Posts Tagged ‘denim’

That EXPRESS Chain Store is Going to Replace Our Beloved Gold Dust Lounge with … a “Dual-Gender Denim Lab”

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

EXPRESS, Inc has just announced what it’s going to do with the former Gold Dust Lounge on Geary in Union Square – it seems we’re going to be blessed with a 16,000-square-foot “flagship” store.

Here’s what EXPRESS has to say about it:

“Located at 301 Geary Street, the Union Square location is comprised of approximately 16,000 square feet and will feature two floors, plus a mezzanine, of selling space.  One of the vacating tenants delayed Express taking possession of the space.  The property is owned by Handlery Hotels, Inc.”

Yes, that delay was the talk of the town.

Anyway, bygones.

I think this is it, a “dual-gender Denim Lab” as seen in Pennsylvania’s King of Prussia town, an East Coast version of Emeryville I guess: 

Click to expand – more shots at the RetailDesignBlog

All right, together now:

Dual-Gender Denim Lab!

Dual-Gender Denim Lab!

Dual-Gender Denim Lab!

Myself, I just got a pair of “Kirkland” jeans on sale at our dual-gender Costco #144 in SoMA. $11-something. (Now that was a deal because normally they’re $13-something. And I remember when they were just $12-something, back in the day. Ah mem’ries…)

All the deets:

“COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23, 2012  – Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR), a specialty retail apparel chain operating over 600 stores, today announced that the company will open two flagship locations in Times Square in New York City and Union Square in San Francisco.  Both locations are scheduled to open in 2013.  Union Square, located at the corner of Powell and Geary streets, is scheduled to open next summer; and Times Square, located at the corner of 46(th) Street and Broadway – in the heart of the Bowtie – is scheduled to open in the fall.

“We are extremely excited to officially announce both of these flagship locations for 2013,” said Michael Weiss, chairman, president & CEO of Express, Inc.  ”The age old mantra of ‘location, location, location’ was certainly at work in the selection of these two properties.  These flagships will not only reflect the strength of our fashion authority within these two cities, but also serve as a gateway to our brand for international visitors and shoppers as part of our international expansion strategy,” he added.

Times Square: Located at 1552 Broadway, the Times Square location is comprised of approximately 30,000 square feet and will feature three selling floors.  The prominent location also includes a 125 foot tall, 9,000 square foot LED sign package on the facade of the building facing Broadway.  The property is owned by joint venture partners SL Green Realty Corp. and Jeff Sutton.

Union Square: Located at 301 Geary Street, the Union Square location is comprised of approximately 16,000 square feet and will feature two floors, plus a mezzanine, of selling space.  One of the vacating tenants delayed Express taking possession of the space.  The property is owned by Handlery Hotels, Inc.

Both locations will be constructed in Express’ new store design created by Japanese design firm, Wonderwall.  With uptown finishes and downtown cool, the store features design elements of refined chic and forward-thinking composition that creates individual spaces with a sense of style.  Divided into three sections of Men’s, Women’s and a dual-gender Denim Lab, products are divided by lifestyle categories and outfitted by gender.  A refined Express brand is conveyed through the use of modern industrial fixtures, displays and textures.  Mortar walls and concrete floors create an open, expansive space accented with aged oak wood floors.  Glossy white walls divide the space into rooms and provide a dynamic contrast to the natural wood outrigger shelving system.

About Express, Inc.:
Express is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women’s and men’s merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30 year old customer.  The Company has over 30 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions.  The Company currently operates over 600 retail stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States, in Canada and in Puerto Rico, and also distributes its products through the Company’s e-commerce website, www.express.com.”

Here’s a Place for Your Smartphone, in a Special Pocket in Your Jeans – Presenting the Delta415 from Alphyn Industries

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

I don’t know, but here it is:

My dad had this kind of deal to take notes when he flew airplanes, in the pre-smartphone era:

All the deets:

“SAN FRANCISCO CLOTHING COMPANY REINVENTS  THE ORIGINAL BLUE JEAN FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE: DELTA415                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 It’s Time to Change Your Pants: Alphyn Industries Launches the Delta415 Premium Jeans

(June – 2012) – Tech-fashion brand, Alphyn Industries has launched a new line of premium denim, which will revolutionize the way consumers interact with their smartphones. The Delta415 Premium Jeans are made of advanced materials designed to improve 21st century urban lifestyle. The stylishly intuitive smart jean is the latest product in the WEARCOM™ line. The WEARCOM™ technology gives the wearer the ability to use a smart device within the garment without physically holding it. 

The patented Wearcom™ pocket (3 x 5 inch / 7.6 x 12.7cm) is made of durable polymer film to allow for complete interactivity with any touch screen device.  A buttonhole above the genuine leather film edge opens into the front pocket for threading headphones/mic wire into right pant pocket. The zippered pocket cover provides a discrete look, secure and easy retrieval, and full usability of the smartphone while sitting down.

The Jeans are handmade in San Francisco, California, the heartland of Silicon Valley and the birthplace of blue jeans. They are made from 100% cotton denim and organic cotton pockets.  The dedicated device pocket gives the wearer’s smartphone the safe functional home it deserves as the wearer navigates the urban stratosphere and makes things happen.

“We test and use the best materials because we know it is what our customers expect” said, Ben Raviv, CEO of Alphyn. Alphyn draws on the tradition of bringing military technologies to the public and redefining civilian culture.

Inspired by the fighter pilots’ G-suit, which has custom straps and pockets for a map clipboard and notes attached to their thigh during flight, Alphyn developed unique pocket configurations, which hold smart devices, and allows the wearer to interact with their device without the need to hold it.  The goals are to make living safer, and to make everyday clothing stylish, protective, functional and user friendly, and merging advanced mobile gear with everyday clothing to accommodate our communication culture. 

 Industries is located in San Francisco, the birthplace of blue jeans and the silicone chip. Alphyn manufactures its clothes locally, reflecting the Bay Area’s culture of backyard Silicone Valley tech giants like Apple, Google, Zynga and eBay, combined with the rich fashion tradition of LEVIS, Dockers, GAP, and The North Face, who have reshaped classic American fashion. 

Testing the best materials available, from space age silver coated, nylon cotton knits to denim woven on vintage looms; Alphyn uses the most advanced materials to produce its products. Alphyn bridges the gap between communication, safety, and fashion, and to offer its customers timeless design and style with avant-garde technologies and quality American craftsmanship.  

We are Alphyn Industries, join the technological apparel revolution!

Features:

Engineered straight leg cut

Accommodates any touchscreen device (up to 3 x 5 inch) – iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch, Droids and other devices.

Extended right belt loop with tactical black key ring 

Made of coated 100% cotton indigo dyed denim.

Zipper fly.

Made in San Francisco, California.

Composition: 100% Cotton denim, organic cotton pockets and a polymer film.

Care Instructions: Wash inside out, cold cycle with like colors, do not bleach, tumble dry low. 

DO NOT IRON OVER DEVICE POCKET

Sizes: 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38

Color: Indigo Blue

Purchase the jeans on our website: http://bit.ly/LBAUQ7

Your Lunch Today in the FiDi = Pico de Gap Taco Truck! Tacos + Mexican Coke = $1.69! Hurry! Hurray!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh man, Andy Wright and Marie McIntosh from the The Bay Citizen get into it, I mean, they really get into it. C'mon! El Gappo ofrece simple tacos, chicas!]

OMG, it’s back in the Financh today, Wednesday, August 17th, 2011, but for a limited time only.

Check it:

Lunch at 615 Sacramento St., between Montgomery & Kearny! Stay tuned for our doors up tweet!”

I figure they’ll open around elevenish this AM. Limit four tacos per person.

But this deal is just too sweet, just too much of a bargain, so get there before they run out of tacos. (I mean, don’t show up at 1:00 PM expecting them to still be open is what I’m saying. Maybe, but who knows.)

This is a 100% certified great deal. All hail our corporate overlords at The Gap, Inc.

All the deets:

Well, here it is, straight outta West Pico Blvd, it’s the Pico de Gap Taco Truck!

Check out the sked on Twitter to find it around town to score two tacos plus a bottle of Mexican Coke or a similar such fruity drink for just $1.69, which is redolent of 1969, the year the first Gap store opened up on Ocean Boulevard.

See? This lovely Gap Gal is holding all four available tacos (designed just for S.F. by famous Top Chef “cheftestant” Ryan Scott) plus a $20 off coupon for “1969″ jeans:

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Your choices:

  • 1. Chorizo and Crispy Potato Taco with goat cheese, watercress, and charred lime salsa verde
  • 2. Mole-braised brisket Taco with pumpkin seeds, red onion marmalade, queso fresco, and Mexican chocolate vinaigrette
  • 3. Raw Yellow Corn “Ceviche” Taco with dirty green rice, poblano aioli, guacamole, and charred tomato salsa
  • 4. California taco with pasilla-braised chicken, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, pepper jack cheese, and Cool Ranch Doritos

And here’s a close-up, 4,2,1,3 I think:

They’re all delish.

Here’s what it looked like in the Hayes Valley a few days back:

Hurray!

OMG, the “Pico de Gap” Food Truck is Totally Awesome! Two “Top Chef” Tacos + Mexican Coke for Just $1.69

Monday, August 15th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh man, Andy Wright and Marie McIntosh from the The Bay Citizen get into it, I mean, they really get into it. C'mon! El Gappo ofrece simple tacos, chicas!]

Well, here it is, straight outta West Pico Blvd, it’s the Pico de Gap Taco Truck!

Check out the sked on Twitter to find it around town to score two tacos plus a bottle of Mexican Coke or a similar such fruity drink for just $1.69, which is redolent of 1969, the year the first Gap store opened up on Ocean Boulevard.

See? This lovely Gap Gal is holding all four available tacos (designed just for S.F. by famous Top Chef “cheftestant” Ryan Scott) plus a $20 off coupon for “1969″ jeans:

Click to expand

Your choices:

  • 1. Chorizo and Crispy Potato Taco with goat cheese, watercress, and charred lime salsa verde
  • 2. Mole-braised brisket Taco with pumpkin seeds, red onion marmalade, queso fresco, and Mexican chocolate vinaigrette
  • 3. Raw Yellow Corn “Ceviche” Taco with dirty green rice, poblano aioli, guacamole, and charred tomato salsa
  • 4. California taco with pasilla-braised chicken, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, pepper jack cheese, and Cool Ranch Doritos

And here’s a close-up, 4,2,1,3 I think:

They’re all delish.

Here’s what it looked like in the Hayes Valley a few days back:

Today, Monday, August 15, 2011, they’ll be in the corrupt Twitterloin on Market betwixt 7th and 8th:

“Pico de Gap SF will be between 7th & 8th Streets on Market tomorrow in #SF for lunch! Get tacos y denim starting at 11AM while supplies last”

Hurray!

7 for all Mankind Kicks Off its New Boutique in San Franicisco. Recession, What Recession?

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Luxury denim maker 7 for all Mankind had a bit of a housewarming the other day for its relatively new San Francisco store at 224 Grant in Union Square. So that’ll be the only place in the Bay Area you can get its products outside of an upscale department store for now - don’t bother dropping by the Costco. (Of course Costco is the place to go to get lesser jeans that fall apart easily, looking at you Calvin Klein. Moving on…)

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It’s Spring, time for a new collection. Some of the products are super soft and “pre-distressed,” so they look like some strangers’ prized broken-in jeans. That’s where your money goes.

Straight out of Los Angeles County. When pants have a serial number…

Accessories as well:

In the face of our recession, 7FAMK is opening up boutiques all over the country this year.

Somebody still has money to spend, apparently.

That’s encouraging. Srsly.

Calvin Klein Jeans Not Trying Hard Enough to Make Rivets Last

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Here’s what happens when you don’t spring for the $100+ jeans at Costco - the main rivet holding your sub-$100 cK pants together breaks apart in your hands after one washing. Let’s take a look.

No problems here at the front of the rivet. Click to expand:

And the buck-tail here on the other side looks good:

Here’s your problem: the end of your buck-tail looks like an aluminum can because it’s made out of aluminum. It’s one thing to have a defect in your MG18A03C AN 36009 CA 00213 Straight Leg Egyptian cotton (or cotton from Egypt, anyway) jeans, but it’s another thing to look like they’re not even trying.

Construction seems a little cheesy at 20x life size.

How to fix a rivet – that’s the next task…