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Lauren Murrow | Photo: Courtesy of Alite Designs | July 24, 2012
New Retail Outlets
Following on the heels of Taylor Stitch and Department Seventeen, both of which introduced women’s shirting lines earlier this summer, go-to guy outfitter Unionmade is luring the fairer sex with a women’s-only sister store, Mill Mercantile (3751 24th St., at Church St.), opening this month. The new spot mimics the original in more ways than one—both are housed in former liquor stores—focusing on unembellished classics: shirtdresses and button-downs by Gitman Sisters, nautical-striped Saint James pullovers, and Il Bisonte leather accessories.
> Camping company Alite Designs pops up in Curiosity Shoppe (855 Valencia St., near 20th St., 415-671-5384) for the month, touting collapsible outdoor chairs, park games, and customizable canvas backpacks (pictured above).
> Former Straw chef Naomi Beck and Dianne Hoffman have opened Ornament & Oddity (627 Hayes St., near Laguna St., 415-519-5779), a Sundays-only store set in Beck’s retro–fitted garage, selling estate sale–sourced vintage ephemera, jewelry, tableware, and toys with an oddball, slightly macabre feel.
> General store Kappa Zakka (460 Grove St., near Octavia St., 415-437-1357) patterns itself after worldly five-and-dimes Tortoise in Los Angeles and Kiosk in New York, bringing kitchen gear, art, foodstuffs, and pottery from Japan, Germany, and beyond. Scope out the backyard for rotating pop-ups, featuring items like green tea from Kyoto and patio-brightening potted succulents.
> Local eyewear brand Capital just launched its first showroom and store (715 Bryant St., near 5th St., Ste. 103), where designer Steven Kilzer makes each pair by hand from walnut, cherry, or—new this season—plant-based acetate.