Bloom That: Flower Delivery by Bike in San Francisco
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Established in 1900, Seafarer supplied bell-bottom denim work-pants to the U.S. Navy. When flare jeans became mainstream in the seventies, photos of Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, and Farrah Fawcett Continue reading
On December 8 2012, The Brooks Dashing Bicycle Show began its North American tour with a gin-soaked, cycle chic party at HuckleBerry Bicycles in downtown San Francisco. Momentum Mag showed up, represented by Editor-in-Chief Mia Kohout and Style Editor Molly Millar, and made sure that I stayed out well past bedtime.
Hendricks Gin ”lubricated the cogs” of social interaction with delicious Tipple Crown Punch and other tasty concoctions. Check out the bartender’s awesome tweed-on-tweed and trompe l’oeil t-shirt!
Not surprisingly, the crowd was fashionable, but Annie stood out in her gorgeous coat by Brooklyn label Study NY, printed leggings, and Maison Martin Margiela boots, similar to these. Continue reading
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ new cd, The Heist, will be in stores October 9, 2012.
I’ve shopped at thrift stores for second-hand clothes ever since I was a tiny child and I’ve never stopped. As a teenager I used to take the train up to San Francisco to visit Clothes Contact on Valencia St.
In New York without a bike, thrifting was one of the few ways I could get into a flow state, but the hauls could be disappointing as most of the Goodwills were picked over. However I did manage to score a pair of agnès b. leather jeans that I still have.
They are totally impractical for biking, but they were my uniform during my first year of Fashion School. This was before NYC had any bike lanes, and I was too scared to brave the traffic. The black leather went with my depressed hippie-goth look.
I thrifted in Italy, although thrift stores aren’t really a part of their culture (extremely overpriced vintage, on the other hand). The few that I did come across were run by religious organizations or semi-communist environmentalist groups that were smugly helping out poor immigrants (like me!) and/or the environment by selling off their old stuff. The hours could be inconvenient even by Italian standards.
But my all-time favorite place to go thrifting ever is at The Bins, just outside Portland, Oregon. Officially it’s known as the Goodwill Outlet .
Holly Stalder and Kate Towers the original founders of
2 Girls 2 Shirts Seaplane first took me there to find raw materials when I worked with them as a pattern maker and seamstress, but it was my friend Cory who taught me the finer points of hunting for pieces we could flip to Red Light and Buffalo. She also taught me how to spot a junkie. Thanks, Cory!
Seattle’s version of The Bins makes an appearance at the 1:02 mark of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop Video above. Everything in those ugly blue bins is sold by the pound. The heavier your haul, the cheaper the price.
If you get a chance to hit up one of these Goodwill Outlet stores, give yourself at least two hours and set aside the last 45 minutes for culling your pile. Always wear rubber gloves. Trust me.
Important announcement: the sweethearts at Twice, an awesome site where you can buy and sell second-hand clothes online, are offering BikePretty.com readers a 10% discount until the end of September.
Simply enter the code BIKEPRETTY10 at checkout until 11:59pm PST 9/30.
BONUS: If you like the Twice Facebook Page, you can get an extra 20% off as well. BikePretty is going on a shopping spree to pick up some sweet second-hand fashions!
Check out my guest post on the Twice Blog to learn how to rock your new-to you tight & shinies on Girls’ Night Out.