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Four New Design Collaborations to Watch

Everything’s better when you work together: These partnerships are churning out some seriously lovely goods.


Photo: Courtesy of Erica Tanov

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1. Musical Chairs
Berkeley-based designer Erica Tanov has gained fans for her clothing line’s lush textiles; East Palo Alto–based woodworker Russell Fong is famous for his finely crafted guitars, which he has made for classical and folk musicians as well as the Cocteau Twins. So when Fong and Tanov decided to make furniture together, their pieces hit all the right notes. Their solid designs are crafted from American black walnut and, like the Ciervo armchair ($5,200), upholstered in fabrics including raw silk.

2. Dish List
Cindy Daniel of Healdsburg’s Shed—an updated general store that also features food and a fermentation bar—has joined forces with the ceramists at Napa’s Carter and Co. to produce a line of ceramics that will be sold in the store and also used in its café. Available for preorder September 1, the four-piece set ($195) is made entirely from U.S.-mined clay and other materials and glazed in white dolomite with brown speckling (which comes from iron in the clay). 25 North St. (Near Foss St.), Healdsburg

3. A Couple of Jeaniuses
Founded in San Francisco in 2006, Self Edge has become a magnet for jeans fanatics and now has outposts in New York, Los Angeles, Portland, and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Known for curating high-quality denim brands, Self Edge is partnering with the Japanese luxury jeans label PRPS to produce a women’s-only line of top-notch vintage-inspired styles, including four iterations of jeans—such as the ’60s high-rise pair ($348) pictured here—and a tailored denim jacket. The all-star collaboration debuts in all Self Edge stores October 1. 714 Valencia St. (Near 18th St.)

4. Hat Trick
As lovers of both hats and vacations, San Franciscans Lindsay McConnon and Linsay Radcliffe identified a very specific but vexing problem: Your lid often gets rumpled or ruined when you schlep it around. So the pair launched the luxury hatbox line Freya in May. They partnered with a family of artisans in Tuscany to produce their wares, which are made of Italian leather with 100 percent silk linings and brass hardware. The result is bags like the roomy Poppy ($890), which holds four hats and has enough extra pockets to double as a carry-on. 


Originally published in the September issue of San Francisco 

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