Shopping Finds in Time for the Holidays
Well my fellow Tomatoes, we know this month is all about shopping and I have a few ideas for you: gift kits, shoes and Designer duds for less.
I always love the idea of a gift kit and two cool brands from opposite coasts have combined to create an ideal athleisure box. Allbirds, our own mucho popular shoe brand and Outdoor Voices put together a new new limited-edition kit, inspired by “jogwalking” (an activity that lands somewhere between a leisurely walk and serious run).
Both labels share a minimalist aesthetic, use of soft, comfy materials and preference for tonal color palettes. The kits, available in navy and grey, are designed for men and women; each includes a top and bottom from Outdoor Voices, a pair of Allbirds runners and an exclusive tote. Men’s kits are $195, women’s kits are $220 at allbirds.com or outdoorvoices.com
Attention Shoe Fans
Shoe fans tomatoes, we are in serious trouble in the best way possible: Margaux just opened up a temporary shop on Fillmore Street that will be open until January. Here we can ogle, touch and try on this direct-to-consumer brand’s ballet flats, available in several styles including cult-fave The Classic. (There’s also a gorgeous block heel).
Beyond chic, every pair is handcrafted of fine Italian leather in a family-owned factory in Spain. But what truly sets the NYC label apart is an emphasis on fit— all shoes come in three widths (narrow, medium and wide) and made-to-measure is a key part of its MO. All it takes? Four measurements from each foot, and, voilà, your very own custom pairs will arrive in about six weeks Ready-made styles start at $185, made-to-measure styles start at $275. // 11am to 7pm daily, 2053 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), margauxny.com
The Real Real Pop Up
The Real Real, created by two fabulous Marin tomatoes opens a pop up in Union Square. If you aren’t familiar, they are a very high-end consignment online shop – until now when you can browse. This opens just in time for prime holiday shopping and consigning. If you wonder what all the buzz is about (I’ve even heard ads on Sirius for them) you only have two months to check it out.
This local luxury consignment company, and not-so-secret secret weapon of designer-label hounds everywhere, has filled the pop-up with one-of-a-kind women’s and men’s fashions, handbags, watches, jewelry, art and even home furnishings. With its staff of gemologists and authentication experts on hand, you should think about bringing in your own highfalutin labels for cash or trade. (Check here for a list of accepted brands.) // 10am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, noon to 6pm Sunday, 222 Stockton St. (Union Square), therealreal.com