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Local lookbooks: Downtown

Sophisticated black, white, gray, or beige pieces by Italian line M.A+, Japanese streetwear brand L.G.B. (Le Grand Bleu), and Italian leather goods by Guidi

The store partnered with DiPietro Todd Salons for their latest shoot, which will serve as promotion for both companies. Black leather moto jacket by Agatha NYC, Attachment ribbed tank, LGB waxed jeans, leather and sterling lariat necklace by Geoffrey Young.

“We go for very, very modern, clean, and neutral,” says Kelter, who bases his label selections on construction and exclusivity (he scours Tokyo for handmade pieces, such as those from his latest discovery, 20,000,000 Fragments). Black leather moto jacket by Agatha NYC, Attachment ribbed tank, LGB waxed jeans, leather and sterling lariat necklace by Geoffrey Young.

Attachment ribbed charcoal tank, leather and sterling lariat necklace and young sterling cuff by Geoffrey Young. (DiPietro Todd Salons + Academy; Photography: Brittany McCall; Creative Director: Akemi Tamaribuchi; Cut: Debi Alley; Color: MacLaine DeFelice; Styling: Melissa Fleis for Downtown; Makeup: Julie Dy; Model: Carly Wilhelm)

Next, check out BellJar's spring lookbook, which draws inspiration from Frida Kahlo.

The Look & the Book: Downtown’s shopgirls will flip up a hem, turn a garment inside out, and coo over the construction of a deceptively basic shift dress. The dark, minimalist design of the shop’s blog aligns perfectly with this precise aesthetic, while the posts update its 12,000 regular readers on new inventory and trends. And because of the many Japanese designers carried, including the goth-inspired If Six Was Nine, owner Michael Kelter has two team members create daily updates in Japanese. This unique bilingual strategy attracts local clients who have trouble finding Japanese lines in the United States.

The Local Twist: Responding to the local penchant for comfort and mobility, Kelter stocks pieces that “won’t take 15 minutes to get into or out of.” 55 Maiden Ln., 415-975-4400, downtownshop.com