Have you heard the news? SFMade is expanding their pop-up shops in Banana Republic stores across the country! Last year’s Banana Republic pop-up shop in San Francisco was an enormous success, so debuting our products in stores in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York is icing on the cake. If you live in Los Angeles, the Banana Republic located on the 3rd Street Promenade (Santa Monica) and will feature our Happy Holidays from Los Angeles letterpress cards, among others. In New York, we’re showcasing our Happy Holidays from New York cards at the Rockefeller Center location. And in Chicago visit the store on Michigan Avenue to get your hands on our Happy Holidays from Chicago letterpress cards. Of course, you can find our Happy Holidays from San Francisco cards at the Banana Republic location in San Francisco on Grant.
Here is a sneak peek into the shop at the Los Angeles Banana Republic!
And here’s a look into the New York City location!
To our readers nearby and our readers far away, we encourage you to shop local this holiday season, and if you can, shop SFMade!
We’re just loving these photos by Rikki Ward Photography taken of our open studio event on SFMade Day! She captured the day perfectly – from the letterpress printing tutorials to our furry little visitors. If you missed out on the fun, on May 12th we opened our doors on a sunny Saturday to all of our San Francisco friends and offered first hand printing techniques, discounts on our cards and gifts, and even invited super stylish Leslie Yang – owner and designer of Feistyelle – to come and sell her killer accessories. We had such a good time that we are already planning the next event!
The original Vandercook press.
Handmade accessories by Feistyelle.
We’re thankful for such an amazing turnout.
Here’s James giving a lesson about letterpress printing.
Even our curious customers got a chance to crank the press and make their own birthday card!
Leslie Yang looking fabulous.
Our favorite customer! Sending a big thanks to everyone who came and supported us. If you missed out last time don’t be sad – we’re planning on opening our studio for days like this more often, so stay tuned for details!
Photos by Rikki Ward Photography
It’s a beautiful day for a new window display! We decided to get crafty and enlarge our San Francisco Skyline into full-sized window art. Throughout the process we learned first hand that paper cutting is a true test of patience and craftsmanship. First, we drew the skyline on 3 full sheets of pool colored text weight paper. Then with a ruler and craft knife, carefully followed the lines revealing our cityscape.
The bridges were definitely the most difficult, but they are the most iconic!
Double-sided tape did the trick – we hung the skyline so it greets the passers-by on Howard Street.
The final product! What do you think? We had so much fun paper cutting this skyline we also made an SFMade sign which Jon is holding here. Can you tell we’re getting excited for our big event tomorrow?
Did you know this week is SFMade Week? All week long the city will be celebrating locally made products and manufacturing with events, warehouse tours, and parties. We’re joining in on the fun this Saturday, May 12th when our studios will be open from 11am until 5pm. We’ll have the presses running, gifts and cards on sale, and local artist FeistyElle selling her beautiful jewelry in the studio. Tell us if you can make it here.
Our address is 977 Howard Street (btw 5th & 6th streets) in San Francisco.
Hope to see you all Saturday!
We had a lovely time at the opening reception of SFMade’s Pop-Up shop at Banana Republic last Thursday! If you haven’t seen the images on our Facebook page, you can enjoy them here!
From now until December 26th the Banana Republic flagship store is home to the products of a few of SFMade’s local members. You can find bags from Rickshaw, coffee from Ritual, and holiday cards from yours truly. There’s plenty more to see so head over to Banana Republic on 256 Grant Avenue in San Francisco today!
SFMade is one of our very favorite non-profits, and we are super honored and excited to be one of ten local businesses selected to participate in their annual fundraiser party, Ramp it Up! What’s Old is New Again.
SFMade supports businesses that imagine, design and manufacture products right here in the Bay Area. May 21st-27th is SFMade week. Food, factories and fun abound!
Here’s the flier for Ramp it Up:
Check out the SFMade website for details on the week’s activities and an info page with a link to purchase tickets for Ramp It Up! And be sure to stop by and say hey to the Hello!Lucky folks at the event!
See you there!