There’s no better intersection to feel the pulse of San Francisco’s style than Valencia and 18th Street on a Friday night. On a recent balmy evening, I posted up with my camera to catch the action. As people cruised by on their way to bars, house parties, and dinners, I saw a whole gamut of looks – from sleek attire by renowned designers to peculiar thrift store pieces and even handmade creations.
The common thread I found is that everyone loves a piece with a story behind it: the $2 purse from a secondhand store in Australia, or the suit tailored for an uncle in the ’70s in South Africa that just happens to fit perfectly. And, of course, no one wanted to be associated with a particular trend; San Franciscans love their one-of-a-kind ensembles.
Below are the distinctive individuals I crossed paths with, and my favorite pieces they donned.
Hair steps! He shaved them himself.
Multicolored leggings, from a vintage store in Arcadia.
Pete De Pentheny
Jacket, custom-tailored for his uncle in South Africa.
Studded high heels, from Sam Edelman.
Sarah Annie Graham
Headscarf, a 1978 Pucci.
Matthias de Vogel & Boris Denoval
Bracelets act as wedding bands. They were picked up from all over the world (Hong Kong, Paris, Indonesia, etc.).
Fur-lined leather jacket, from her home country of Brazil.
Sparkling gold jacket, Korean brand Epitaph.
Vintage Italian Soprani accordion from the 1960s, Cotati Accordion Festival, August 2011.
Long-sleeved vintage white top, San Bruno Goodwill.
Korean tattoo on her shoulder honoring her grandmother (just got it for her birthday).
Polka-dot bow tie, Goodwill.
Fierce lion shirt, hand-painted by an employee at a vintage boutique on Valencia.
Red scarf, from NYC and wears it to every music festival and concert he goes to.
I’ll be out again taking photographs on Saturday, June 23rd from 9 - 11 p.m. This time, at 18th & Castro! Stop by and show me your threads for a chance to be featured in The Bold Italic's Night Flash.