You return to France for the Holidays, or your family comes to visit you … It’s the opportunity to offer gifts designed or manufactured in San Francisco that they will not find in France.
Here is a list curated by MerciSF. We have listed products that are available in San Francisco, designed and/or manufactured locally. You’ll score points with the teenager by gifting the skateboard purchased on Haight-Ashbury, and with your stepmother putting the BITE Beauty lipstick under the tree.
BITE Beauty – San Francisco based brand specialized in lip makeup, it belongs to LVMH but is not yet available in France. It offers a wide range of lipstick, made with natural and organic ingredients. You can find them at Sephora in the US or go to Bite Lip Lab where it is possible to create your own lipstick. Lip Lab – 2132 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
Elsi Beauty – Offer the little elixir bottle of Elsi Beauty, the beauty brand created by Dr. Elsa Jungman, a French entrepreneur. It is a moisturizing and soothing oil for all skin types. Made of only three natural ingredients, Let’s Start Over is designed to nourish and respect the skin without irritating it. Clinically tested.
Swing jewelry – Pure-line pendants and earrings, sometimes accented with crystals – that’s what Swing Artisan Jewelry has to offer! Created by Emeline Lanois, this range of jewelry is sold online or in pop-ups stores.
BRYR clogs – BRYR Studio is the epitome of local San Francisco fashion. This small brand designs and manufactures locally with American leathers. You can choose your heel height, leather, color and model … and you will wear them even in winter. Shop and workshop in DogPatch or online store.
San Francisco Giants – When you do not know what to bring back or you know a hardcore baseball fan who dreams of attending games at the Oracle Park, the mythical cap of the SF Giants or any other gadget with the logo.
Levi’s – For those who still ignore it, Levi’s is San Francisco’s brand that dates back to 1870, and headquarters are still in San Francisco. The timeless denim jacket Levi’s is regularly on sale in Levi’s stores but also on their website. And for smaller budgets, think about accessories, the T-shirt goes everywhere and trendy or the big jacket Levi’s to face the winter with style
AllBirds – Mix of Merino wool, recycled plastic bottles, castor beans oil and recycled cardboard, those shoes are on the rise! You can not walk in San Francisco without meeting someone who wears Allbirds shoes. Online
Goorin hats – Goorin started its hat factory in 1895 and is in the fourth generation! Discover models for men and women that are extremely well cut in high-end materials. The shops smell mahogany and will make you travel through the ages and styles. Go to the North Beach or Haight St store or online.
Skate culture at FTC – The skate shop opened in 1994 in the heart of Haight Ashbury. It offers boards with original designs but also a range of clothing inspired by the culture born of the skateboard movement. There is something for every budget, from collector models to more affordable boards. You can also buy online
Timbuk2 bags – The Timbuk2 messenger bag is their flagship product but the range has greatly expanded with suitcases, convertible bags… since its inception in 1989. Literally created by a bike delivery man, the bags are ultra well designed, with a lifetime warranty. The shop is on Hayes St and you can also order online
BKR – Exit the plastic bottles, here is the most hype and green water bottle, simply made of glass but protected by a soft material. Created in San Francisco by two friends, this is the bottle you need to go to … your yoga class, where else?
A little gift for the kids with recently published book The Little Paper Airplane by French Designer Stephanie Ross and local illustrator Denise Fiedler.
Joyeux Noel, et Merci Constance