Financial District Shops
501 Pacific Ave., Financial District
Steven Volpe and Roth Martin’s gallery-slash-shop is a gorgeous, airy space devoted to modern furniture from the 20th- and 21st-centuries, as well as revolving exhibitions of sculpture and decorative art from both local and international artists. As good as they look professionally curated, the pieces here are all meant to work seamlessly within just about any setting, something we learned first hand when we asked Steven to incorporate some of his favorites into our San Francisco goop MRKT.
William Stout Architectural Books
804 Montgomery St., Financial District
As the name suggests, the heart of this sprawling, two-story bookshop is architecture, with a vast selection of fine art, design, and décor titles thrown in for good measure. William Stout, who’s an architect by trade, began his vast collection 30 years ago and has since grown it to include close to 20,000 titles. In fact, we tapped him to curate a collection of books for our San Francisco goop MRKT, fittingly set up in the Frank Lloyd Wright building.
309 Sutter St., Financial District
This is one of the best estate and antique jewelry stores in the country. There's no need to dig through piles of baubles to get to the good stuff because everything is literally a gem. They have close to 50 years of experience and only hire vetted jewelry historians and gemologists to handle the buying and selling, so you can unload some family jewels and find the perfect heirloom engagement ring in one fell swoop.
109 Geary St., Financial District
Years ago, the original Harputs was actually a sneaker store. Now, it's a cool, off-beat clothing boutique downstairs and a workshop/design studio upstairs—Gus and Robin Harputs design, cut, and produce almost every beautifully draped, convertible piece on site. The collection isn't particularly huge (they supplement with a selection of Comme des Garcons, Martin Margiela, and Yohji), and if there's something you don't see, or have a tweak or two you'd like made to an existing piece, they'll gladly get the job done.
Eden & Eden
560 Jackson St., Financial District
This awesome shop is operated by a brother-and-sister duo, who do an excellent job of looking beyond the obvious outlets to stock the airy space. The assortment changes regularly, so while there's no predicting exactly what you might find during a visit, great vintage tees, sculptural jewelry, and clothing from under-the-radar European lines are all a sure thing. Most vintage display tables and scattered seating is for sale, so don't be afraid to ask for a quote if you like what you see.
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