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Where We're Shopping Now

Anh-Minh Le | April 28, 2016 | Lifestyle Story Shopping

Stanford Shopping Center
Big changes are afoot at Stanford Shopping Center, where the site of the old Bloomingdale’s building will soon be occupied by four structures housing an assortment of retailers, restaurants and offices. Among the new merchants will be Anthropologie & Co.—a combination of Anthropologie and its sister brands Terrain and BHLDN. Other incoming stores include Jenni Kayne, Allen Edmonds, Lush, AllSaints, Luisa Spagnoli, lululemon, Everything But Water, the North Face and Uno de 50. On the food front, shoppers will have even more options with bakery Pink Posy; True Food Kitchen and Tender Greens, both providing health-conscious menus; and Japanese confectioner Minamoto Kitchoan. Look for the new businesses to start opening their doors this spring. Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Warby Parker
In the span of roughly five years, Warby Parker has gone from an online-only purveyor of eyewear to inaugurating its 20th storefront, located at Santana Row. “Bay Area customers are among our most loyal and fervent supporters,” says co-founder and co-CEO Dave Gilboa of the decision to set up shop in San Jose. To celebrate the opening, the Baker frame was released as a limited-edition pair of sunglasses in Glacier Grey with blue mirrored lenses. The style is carried exclusively at the Row outpost, whose interior design is a nod to a classic library, complete with a reference desk (where Warby Parker’s staff can assist with selections, orders, fittings and more) and shelves filled with reading material (including books from the retailer’s own imprint). Handsome leather seating beckons shoppers to take their time browsing a bevy of glasses, which include new silhouettes and colors for spring. As it has since day one, Warby Parker distributes a pair to someone in need for every pair of glasses sold. Its home try-on service, where five frames are shipped to buyers for free, is also still available. 334 Santana Row, San Jose, 669.266.7063

For spring, the Misahara fine jewelry house unveils a new nature-inspired collection. The line is sold in only a handful of stores worldwide—one of which is right here in Silicon Valley. Since last fall, Neiman Marcus at Stanford Shopping Center has carried designer Lepa Galeb-Roskopp’s dazzling creations. The latest includes the Golden Hollow cuff, an 18K yellow-gold piece that features six triangles encrusted with tsavorites, tanzanites and white diamonds ($49,950). Additional Misahara designs, with butterfly and floral motifs, may also be just the thing to add a little sparkle and shine to your style this season. 400 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, 650.329.3300

Just a short drive north, Barneys delivers an enhanced retail experience for discerning patrons. The recently opened stand-alone men’s store in San Francisco features 19,000 square feet of ready-to-wear, shoes and leather goods. “We have included brands that cater to the highest sartorial luxury as well as the avant-garde; a balanced mix that can satisfy a variety of taste and style,” says Tom Kalenderian, executive vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s. In addition to exclusive-to-Barneys products such as Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Giles & Brother jewelry and Public School fashions, the location offers luxury tailoring and sportswear from Isaia, Sartorio, Boglioli, Luciano Barbera, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Valentino and Thom Browne. (The women’s store remains open while it undergoes a redesign that will be completed in 2017.) 2 Stockton St., San Francisco, 415.268.3500,

This season, the Detroit-based company has released its first women’s leather collection. The line is the second created by Shinola’s Co-Leather Design Directors Richard Lambertson and John Truex, who launched a men’s range last fall. Comprised of a dozen pieces—including a wallet, bucket bag, tote and messenger bag—the women’s goods are sourced, tanned and sewn in the United States. The designs, which come in vibrant spring shades such as cobalt and orange, as well as neutrals like navy and black, are now available at Shinola’s 3-month-old downtown Palo Alto location. $195-$995, 261 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650.300.5350

New patterns and home goods have already started popping up in the Marimekko store in Palo Alto, with more on the way in the coming months. The Finland-based design house, known for its colorful and graphic style, is adding six schemes to its repertoire: Mint, Quilt, Okko, Kasvu, Kasvusto and Tiara. “Most of the new prints represent nature, depicting flora and fauna, [and] are complemented by stripe and check prints, which offer a simpler aesthetic,” says Minna Kemell-Kutvonen, director of home products and print design. “The mix—very typical for Marimekko’s design language—allows clients to freshen up their homes in numerous ways.” Some signature motifs from the 65-year-old company’s archives, such as the Unikko floral and circular Kivet, are also getting an update this season; they will be available in new hues. Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650.353.2170

Originally published in the March issue of Silicon Valley

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