As the full Fall retail season gets underway next week, the Bay Area will see a host of fashion and shopping events kick off, but two events, both of which are uniquely San Francisco but have major international appeal have caught our attention.
First on the local front:
Already owners of arguably the most high-profile and best curated boutiques in San Francisco, Carrots, Melissa and Catie Grimm are expanding their fashion interest with their first ever capsule collection which will launch as a shop-in-shop at their Montgomery Street boutique starting Wednesday, October 5. Called A'bout, and designed in collaboration with Dean Hutchinson and Yunchieh Chang the collection will feature a well thought out array of pieces from "minimalist shirts and tanks, to slouchy Japanese cotton T-shirts and tailored wool-blend pants to asymmetrical midi-skirts and buttery lambskin jackets."
Now moving on to the world stage:
In-the-know fashion followers have been waiting for this moment for months and Saturday, October 8th it finally happens; the first U.S. flagship store for avant-garde Japanese designer h. Naoto opens in San Francisco on the second floor of the New People Building in Japan Town. To celebrate this occasion, which is momentous not only for the brand, The New People building will be draped in bold h.naoto colors (black, burgundy, and purples) and the third floor Superfrog gallery will host a historical h.Naoto gallery exhibition showcasing "a variety of custom collections worn by famous J-Pop/J-Rock celebrities as well as international artists and musicians will be on display and will also feature ensembles worn by Gackt, X-Japan, and Evanescence."
Also on-hand for the event, designer h.Naoto himself will be appearing in his boutique to meet and greet local fashion fans.
The schedule for the event is as follows:
12:00pm – 6:00pm h.NAOTO Boutique Grand Opening
2:00-4:00pm 2nd Floor - h.NAOTO Shop 3rd Floor - h.NAOTO Historical Gallery Exhibition
6:00pm – 8:00pm - h.NAOTO Fashion Party (for VIP customers and press only)
For more information on the event itself , visit New People World online, and for more information on designer h.Naoto check out the exclusive Style Wylde interview with the designer here, and exclusive images from his private preview presentation here.