Hayes Valley Shops
411 Hayes St., Hayes Valley
Corina Nurimba and Catherine Chow, the two Cornell grads behind Azalea, are big believers that shopping should be an experience, and a pleasant one at that. This means that customer service is priority number one at both the original Hayes Valley outpost and the newer one in the Mission. The stores are split into men's and women's sections and do a really great job of staying current and affordable with the brand offering but not super trend-driven in the assortment (Topman and Nudie jeans for guys; OAK, T by Alexander Wang, and the house line for gals).
10 Brady St., Hayes Valley
Bell’Occhio, with its French-y, almost fantastical vibe, looks like a shop you might have walked into, in say, 1895, on a hidden, cobbled street in Montparnasse, Paris. For over 26 years, the shop has enticed customers with antique ribbons and stationery, French sewing supplies, and elegant gift wrap, the gift wrapping services to go with, not to mention calligraphy services courtesy of a former White House calligrapher. And should you want an even bigger slice of the fantasy, they offer interior design services, too.
344 Linden St., Hayes Valley
Occupying a pretty clutch location across from the Blue Bottle on Linden Alley, the interior of Clare V.'s first San Francisco boutique is every bit the brand's chic, subtly Parisian aesthetic, with soft light pink floors and French-inspired posters on the walls. A garden in the back connects them to the Steven Alan on Hayes. Photos: Ulysses Ortega
541 Hayes St., Hayes Valley
This is a local-approved favorite for clothing and accessories at reasonable price points. The denim is particularly well-edited (Amo, Mother, Rag & Bone) as are the everyday basics to pair it with: stripes from Lady & the Sailor, tie-dyes from Raquel Allegra, and easy linens from Lem Lem.
381 and 416 Hayes St., Hayes Valley
Over the 30 years its been in business, Gimme Shoes has amassed a pretty impressive designer roster. Their specialty is cool, under-the-radar lines you're not likely to find at a department store. Think: Chie Mihara, Dries van Noten, and heritage brands like Wolverine and Red Wing.
MAC (Modern Appealing Clothing)
387 Grove St., Hayes Valley
Focusing primarily on Belgian and Japanese designers (Engineered Garments, Dries Van Noten, Comme des Garçons), the long-standing MAC is one of the city's primary destinations for edgier labels. It's enduring power probably has something to do with the owners, a brother-and-sister team with a seemingly bottomless well of design knowledge, which they pass onto their employees and customers. There's a second location in Dogpatch.
Maker & Moss
364 Hayes St., Hayes Valley
The first thing you'll notice about this home décor shop is the grandiose space—the wood-paneled ceilings are tall and rounded, and there are huge skylights that fill it with natural light. Owner Matt Bissinger, an SF native, stocks the space with everything from mid-century furniture to ceramics, candles, vintage maps and wall-hangings, and other objects that make excellent gifts. P.S. They do registries.
546 Laguna St., Hayes Valley
This jewel box of a shop is loosely split into two sections: one dedicated to modern fine jewelry (Kathleen Whitaker, Gabriella Kiss, Arielle de Pinto, and much more) and the other houses a substantial estate selection. The focus here is on unusual, handcrafted one-of-a-kind pieces you wouldn't find anywhere else—specifically, the edit of non-traditional engagement rings and wedding bands is unlike anything we've ever seen. The store itself, though teeny, is so beautifully appointed and so well stocked that you'll need more time here than you might think to really take it all in.
315 Linden St., Hayes Valley
Mary Mar Keenan is a long-time potter that made a name for herself making tableware like plates, mugs, and serving bowls for some of the area's best restaurants (she designed plates for both The Progress and Nightbird). She sells her earthy, heartfelt pieces out of a teensy studio, and they're sort of the best souvenir (or wedding gift) imaginable.
Rand + Statler
425 Hayes St., Hayes Valley
As far as luxury boutiques go, this one skews decidedly cooler than most. First of all, it caters to both men and women, so you won't feel rushed while rifling through racks of L'Agence dresses, stacks of A.P.C. jeans, and piles of Anine Bing tees—your dude will be plenty distracted by pieces from Y-3, Opening Ceremony, and Maiden Noir. The jewelry case also deserves mention (Ariel Gordon, Catbird, Pamela Love) as does the Chanel-heavy partnership with What Goes Around Comes Around.
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