Favorite Finds—Legion Online

Some of our favorite stores we've ever been to happen to be in our own backyard in the Bay Area. But, we realize sometimes everyone can't get to them in person. So, we've started up a new series where we feature favorite finds from the online portals of stores we adore. Today, we highlight four favorite things we're loving from Legion, a clothing and accessories boutique in Chinatown in San Francisco. Owner Sydney Pfaff has exquisite taste and you will always find something you'll love in her brick and mortar shop, as well as at her online shopping destination. Here are four of our favorites that, in fact, might all go together. You could slip this Lotfi clutch into this Evens tote; then wear this sweet ring by Cold Picnic and necklace by Betsy and Iya

Necklace, $46 / Clutch, $75 / Tote, $68 / Ring, $66. Find more Legion goods here

Indie City: Lee Coren

One of the things I love most about having a shop is that I get to fill it with beautiful pieces made by talented artists from around the world, some from just a few miles away and others from several thousands of miles away. The designer I’ve decided to feature this month falls into the latter category. Based in Tel Aviv, Lee Coren has a unique aesthetic that blends urban environments with the “need for escapism and a breath of fresh air.”

Lee’s clean styles and fresh, somewhat minimal prints are themselves a breath of fresh air. Though trained professionally as a graphic designer, she was a natural when it came to designing textiles. She originally ventured into textile design simply to scratch a creative itch, but a few courses in and she was hooked.

Many of her designs come from sketching her own photographs and then turning them into prints for scarves or clutches. She fuses traditional and modern printing techniques to get her end result, which tends to be clean with subdued colors and details, and she uses only vegan materials to maintain a cruelty-free process. Her latest collection was made up of prints based on landscapes from such places as California, the Dead Sea, and New Hampshire. Scarves and clutches make up the bulk of her products, but there are also lovely handbags with detachable chains, mixed-material tote bags, and cotton gauze scarves thrown into the mix.

Lee’s latest collection can be found at Legion (www.legionsf.com) and on her beautiful website (www.leecoren.com). It’s definitely one of the must-see lines of the season.                       

Indie City: Feral Childe

Indie City is a monthly column featuring unique independent designers and artisans, and written by Sydney Pfaff, owner of LEGION in San Francisco.

Sometimes a line comes along that you fall in love with, just head over heels in love with every single piece from every single collection. For me, that line is Feral Childe. Though they’re not a new line by any means—originally conceived in 2002, they didn’t start creating full collections until 2008—it’s definitely one to add to your list of closet keepers if you haven't done so already.

Each piece is made in New York, but it is technically a bi-coastal brand. One half of the designer duo, Alice Wu, lives in Oakland, while the other, Moriah Carlson, lives in Brooklyn. They place heavy emphasis on sustainability and ethical business practices, while keeping a playful sensibility. The collections are built around their unique textiles, which are inspired by their original drawings, collages, and paintings. The painstaking attention to detail in the construction of each garment is delightful—with every wear, you may discover a new tiny illustration within the print; or realize that the fabric is not just plain old cotton, but an upcycled blend made from bottles; or that the previously overlooked button on your pants is made of a tagua nut and quite spectacular.

True to their playfulness, the spring prints (pictured here) took cues from their original artwork of depicting dodo birds, Mars rovers, ancient Mayan ruins, and other unexpected creations. Each piece is made of natural fibers, such as hand-loomed and organic cotton, silk linen, and hemp, and the color palette features earthy tones with elegant pops of maroon and rust.

You can find the current Feral Childe collection at Hawthorne in Oakland, Workshop in Sausalito and Cameron Marks in Santa Cruz. And we are beyond excited to start carrying their line at LEGION in the fall. The fall collection may be one of my favorites yet, so stay tuned for coverage on it later this summer.

Indie City: Evens

Indie City is a monthly column featuring unique independent designers and artisans, and written by Sydney Pfaff, owner of LEGION in San Francisco.

It’s true that Austin and Marfa are the top spots in Texas getting major art and design cred these days, but they aren’t the only ones deserving—Houston’s not to be overlooked. There are many talented designers and artists in the southern city and my favorite among them is Kate de Para, designer of Evens, a covetable line of women’s apparel and accessories.

Kate makes fuss-free pieces with a timeless sensibility. Think boxy short-sleeve tops and silky t-shirt dresses in neutral color palettes. And she doesn’t just design her collection—she designs, dyes, cuts, and sews the line from her Houston studio.

With a background in textile science and sculpture, topped off with a meticulous eye for detail, each Evens piece feels truly artful. There’s a noticeable intention to every stitch, shape, color, and splatter of paint, which I find dreamy and rare in clothing these days. The line’s name comes from her interest in finding balance and is pronounced like the word of the same meaning, “Even,” but plural. Kate finds much of her inspiration throughout Texas and uses a mixture of techniques throughout each collection, such as digital printing, hand and salt dyeing, and screen print.

In addition to her spring collection, now available in stores (yes, mine is one of them!), she’ll be releasing a capsule collection for summer in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for Evens—knowing Kate, it’s only going to get better.
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Sydney Pfaff is a San Francisco-based shop owner (www.legionsf.com) and freelance writer (www.sydneypfaff.com).