The entrance of Thread.
Hosted on the fourth floor of the Metreon in San Francisco yesterday, Thread is a shopping experience that doesn’t come around very often. Thread is a travelling showcase of independent fashion designers which will be visiting cities along the West Coast through November. The event began at 11 AM for VIP shoppers who pre-registered, and then opened to the general public at 12 PM, continuing until 6 PM.
This year, Thread showcased primarily accessory and clothing designers who each had a small stand with their products set up for buyers to peruse. While walking from stand to stand, attendees could enjoy a beautiful view of the San Franciscan city skyline visible from the floor to ceiling windows of the Metreon, or sip on the free Vitamin Water Zero samples being given away at the door.
A shopper perusing an independent jewelry designer’s table.
Patricia Rebellizsa’s eclectic, hand-made feather jewelry.
As opposed to many other intimate shopping events, Thread displays a diverse selection of pieces that are sure to satisfy any picky shopper. A common trend throughout the booths seemed to be feathers, whether they were earrings, hair extensions, or even on clothing.
Patricia Rabellizsa, specializing in feather jewelry design, was one designer who decided to put an interesting and unique twist on the growing trend. Her stand had both single and individual earrings, all hand-made and unique in color—I myself couldn’t resist buying one! Rabellizsa, like many of the other designers at Thread, was very approachable, and encouraged everyone who stopped by to try on anything they wanted.
Fahmina’s table showcasing different styles of leather wristbands.
One of the more eclectic brands featured was Fahmina, which makes a wide variety of leather wristlets. Ranging in color, size, and style, each wristband has a unique look with a personal touch. Another interesting stand was Secession Art & Design, which had both male and female apparel in addition to adorable onesies for babies. Near the Secession products stood five human models wearing clothing from different designers featured at Thread, standing alarmingly still, all things considered.
Human models wearing clothes by designers featured at Thread.
An interesting and unique touch was the addition of a Massage and Style Bar at one corner of the space where attendees could be seen getting their hair and makeup done or laying down for a relaxing massage. Combining many facets of what all shoppers love, Thread was an excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon. To find out more about Thread and find upcoming shows visit their website.
BART ticket onesies by Secession Art & Design, a personal favorite. All photography by the author.