Indie City: Dealtry

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

There are a handful of lines out there that feel more like fine art to me than just clothing or accessories. One that never ceases to amaze me is Dealtry. An artist at heart, Helen Dealtry hand paints beautiful designs, mixing abstract shapes with geometric patterns, and then digitally prints them on scarves. And these aren't just any scarves—they're an ultra-lightweight blend of cashmere and modal. Though they're light in weight, they're large enough to wrap two or three times, making them suitable for any season (especially in places like San Francisco, where women are more than likely to stash a scarf in their purse on any given day, no matter the season). 

Helen's new fall line is the most amazing yet, in my opinion. She gravitated towards black or beige backgrounds with pops of neon pink and yellow, and hints of red, purple, and blue. A couple of them have floral motifs, but she manages to mix in lines and grids to perfectly balance the abstract and geometric themes. There are four new designs for fall and we're lucky enough to have each of them at Legion.

Sydney Pfaff is a San Francisco-based shop owner (www.legionsf.com) and freelance writer (www.sydneypfaff.com). 

Jewelry Report: Gamma Folk

I've been feeling blue lately. As in, I've been crushing on the color blue. I seem to keep gravitating toward it whenever I go shopping. How did I only now realize that blue goes with almost anything in one's wardrobe? In any case, since my discovery of the versatile hue, I've now been on the hunt for bringing blue into my jewelry collection and these four pieces by Gamma Folk, a Brooklyn-based jewelry line, are exactly what I'm looking for. They have a folksy boho vibe with a modern twist, and offer a fresh take on tassels and weaving techinques. Prices range from $90-$125 and the collection can be found online, as well as at Rare Device in San Francisco. 

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).