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New stores and collections catering to our old-world sensibilities.


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In the slideshow above, some of our favorite new looks. Here are the details.

French Weekend Wear
In a city of unabashed Francophiles, French outfitter Cotélac has long been a Fillmore Street standby. Now the brand has colonized Hayes Valley, introducing the first United States outpost of its younger-skewing sister store, Acoté. The look is Steven Alan meets Mill Mercantile: cropped trousers, cotton tanks and button-downs, drop-waist maxidresses, and wide-leg jumpsuits. $355 at Acoté, 597 Hayes St. (At Laguna St.)

Italian Boots 
Though Frank Beneduci produces shoes in his new Bernal Heights workshop, he first honed his art in Italy. Beneduci takes after his grandfather, an Italian craftsman, employing by-hand pattern-making and manufacturing techniques learned from Milanese master cobblers. His small-batch styles include boots like the popular Bowman, monk straps, and oxfords, and he creates custom pairs by request. $855 at Beneduci Shoemakers, 797 San Jose Ave. (At 30th St.)

Danish Loungers
This is what you get when a former design consultant and a trained blacksmith join forces to make furniture: the melding of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. Copenhagen design company Overgaard & Dyrman is introducing the Wire Collection, its debut assortment of furniture, at the Nwblk this spring. Inspired by old-school saddle-making and metalwork, the line’s sofa, dining chair, and lounge chair combine hand-welded steel with full-grain and soft leather. From, $2,960 at the Nwblk, 1999 Bryant St. (At 18th St.)

Belgian Wallets
Maison Martin Margiela
is in the midst of a spring renaissance. The Belgian fashion house is newly under the direction of John Galliano, who recovered from a scandalous ousting by Dior to make his Margiela couture debut this January. Happily, the company is finally lavishing some attention on San Francisco this month, opening a boutique on the same upscale strip that houses Hermès, Prada, Gucci, and Chanel. You’ll find the slouchy silk suits that the brand is known for, as well as sculptural spring booties and glittered wallets. From $465 at Maison Martin Margiela, 134 Maiden Ln. (Near Grant Ave.)

Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco

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