While the phrase cabinet of curiosities might be overused, it fits Leah Bershad's shop perfectly. Situated in Hayes Valley on a picturesque tree-lined block across from the African Outlet, Reliquary plays host to the whimsical findings that she collects on her international ventures. She opened the shop with a smorgasbord of vintage clothing and jewelry from her trips to Parisian flea markets, but the shop is refreshed each time she leaves town – her recent forays have turned up an epic collection of biker rings and an array of colorful Peruvian blankets.
We wanted to feature Leah in a video for a few reasons. 1. She's a bold local showcasing some of the most unique merchandise in the city. 2. She's supporting a community of artists who are doing beautiful work. 3. Her inspiring story – she threw off her corporate ties (she was a designer at Old Navy) to create a shop that that is quite the opposite of mass consumption. Photographer and video editor Shaun Roberts did a lovely job of picking her brain and capturing her shop.
Watch the video to get a sense of what Reliquary's got goin' on, and consider stopping into Leah's shop at 537 Octavia Street to check out the merch. (Perhaps a reason to attend the Hayes Valley Block Party on Friday, December 7th?) With a collection that's a little folk and a little international – with just a dash of rock n' roll – her store is bringing something heretofore unseen in San Francisco.
Photography and Video Editing by Shaun Roberts