We’ve long since gotten used to buying our bohemia back one piece at a time (think the likes of Urban Outfitters, Betsy Johnson, Madewell, Anthropologie, etc.), but in the hands of the Bell Jar crew, the exchange feels more like a discovery. “Let me show you this amazing mad scientist gear I found!” They seem to say. “Let me show you this new dressmaker! Or this new silversmith!” These savvy curators can be found amidst impeccable and exuberant staging at their Valencia St shop, which now features two new designers, whom I couldn’t resist checking out last Saturday during a special trunk sale.
Ali Golden lives, works and produces her whimsical designs here in the Bay Area. I was thrilled to have a chance to style her wares in store, pairing an essential slip dress under a sheer and flowy black tunic. Shop manager Jocelyn was modeling a luscious velvet mini-dress with a plunging, tattoo-revealing back. Despite this inherent sexiness, the piece fell in a comfortable fit. Sadly, the dress was a sample, and is not currently available (keeping my fingers crossed!). The star of the show — for me, anyway — was her gorgeous, over-sized, wool coat. Being in the market for the perfect fall/winter outerwear, I may have met my match. I just wish I could get both colors…
The Two Bandits is the brainchild of an SF based designer Tamar Wider, and you can see her Texan roots in her South Western inspired jewelry that walks the line between delicate and rustic. The styling is on trend, the materials high quality, and the pieces just lovely; I can see why she’s quickly making a name for herself around town and the blogosphere.
The cosmos were only for the trunk show, but I’ll be back for more clothing, jewelry, and quirky glassware soon.