Where the Stylists Go: Shopping in San Francisco

Diverse, cosmopolitan, freewheeling fun: Words that describe San Francisco equally fit its eclectic shopping scene. Field editors Sarah Alba and Paige Porter Fischer dish on where they shop for the gorgeous looks they create for the magazine.
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Population: 825,863  Nickname: City by the Bay, the Paris of the West Talk about stylish: The Golden Gate Bridge was painted vermillion orange after its completion in 1937 to blend fashionably with the warm colors of the surrounding landscape and the cool tones of the sky and sea.  

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The Mason Jar 2149 Union Street between Fillmore and Webster themasonjarsf.com Husband-and-wife team Pete and Hope Colling opened this curated shop for home decor as an extension of their popular clothing store, Marmalade (marmaladesf.com), just three blocks away. Snag bohemian accents, organic towels, and Pete Colling's handcrafted custom tables from salvaged wood. Get some classic American grub nearby at Perry's (perryssf.com), a local institution for 43 years. HD Buttercup 290 Townsend Street hdbuttercup.com A Los Angeles original expanded to a San Francisco location, this enormous home furnishings showroom is a favorite with interior decorators, stylists, and bloggers. The warehouse is filled with an ever-evolving inventory of new furniture, lighting, and decorative pieces in an eclectic array of styles.

Big Daddy's Antiques 1550 17th Street bdantiques.com The San Francisco location of this expansive warehouse (others in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Aspen, Colorado) is a go-to for prop stylists and set designers. Vintage, antique, and reproduction furniture are the kinds of gorgeous relics that mix just right with contemporary styles.

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Heath Ceramics 400 Gate Five Road, Sausalito, California heathceramics.com Though this gorgeous handmade ceramics company opened locations in the Ferry Building Marketplace and downtown, our stylists love the original Heath factory in Sausalito, California. Founded in 1948, the company is known for its iconic kitchen and bath tiles and timeless tableware and dinnerware -- including a line for Alice Waters' famous restaurant, Chez Panisse (chezpanisse.com).  Enjoy a sustainably caught and super fresh seafood lunch at waterfront picnic tables nearby at  Fish Restaurant (331fish.com). Treasure Island Flea Market 1 Avenue of the Palms treasureislandflea.com You never know what you'll find, but it's always something fabulous at this well-coordinated and massive market filled with art, jewelry, plants, crafts, food trucks, and cocktails.

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Ferry Plaza Farmers Market The Embarcadero at Market Street ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/farmers_market.php Get your flowers and local artisan-made crafts all in one stop at this sprawl of eye candy around the Ferry Building Marketplace on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Local chefs chow street food and peruse produce from regional farmers and ranchers for what to put on their restaurants' plates that night. 

Past Perfect 2246 Lombard Street; 854 Stanyan Street pastperfectsf.com Essentially a high-end thrift store, here patient sifters will unearth cool vintage finds displayed by more than 30 independent dealers, with lighting, original prints, tableware, and furniture ranging from antique to midcentury modern.

Paxton Gate 824 Valencia Street paxtongate.com Among the most unique shopping experiences in San Francisco, you'll find things such as preserved bug art, potted plants, vintage taxidermy, and tarot cards in this Mission District shop. Mine the cool kid shop next door, Curiosities for Kids (paxtongate.com/curiosities), for art projects, puzzles, sciencey stuff, and rare old-school toys.

Devil's Teeth Baking Company 3876 Noriega Street devilsteethbakingcompany.com San Francisco has been known for sourdough bread since the Basque immigrants brought it to the city during the gold rush, and this little hole-in-the-wall in the Sunset area offers a great version. Beignets on Sundays!

Sue Fisher King 3067 Sacramento Street suefisherking.com A stroll down Sacramento Street (sacramentostreet.com) is a must for design buffs, and this high-style boutique favorite runs the gamut of styles including rich and rustic in home accessories, lighting, furniture, and table settings. Be sure to hit luxurious home decor stores Anthem (anthemsf.com) and Hudson Grace (hudsongracesf.com) while you're in the area. Satin Moon Fabrics 32 Clement Street A superior selection of tasteful fabric and notions is the hallmark of this shop run by sisters Alice and Susan Miyamoto. You'll find fine linens, liberty prints, and a fabulous button selection, including wood and horn varieties. Amazing china, silver, and antique serving pieces await just down the street at Period George (periodgeorge.net).

Cookin' 339 Divisadero Street This secondhand kitchen shop is packed with stuff -- including vintage Le Creuset pieces and antique tea tins. Searching through all the unique items provides the excitement of a real treasure hunt -- you never know what you might find!

Lost Art Salon 245 S. Van Ness, Suite 303 lostartsalon.com The showroom in this San Francisco-based gallery is packed with more than 5,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and objects from the late 19th century through the present, with a strong emphasis on 20th-century modernism. The showroom is nicely edited, with something for everyone.

Serena and Lily 3457 Sacramento Street serenaandlily.com/designshop Our stylists say the latest location for this small home decor and bedding chain is "to die for," with signature fabrics, wallpapers, and rugs.  Guided by in-store designer advice, you can shop a whole look and order it to your door. 

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