Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bryan Lee - Go, Seek, Find

San Francisco Boutique Pique
By: Nikki Jong @ Boutiquing

Bryan Lee is like a good friend you want to spend a Sunday afternoon with: it's colorful, comfortable, perfect for a pick-me up, and when it's time to go, you might feel a little sad. Chandeliers cast a warm glow on the cheerful interior, reflected in the over sized mirror at the back of the store.

This Union Street staple carries lines for men and women. With half the store stocking menswear, there's more than enough to keep him interested, but if he looks like he's about to drop, he can do it in style on plush seating thoughtfully set out for the shop-weary. The store stocks a great range of designers, from Postella, Project Vintage and Ali & Ro, to Goddis, Liquid, Juicy Couture, Ella Moss, Joie and Rachel Pally. I also spotted a few basics from local designer Rebecca Beeson.

As far as denim, there's a wide selectin of upscale labels, including Earnest Sewn, Chip & Pepper, Rich & Skinny and Joe's Jeans. Bryan Lee is literally a one-stop shop: you can find and accessorize an entire outfit here. Start with a dress, layer on some tights and a cardigan, add a clutch (I almost bit the bullet with a studded leather envelope clutch) and you're almost ready to go-oh, that's right: jewelry. The selection from Anna Beck alone is pretty amazing. Beck originally hailed from the Bay Area but now lives in Bali; her pieces have a distinct Indonesian influence-I adored her chunky hammered rings and intricate drop earring with clever cut-outs. You're not running off barefooted, are you? I'm pretty sure you need a pair of pumps or some cute boots for that outfit. Whether you lean trendy or timeless, options from Seychelles, Klub Nico, Charles David, Frye and Lovely People will have you covered.

Heather Martin, Bryan Lee's new owner as of January 2009, is a stickler for quality customer service. From alterations to personal shopping assistance and special client thank-you events, she's in it to win you over. You could literally spend hours in here without getting through everything. So maybe you should start out after Sunday brunch next time, and see where the afternoon leads you. I'll bet if it brings you to Bryan Lee, you won't leave empty-handed.

Bryan Lee
1840 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

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