Long known as one of San Francisco's great, if sleepy, antiques districts, Presidio Heights has recently sprung to action. Three years ago a handful of local shop owners founded the Sacramento Street Merchants Association with the goal of turning their tranquil tree-lined area into the Madison Avenue of the West Coast. And what progress they've made: In the seven blocks between Spruce and Broderick, a number of chic boutiques have popped up among the veteran furniture and design stores.
One corner of this bright, sunny boutique is dedicated to Ashley Dearborn's line of fanciful shoes ($98-$700), which show off such handiwork as appliquéd rainbows, clouds, and lightning bolts. Among the other tempting goods are apatite drop earrings by local designer Arika C. ($205), pleated chiffon skirts by Robert Rodriguez ($250), and cropped, tailored jackets by up-and-coming designer Reyes ($280). At 3571 Sacramento St.; 415-440-1058.
Self-proclaimed orchid addict Isabella Vibat-Woodcox specializes in creating exotic arrangements in unusual containers like 19th-century Chinese lunch boxes ($225, plus the cost of the flowers) and ceramic Italian biscotti jars ($75). Blooms range from the relatively common jade-and-orange phalaenopsis ($65 per plant) to a rare citrus and jasmine-scented cychnoches ($165). The shop ships nationwide. At 3319 Sacramento St.; 877-267-2443 or 415-567-2443;
Entering this tiny shoe store is a bit like walking into a kaleidoscope. Bubble gum-pink walls, zebra rugs, and low Moroccan tables make a fitting, and maybe a bit head-spinning, backdrop for women's shoes in a riot of colors. Among the highlights: fuchsia stilettos by Alberta Ferretti ($540), gold Giuseppe Zanotti kitten heels adorned with rhinestones ($395), and black leather thongs with studded bronze details, by Sigerson Morrison ($295). At 344 Presidio Ave.; 415-409-1209.
We can never resist a repeat visit to this tea cozy-size shop. The selection of extraordinary European textiles is always evolving: This season, look for Belgian linen placemats ($28-$35), quirkily embroidered tip towels ($28), Italian pajamas made with 300-thread-count cotton sateen ($125), and supersoft cotton bedding in both traditional and modern designs (duvets, from $450). At 3234 Sacramento St.; 415-674-0560;
Former fashion executives Sam Hamilton and Mark Cunningham have hit on a winning combination in their airy design emporium: antique and vintage finds—for example, a pristine Louis Sognot chrome-and-leather armchair from the thirties ($5,900)—mixed with a few clean-lined reproductions and sculptural objects. You might come across chunks of gnarled, sun-bleached driftwood ($500), teak pedestals ($4,600), as well as various classic Danish pottery, such as a brown Axel Salto glazed cylindrical vase ($2,800). The smart assortment is finished off with contemporary art, mostly prints and photography. At 3075 Sacramento St.; 415-931-7433.
In the market for a kindergartner-size tuxedo with tails? Search no farther than this haberdashery, a handsome, old-fashioned clothing shop full of high-end gear for boys size 4 and up—plus "dads' pieces" to match. Mahogany cases display Hickey Freeman formalwear (a madras dinner jacket is $350), Grass Court hand-knit tennis sweaters ($260), and a golf line by Bobby Jones. Growth spurts be damned—there is also an in-store custom shirtmaker and tailor who can whip up anything to your tot's specifications. At 3490 Sacramento St.; 415-673-3110.
THRESHOLD BY KENDALL WILKINSON
Interior designer Wilkinson opened this spacious shop to showcase her handpicked furniture and decorative pieces in fresh ways. A late-19th-century Louis Philippe armoire ($10,500) stands next to a pair of red lacquered chairs ($5,200 for the two); Venetian chandeliers ($4,000-$9,000) share the rafters with modern pendant lights ($950); and a stack of traditional Italian linens by Bellora (queen set, $540) tower beside vibrant Missoni Home towels ($15-$80). At 3419 Sacramento St.;415-409-1966;
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Reprinted with permission. Departures May/June 2005 Issue 98. American Express Publishing Corporation.
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