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And three other laudable launches this month.


$62 at

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$5,395 at San Francisco Design Center, 2 Henry Adams St. (at Division St.), Ste. 233, 415-490-5800

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Shinola, 722 Montgomery St. (near Jackson St.)

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From $295 at Marimekko, 660 Stanford Shopping Center (near El Camino Real), Ste. 71, Palo Alto, 650-353-2170

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Dickinsonian by Design
San Francisco Ballet principal Maria Kochetkova’s wardrobe has always been at odds with her day job—offstage, she favors wild prints and oversize shades. Fittingly, her first foray into fashion, a brand called Koche-Kova, isn’t your typical graphic tee. The organic cotton shirts are scrawled with quotes by writers Kochetkova admires, including Emily Dickinson, Daniil Kharms, and Alexander Pushkin. This month at the Prix de Lausanne dance competition, she’ll release a second, looser style designed for dancers. 

Mid-Century Meets Hyper-Modern
Pac Heights interior designer Steven Volpe is known for his curatorial eye—Hedge Gallery, the design showroom that he co-owns, has become a go-to trove for deep-pocketed Bay Area decorators. His latest furniture collaboration, with design district showroom McGuire, showcases a deft melding of classic design and modern technology: The Dimity desk, for example, was inspired by mid-century French architecture but features a single slab of curved mahogany that was shaped by a firm specializing in aerospace technology. 

Motor City West
Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola is going big in the Bay Area. Fresh on the heels of its Palo Alto store opening, the brand is unveiling a 3,200-square-foot sister store in the historic Belli Building this month, complete with a Flora Grubb–designed atrium. Beyond cases of timepieces, the stock includes leather goods, bikes, Filson outdoor gear, and a line of bomber jackets by local leather specialist Golden Bear. Stay tuned for art- and cocktail-making workshops this spring. 

Bringing Mod to the Masses
With the hiring of its new creative director—Anna Teurnell, formerly of the culty Stockholm label & Other Stories—Marimekko has graduated beyond poppy prints. This month the Finnish design house is releasing its first collection of shoes in nearly a decade. The footwear is a nod to the runway’s '60s resurgence: mod knee-high boots, platform sandals, and clog wedges in shades of bubblegum pink, lemon yellow, and British racing green. 

Originally published in the February issue of
San Francisco

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