Unique Boutiques San Francisco- Day 2
There are so many options for unique boutiques and sustainable fashion in San Francisco, this turned into a two part series. My strategy for this day was to get off the BART at 16th St and Valencia and head south on Valencia St. In one day I visited: BetaBrand and the Balm. I also visited Weston, a San Francisco boutique that had been open for over 30 years but recently (2017) closed its Valencia location and Threadlounge which has also closed.
If you have ever heard of or seen the “dress pant yoga pant,” then may have heard of Betabrand. They are the “brand” behind the dress yoga pants. However, Betabrand is a unique- they are a store for crowdfunded clothing. Betabrand receives designs, puts them out for a vote, if the design is selected (gets the most votes) it is then put out for funding. If the design generates enough funding, it goes to Betabrand to be made. The cool thing about the store in San Francisco is that there are seamstresses there working up the concepts. They make the items for production off site in San Francisco. I am hopeful that one day soon I will be submitting my own designs for this concept. I really liked the dresses as well as the yoga dress pants – great idea!
Beauty and Skincare
Of course, like Lush on Union St, I found another beauty brand that I had not heard of before. The Balm is on Valencia, and it instantly drew me in due to the fragrance, bubble machine and beautifully decorated store. Makeup from the the Balm is not tested on animals and does not contain talc or parabens. I also really like that they allow you to create your own eye shadow palette. Rather than waste colors you don’t use, you can customize it to suit you. Sadly, they are not in AZ but they are online.
Mission District San Francisco
Lastly, I made it to meet my friend at et cetera wine bar which I highly recommend, the owner is fantastic and friendly, the wine list is diverse and unusual; we enjoyed Hungarian and Slovakian wines (first time for both!).
There are many more Unique Boutiques in San Francisco and in the Mission District (see map and list, below). I would definitely go back to explore more. Most of these places have an online presence so if you do not live in San Francisco, do not despair. For those that do, enjoy and be glad that you have an abundance of these stores in your city! Happy Shopping!!
Note: Please know that I am not working with any of these companies or stores and was not asked to endorse or mention any of the products in this post. All opinions here are my own.
Read more – My post from Day 1 during my time exploring Eco fashion in San Francisco!