natural make up and lip scrub, free of harsh chemicals.  Instructor, Alana Rivera uses natural and organic ingredients to great her farm-to-bottle apothecary line Etta + Billie. Create a balm that is both nourishing and adds just the right amount of color to lips and cheeks. You'll choose your own hydrating blends of natural oils and mix up your very own lip and cheek tint. You'll also learn how to concoct a natural lip scrub to keep your lips healthy as we enter winter.

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

Natural Beauty Workshop
Thursday October 5th from 7p-9p: $45
gather - 541 Octavia St., SF
Register now - Hurry space is limited!

Instructor Bio:

After years of pushing paper around in corporate America, feeling deeply unsatisfied and utterly uncreative, Alana found her calling by combining her belief in the attitude changing power of a good shower and her love of good food. After receiving a soapmaking book in her Christmas stocking, she discovered a passion for whipping up soap and body care goodness using ingredients from her kitchen. She founded Etta + Billie, a natural bath + body company in 2009 focusing on simple, yet effective formulas that are inspired by her favorite farm to table recipes. Etta + Billie products can now be found in boutiques across the United States and have been featured in publications like Japanese Vogue, 7x7, Sunset, and Refinery 29. When not in her soap workshop, she's often cooking with friends and family, honing her cocktail making skills at home or dreaming up her next food-based travel adventure.

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Meet the Maker: Sarah Liller

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California native Sarah Liller started her line Sarah Liller San Francisco in 2012 after attending Parsons Design School in New York. Each piece is sewn in downtown San Francisco, and the fabric is milled in the USA. Sarah describes her line this way: Sarah Liller SF is meant to be the building blocks of every woman’s wardrobe. Made from the most buttery soft rayon/lycra jersey, the line is easy and flattering. Sarah Liller SF is meant for urbanites on the go, stylish moms, and low key fashionistas.

Sarah's pieces have been flying off the racks since we started carrying them a few months ago, so we are excited to get to know her a little better. 

Where do you draw inspiration? Or who inspires you?

I watched a lot of old movies growing up, and I was always inspired by the easy elegance of the heroines in them. I like designing clothing that embodies that sense of easy elegance. I think that if you feel good in what you're wearing, your confidence and strength show through, so that's a huge part of my design philosophy, combining elegance, comfort, and style so that the woman wearing my clothes can really shine.

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

I LOVE the Chai Cart...I'm obsessed with a good chai. The key is spicy and not too sweet!

What do you like most about the maker community?

Everyone is so eager to help each other in San Francisco. I also love how many female-owned businesses there are in the maker community at large. Women lifting other women up is my MO.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

I love traveling to places like New York and Paris for style inspiration and natural places like Costa Rica and Bali to ground myself. I'm a naturalist, I love seeing nature and wildlife in other countries, but I also like places where I can get a nice cocktail and wear a pair of heels!

What do you want for your next birthday?

I love traveling on my birthday, so I'd love to go on a trip somewhere exotic like Morocco. I also love anything spiritual, so a tarot card reading or some crystals would totally be my jam!

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What does your work space look like?

My work space is in a building that used to be the Best Foods mayonnaise factory in SF. I have a bunch of machines that I use for making samples and also a couch/hang out section for thinking and designing in. When I'm designing a new line, I always sketch it out and put it up on the wall. I'll catch a glimpse of it every once in a while and get an idea about how to make something better or how something should be put together.

What music or podcast do you love right now?

When I'm sewing or using my hands, I love listening to podcasts. My favorite is called You Must Remember This, which tells juicy stories about Hollywood stars of the 20th century.

The music I listen to while designing always shifts season to season. For fall 17, I was listening to a lot of 1970's yacht rock. For spring 18, I'm listening to a lot of 60's French pop.

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Image Transfer to Wood Workshop Back Next Week!

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Join us for our popular Image Transfer to Wood Workshop on Tuesday September 26th at 7p. 

Our instructor, Chelsea, has made a business of transferring her photos on to wood with her company Cuppa Fog for the past 5 years. We carry her beautiful San Francisco themed pieces in the shop. For this workshop she will  share her secret tips and tricks! 

In this class, Chelsea each teach you: wood preparation, image transfer application, removal of paper, distressed-finish techniques, sealant method, and how to apply hardware on the back of your new art. 

Image Transfer to Wood Workshop Includes:

-2 5x7-inch wood transfers (One image you will complete in class, and the other you will start in class and take home to finish)

-Vintage-themed San Francisco photos*

-All art materials

This two hour class also includes wine and snacks and a discount on merchandise in the store that night. No experience needed - all levels welcome!

Image Transfer to Wood Workshop

Tuesday September 26th: 7p-9p: $40-$45*

541 Octavia St., SF

Purchase your spot here.

*If you use our vintage themed San Francisco photos the cost is $40 but if you'd like to customize it more you can use your own photos for $45. If you are using your own photos we recommend good contrast and high resolution digital files. We advise you to stay away from portraits (people or animal), as they are tougher to make sure the distressing doesn’t happen over important parts like faces. Please email pictures to hello@gathersf.com by Tuesday September 19th .

Registration closes at midnight on Monday September 18th for custom pictures ($45) and Sunday September 24th for SF themed option ($40).

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Meet the Maker: Alamere

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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.