Monday, September 28, 2009

Belle Cose - “Beautiful Things” is Right

Nob Hill, San Francisco Boutique Pique
By: Nikki @ Boutiquing
Belle Cose, which means “beautiful things” in Italian, is the perfect name for this boutique: it is indeed full of so many beautiful things I almost never walk out empty-handed. Located in one of three neighboring storefronts that connect on the interior, Belle Cose seamlessly transitions to Molte Cose (“many things”), a men’s boutique and vintage boutique with women’s fashion and household items, both of which are located in the two adjacent spaces.

Two things set Belle Cose apart from the rest. The first is its retro, romantic vibe. There are usually a few vintage pieces in the store, but most of the stock is new and vintage-inspired, with lots of ladylike, ultra-feminine pieces. From lacy lingerie to fitted cardigans and classic sheath dresses, Belle Cose is my go-to spot for frilly, girly things reminiscent of eras past.

The second distinction: great prices. I’ve often recognized other women from the neighborhood in here over the years, and it’s because Belle Cose is the kind of boutique you’d be just as likely to pop into on a walk as you might plan a special trip to look for something specific and unique. Either way, you’re likely to come out with something beautiful whether you’ve planned the trip or not, and whatever your budget.
Vintage wardrobes with their doors flung open wide hung collections of sheer blouses, tailored jackets and button-up boots, with pieces from Only Hearts, OnGossamer, Effie’s Heart (a Bay Area designer), BB Dakota and Nick & Mo. Felina, Betsey Johnson and Mary Green (a local San Francisco designer) lingerie hangs neatly along the wall, and scattered artfully across an upholstered vanity bench. Retro shoe picks from Very Volatile, Two Lips and Restricted appear atop vintage bureaus and alongside carefully arranged lingerie, jewelry, and fancy soaps. The effect is charming and inviting, as though you’ve just wandered into an elegant boudoir with an attentive staff who’s been expecting you all along.

Bella Cose
2036 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Monday-Friday 11:00am–6:30pm
Saturday 11:00am–6:00pm
Sunday 12:00am–5:00pm

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