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Behind-the-Scenes: Timbuk2 Launches Stylish New Lux Line, FEMME

The San Francisco-based Timbuk2 recently launched their latest collection, TIMBUK2 FEMME, a new lux women’s line that is very stylish, yet practical. I’ve always loved the Timbuk2 bags (my husband has one!) and have pegged them to be more outdoorsy and for men. Well, this new line proves me wrong.

Timbuk2 hosted a preview event to showcase the new line.  CEO Patti Cazzato, a veteran of the fashion industry, led us on a tour of the studio where the magic happens: from design boards, to rows and rows of fabric, to the production of the bags and essentially what are their offices, as well! She told us the story behind Timbuk2 and how today, it’s becoming more of a lifestyle brand with the launch of Femme.  The new collection was designed by Patti and Senior Design Director Andrea Chynoweth who has an impressive pedigree: Gemma Kahng, Vivienne Westwood, Levi Strauss.  Seeing the bags lined up on the racks, I feel in love immediately. The first thing that came to mind was how these would be perfect for work. My version of “casual” is more dressed up than most, and bags are a huge part of that. I’ve always used bags that are great for work but something that looks nice and can be brought out to dinner or an event post-work.  These new bags are that perfect bridge between work and something that works for the evening, as well: think wine night with your girlfriends, a dinner date, stopping by the mall, attending a work event, etc.  The designs feature a range of color-blocking: from my favorite, the “Black n Tan” to a dark blue and gray version.  I love the different fabrics used on the bags – the leather complements the other materials, adding a touch of chic. Prices for the bags range between $198 – $398 and as of now, come in four different styles:

Femme Messenger – Harkening back to Timbuk2’s hero bag but with a twist: all leather construction lends an elevated look to the everyday cyclists’ favorite bag.

Satchel Backpack – Inspired by the shape of a vintage Persian carpetbag, this luxe piece can be worn as a backpack or carried as a tote, helping to smooth the transition from work to play.

Fanny Pack – This miniature version of the classic Timbuk2 messenger is for women who want a chic hands-free bag with more compact storage: perfect for the festival or concert goer.

Boxy Tote – A modern and minimal shoulder bag with a slim profile that can carry everything you’ll need for the day and night.

Check out the beautiful lookbook and below are photos from the event and directly from the collection.

FEMME BACKPACK M_463-4-1182_Fall2015_Lifestyle007The Satchel Backpack. Photo credit: Timbuk2.

FEMME BACKPACK M_463-4-1182_Fall2015_Lifestyle018The Satchel Backpack. Photo credit: Timbuk2.

IMG_8139The Black n Tan Satchel Backpack (my favorite!) Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman. 

IMG_8145In the studio where each back is customized made. Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

IMG_8148All that denim!  Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

IMG_8149Endless fabric choices in many textures and colors. Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

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IMG_8155Sneak preview of the Spring 2016 inspiration design boards for the new collection. Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

IMG_8156Design boards of different fabric choices. Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

IMG_8136The Satchel Backpacks on display. Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

IMG_8138The Femme Messenger (another favorite). Photo credit: Yasemin Sussman.

I always love supporting local companies and have added the Satchel Backpack in “Black n Tan” to my holiday “wish list” (or may have to get sooner!)

Happy Shopping!

xx.


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What I Wore

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On location at one of my favorite places in the world – the San Francisco Ferry Building.  It was a balmy 75 degress on this February day. I’m wearing a top from Madewell, H&M short jacket, Rag & Bones ‘Kensington’ skinny & stretch jeans, Halogen ‘Daphne’ oxfords from Nordstrom, and my black Brahmin handbag (various styles), also from Nordstrom.

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It was sunny but much colder this day, also on location at the San Francisco Ferry Building.  I’m wearing my Anthropologie coat, leopard/chartreuse Nordstrom scarf, dark denim 7 for All Mankind jeans from Nordstrom, GAP patent ankle booties, my black ‘Transport Tote’ from Madewell and a grey Goorin Bros hat.

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Strolling around Berkeley and discovered this fabulous warehouse. I’m wearing my ripped Zara jeans, Nordstrom blouse and Nordstrom sweater (from last season and one of my favorite layering pieces!), Urban Outfitters gold feathers necklace, Anthropologie sunglasses and my black Brahmin handbag

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It was a hot, muggy day in Colorado for our friend’s wedding which meant something simple and light.  I wore this beautiful, flowy Zara skirt, with a simple black tank from Nordstrom paired with my black ‘Transport Tote’ from Madewell and Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

xo.

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Tastes + Sips from the Good Food Awards 2015

In its fifth year, the Good Food Awards celebrates food producers, farmers and artisans in 11 different categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserve, spirits, oil and honey. This is one of my favorite events in San Francisco and I’ve made sure to attend every year, and it keeps getting better and better!   The Marketplace takes place at the beautiful San Francisco Ferry Building with tables lined up outside all along the building.   The place is buzzing with people there for the Saturday Farmer’s Market, the crowd that wanders through the Ferry Building and others there to enjoy tastes and sips from the winners of the Good Food Awards. The coffee section is the best way to start to get your own buzz.  I enjoyed tastes from Blue Bottle, Square One, and Noble Coffee Roasters.  I then move on to the charcuterie and cheese, slowly moving from table to table, sampling and talking to the owners/producers themselves, some local and others that have traveled from the East Coast.  Then it’s time for sweets, starting with tastes of the preserves and honey, and ending with chocolate. I was so excited to see Zoe’s Chocolate there as a winner, all the way from Waynesboro, PA where my husband’s from! We then made our way over to the Beer & Spirits tasting.  The Forbidden Planet from Bluejacket Brewery out of DC was one of my favorites and I also enjoyed the really unique Black Currant Cider from Finnriver Farm & Cidery based in Washington.

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Charcuterie from Olympic Provisions based in Portland, Ore., is always my favorite. 

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Cheese tastings from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

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This ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream out of Ohio was to die for, especially topped with the salted caramel sauce.

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The Mango Marmalade from The Royal Gourmet was bright and tropical! 

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RAFT was serving their soda syrups that are delicious to add to soda water.

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The Wild Blueberry compote from American Spoon tasted like eating tiny wild blueberries straight out of a jar and was one of the most unique compotes I’ve ever tasted. 

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Venus Spirits had a beautiful display and set-up, serving sips of their Gin. Based in Santa Cruz, they are on our list to visit once their tasting room opens (soon!)

I was also lucky to meet the owner/producer of Bloomery SweetShine who won for their Seasonal Pumpkin Spice spirits, which was good on it’s own but would also be amazing drizzled over a cheesecake or other dessert!

Congrats to all of the winners and the team for another great event!

xo.

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Sweet & Spark Trunk Show

The beautiful Marmalade Boutique on Union Street in San Francisco hosted a trunk show with sweet & spark  a couple of weeks ago and I was thrilled to go as I have always wanted to check out their jewelry. First of all, Marmalade Boutique is such a charming, well-curated store with fashion at affordable prices.  From tops and dresses to pillows and jewelry, the lovely owner, Hope Schaffer-Colling, carefully selects each piece from her travels around the world. Hope and her husband Pete also own The Mason Jar, another boutique with great interior design pieces. If you are in the neighborhood, you must stop by.

I really liked a lot of the pieces from sweet & spark, which consists mostly of curated vintage jewelry. The jewelry is unique and they have great collections that fit your specific style needs. Check out their Fall Trends; I am especially loving the Boho Chic. I love their story, too, being a father-daughter team that started this from spending their time together out and about at local flea markets (that included stops at the donut shop). 🙂

It was a great event filled with fabulous company and delicious champagne (why not when you are shopping?!)

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xo.

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DIY Tea Time at The Mason Jar

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masonjar3Last week, I got to spend a lovely evening at The Mason Jar in San Francisco that’s owned by husband and wife team Pete and Hope Colling.   The Mason Jar is a home goods store with a well-curated collection of everything from home decor to luxury candles and artisanal soaps to jewelery, coffee tables and the most amazing pillows. The store opened just last year in October 2013 and is located at 2149 Union Street.   I joined an intimate group and the owners for a DIY Tea Time event to kick-off the launch of their DIY events.  There were three different tea choices (green, black, and white teas) and mason jars filled with the loose tea to make your tea bags.  We got a step by step overview on how to make our hand blended tea bags (and learned the best trick to seal the tea bag – a travel size hair straightener!) Check out the upcoming DIY events and in the meantime, spend an afternoon shopping for some fabulous items at the store!

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So many choices of tea.

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Hope explaining how to make your own tea bags.

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Stamps to label your tea – Black tea.

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xo.

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Hog Island Oyster Co. Reopens in Ferry Building

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Hog Island Oyster Co. just reopened their oyster bar in San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building after being closed for a few months for expansion. Hog Island was one of the opening tenants of the ferry building during its transformation as a food marketplace in 2003. It’s a very popular spot in SF for locals and tourists alike. Tomales Bay, on the coast of Northern California, is where they harvest and shuck the amazing, hand raised, sustainable oysters and shellfish.

The newly opened space has an expanded bar and much more seating. There is still a line outside, but don’t be intimated by it – it moves pretty quickly and it’s all worth the wait!  We were able to get one of the best seats – right at the oyster bar, overlooking the Bay Bridge and front row seats to watch their team shucking oysters.  We ordered the half dozen chef’s selection and an order of the grilled oysters, paired with their bloody mary and a glass of prosecco.  We will be back to indulge again at Hog Island over oysters and cocktails.

And since it was a Saturday, we wandered around the amazing farmer’s market and took home gorgeous purple and bright orange flowers that look perfect in the loft.

xo.

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LookMazing & Hoss Intropia Spring Event

Looking forward to checking out the new Hoss Intropia boutique in Bloomingdales SF this Saturday!  Feminine, different, versatile, colorful, optimistic, fun, special, dreamy and elegant all describe the Hoss Intropia collections. Their designs are original, unique, feminine, fun and suitable for any occasion, wearable, elegant and with a classic touch. With an exceptional quality, the designs always include original prints with special attention to detail and finishes.

Check back on my blog on Sunday for a recap and photos from the event and follow me for updates on Twitter @yaseminck or on Instagram @yasemin_sussman.

xo.

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