Best of BoCoCa Boutiques
by Heather Liang and Christina Parrella, 10/15/2014
In BoCoCa there are more shopping options than even the most avid browser could physically tackle in one day. And in addition to usual suspects like LF, hidden retail gems abound. Smith Street showroom Article& (which functions as a shop, though its business is now primarily online) carries contemporary clothing carefully curated by Lara Fieldbinder, who's been doing business in this location since 2005. Fieldbinder caters to local creative types looking for tailored, not-too-trendy career-wear pieces that are edgy and well made.
At the higher end of the retail spectrum is Bird, a boutique that offers women's wear labels like Acne and Isabel Marant alongside goods from local upstarts such as Brooklyn brand Apiece Apart. For minimalist handbags made from soft and supple leather, try Joy Gryson. The handbag designer, who has worked for Marc Jacobs, Coach and Calvin Klein, crafts a line of bags in crossbody, satchel and backpack styles made from goatskin, cowhide and other similar materials.
The more budget-friendly Kaight is devoted to eco-conscious threads from local and national designers such as Ti Mo and H Fredriksson. Kaight's whimsical mix of clothing, accessories and shoes are all pesticide-free and ethically made. –Christina Parrella