1.08.2014

Haus Of Vixen (x) N O R T H // S O U T H















Psyched to finally share this groovy collaboration with you all!

San Francisco is full of talk about gentrification, Google buses and soaring housing prices. But what does this all mean for the city's famous artist community and eccentrics? Many are currently fleeing to Oakland, and a small few are holding strong with rent controlled leases in untouched blocks of the Mission District.

This includes local SF clothing designer, Alina Baty, and her fashion brand Haus Of Vixen. The local lady designs out of her showroom and manages to manufacture all her garments in the Bay Area.
So we were shocked/excited to hear someone like Alina still existed out there! Especially someone pumping out such wearable duds.

Designer, Alina Baty, on Haus Of Vixen:
Where does Haus Of Vixen’s name come from?
The name kinda evolved from a cute nickname that my bf would always call me....Vixen and I guess I just kinda ran with it. I thought that a fox would be a perfect portrayal of the clothing line because its feminine yet wild and rough around the edges.
What type of girl do you envision in Haus Of Vixen designs?
The girl who isn't afraid to stand out, believes in herself and has lots of of heart. Especially those girls who are putting themselves out there and making their dreams come true in the world of art, fashion, music and other creative endeavors.
Does Haus Of Vixen have a signature style or piece?
Our signature piece is the kimono and its a draping, dolman sleeve sweater. It comes in all sorts of different fabrics, colors and weights so basically there's one for everything. and the best part about it, is its a one size fits all deal and can be thrown over almost anything. We even have lace and chiffon ones for cocktail hour! Its definitely a timesless, favorite. 
What inspires you, as a designer, to create clothing?
I am extremely inspired by the past -hence my other line of upcycled vintage clothing, Ragabond. Ever since high school I've been obsessed with thrift shopping, it was like treasure hunting! I started playing around with the clothes I found and improving them, reconstructing them, etc. I just fell in love with all the different kinds of materials and style vintage clothing had to offer. I am also extremely infatuated with fabric itself and recently found out that my great-grandfather owned a chain of fabric stores in Europe in the early 1900's. That seriously blew my mind, fabric is in my blood. Clothing is my calling.
It is REALLY impressive that you manage to manufacture all your clothing right here in San Francisco –what are the biggest challenges you face making that decision?
Of course the financial aspect was the biggest challenge. I could have easily gone to China or some other country and had everything produced for the fraction of the cost. BUTI am SO happy that I kept everything local. There are so many reasons why manufacturing in San Francisco is great. Besides the obvious environmental and (local) economic benefits, the turn around time is phenomenal! And it really allows me to be on a personal level with the people who are making the clothes and have a real hand in the quality control. Its so much better when you can communicate in person rather than 2,000 miles away through a computer screen. 
Where can we buy Haus Of Vixen?
If you are local to San Francisco, I am currently in three boutiques and growing! Wonderland SF in the Mission, Loft 1513 in Noe Valley, and California Mercantile Made in Hayes Valley. However I also do sell from our Mission District showroom by appointment. If you are outside of San Francisco we sell online at Ragabond.com & Etsy.

Photography by Alina Baty.
Haus Of VIxen velvet leggings and bodysuit. Ragabond vintage clothing.


Much love & thank you Alina!
XxXo

12.19.2013

San Francisco Chronicle: Thrifty Holiday Trends With Twice



 So I recently began writing for the San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper. Eeeek! So psyched to be in the same realm as Mark Twain and Jack London, although they definitely weren't writing about 20th century fashions. Check out my first on-camera interview of re-sell website, Twice.

 We put together a short "how-to" with their Head Buyer, Erica Setness, on how to shop thrifted holiday trends. 

 View the video under "Style Videos" on the Chronicle's style blog, SF Unzipped

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