Friday, September 26, 2008

Buy Curious: A Dark Day for East Bay Fashion

Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 5:55 PM

This week, one of the saddest emails ever landed in our inbox. Twenty Two Shoes announced they're CLOSING ... like, for good. Done. Zip. Finished. Forever! There was no mention of the reasons why, but we can only guess that fewer and fewer folks can afford those gorgeous $350 Italian-made shoes these days. There is a silver lining in this dark and ominous cloud, however: a sale, of course. Read on for the details and more "good" news.


Twenty Two Shoes Closure
The owners of this Oakland original - Chris and Alexandra - are indeed calling it quits. No more Twenty Two Shoes online; their SF, LA, and Oakland stores will all close this October (SF and LA on 10/12, Oakland later). Because this is your last chance to snag these fabulous shoes, corral all your pennies and head over to their 75 percent off storewide sale next Friday (though a BC spy tells us many styles are already marked down).
Where: 5856 College Ave., Oakland

Sassy City Chicks
Check out this warehouse-y sale, offering up to 80 percent off designer duds.
When: Friday, Sept. 26, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Ave.
How much it'll cost ya: $5

Made In Oakland Launch Party
Celebrate the opening of a new Oakland sustainable manufacturing business, Made In Oakland, tonight!
When: Friday, Sept. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: 3411 E 12th St., Suite 90, Oakland

Rockridge Street Festival
Check out food, entertainment, and fashion at the Rockridge Street Festival this weekend. Check out styles by area boutiques.
When: Sunday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (fashion show at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.)
Where: Fashion show at College Ave & Kales

FASHANALYSIS: Style News & Views

When you wake up in the morning and start haplessly searching through your closet trying to find something to wear, you search for inspiration. What do I feel like wearing today? What kind of spirited stylish gal am I going to embody? (Right? Right?) Then you say, Oh, I'm going to dress like that marvelously stylish ... Vanessa Getty. Er, Jennifer Siebel Newsom ... ? No? Us neither. But hey, the Chronicle's Sylvia Rubin had to come up with some fashionable Bay Area folk to put in her column, and it just so happens that most of those fashionable folk just also happen to be able to afford Oscar de la Renta gowns and Chanel suits, which they wear to luncheons and the opera. Naturally. Here in the East Bay, we're a little more, um, down-home than that. So, you Buy Curious reader you, who's (or what's) your style inspiration? Got a tip for Buy Curious? Store opening? Sale? Send it to buycurious [at] eastbayexpress [dot] com

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