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My BDF (Best-Dressed Friend): Part III

 From left: Alexis Lecach, Julie Cantor, Ed Gilbert, and Nicolas Zurcher

THE GLOBE-TROTTER: Jasmine Hamed

32, Stylist (Novato)

"My bohemian style comes from my Egyptian and Dutch background. I like to travel all over the world and look like I fit in anywhere."

Jasmine's BDF: "Alex is the quintessential hipster. He's not afraid to go all out: tweed vests, skinny jeans, lace-up boots--sometimes even a brooch."

Alex Farnum

33, Photographer (Mission)

"Someone once said my look reminded him of a varnished John Varvatos. The waistcoat is a classic, from Henry the VIII to the hipster generation." 

Alex's BDF: "Nico is European, an artist, a metrosexual. Only he can look impeccable in red pants and loafers."

Nicolas Zurcher

37, Photographer (Lower Haight)

"I'm an urban dandy with a goth past. My favorite outfit is my Martin Margiela 1970s Hong Kong Replica three-piece suit--my family must never know what it cost."

Nicolas's BDF: "You'll never, ever see Alexis in jeans. Who else can tell stories of styling Nina Hagen?"

Alexis Lecach

55, Store Manager (Castro)

"Two-thirds of my wardrobe is postwar vintage. I like to think of it as James Bond meets East Berlin Stasi chic. It's been my look of choice since the '80s--preceding Man Men's translation by a few decades."

Alexis's BDF: "I've always loved Kelly's deconstructed whimsy."

Kelly Chin

49, Buyer (Western Addition)

"My style is tomboy-pretty--easy-to-run-for-the-bus clothing. I favor a modern-day Annie Get Your Gun look." 

Kelly's BDF: "I've always admired Chris's sassy red hair and clothes. I'd like to live in her closet."

Chris Ospital

Boutique Owner (Pac Heights)

"I love precision pieces from Sofie d'Hoore and Dries Van Noten. I have to be able to chase my dog and still look respectable for dinner at Bar Jules."

Chris's BDF: "Julie epitomizes effortless glamour, whether hosting a dinner of going out."

Julie Cantor

Visual Merchandiser (Pac Heights)

"Double-faced wool and a French seam gets me a little excited."

Julie's BDF: "Ed has an entire room of finely tailored clothes by designers like Walter Van Beirendonck from Belgium."

Ed Gilbert

59, Gallery Director (Cole Valley)

"I'm quiet, but my clothes are not. Fashion enhances daily life; it's a distraction from the over-serious and dreary."

Ed's BDF: "Christine's style can be wild or chic. It must come from her encyclopedic knowledge of the music scene." 

Christine Ancalmo

27, Video Producer (Tenderloin)

"I've been wearing jeans, a T-shirt, and Converse since I was a kid. It can be unassuming or badass. I feel like I can move through the world like a ghost... or a ninja."

Christine's BDF: "For Jesse, it's not about clothes; it's a lifestyle."

Jesse Gottesman

40, Artist (Mission)

"I'm a little punk rock. My favorite outfit is a button-down shirt patterned with Japanese credit cards that I turned into a vest. I used the leftover sleeves to patch the knees of my Levi's."

San Francisco’s color-splashed, layered-on sense of style famously defies categorization. So to properly assess the city’s sartorial scope, we took a crowd-sourced approach, starting with four intriguingly dressed locals—a septuagenarian couture collector, a natty web entrepreneur, a jet-setting stylist, and a Duke Ellington–worshipping jazz musician—and one loaded question: Who’s your best-dressed friend? The ensuing 40-person round-robin is a snapshot of the city’s eclectic spirit, winding through leather-clad punk rockers, peacocking urban dandies, tatted- up Tenderloin bartenders, and, of course, drag queens.

Read more:

My BDF Part I

My BDF Part II

My BDF Part IV