Cool Hunting—Friday nights at San Francisco’s De Young Museum is where you’ll find the city’s culturally cool enjoying cocktails and the best in live music, poetry, films, dance, and lectures. Add world class shopping to the list this weekend at the first ever fair-trade bazaar showcasing fair-trade products from around the globe. Shop for unique items including jewelry, textiles, native handcrafts, and decorative accessories reflecting the many cultures represented in the museum’s collection. Free admission, plus members receive a 10% discount on all purchases. All proceeds support exhibitions, programs, art conservation and preservation efforts at the de Young and Legion of Honor.
Coast Couture—The month of August is Ocean Awareness Month at Fred Segal in Santa Monica. Head down to ZeroMinusPlus, the incredible home and life accessory store on Thursday, August 25 from 6-9 pm for a fundraising event benefiting 5 Gyres and featuring the art of Marina DeBris and her show “Beach Couture — A Trash ‘n’ Fashion Show.” Showcasing the artwork she crafts from trash she picks up as she runs along the coast every morning, “I use humor to startle viewers into taking a closer look at things we usually ignore. The goal is to encourage people to rethink their use of disposables and ultimately reduce waste, “ said DeBris. “Beach Couture” will be up until September 5. The City of Santa Monica will be giving out free reusable bags made by local veterans.
Seattle Sound—At the center of Seattle’s hot indie fashion scene is designer Sara Seumae’s SPUN sustainable collective, where small designers rent rack space to get their work in front of the public. Hosting its first-ever sample sale of the basics-with-a-twist SPUN line on August 27, the sale features 20 to 90 percent off of past-season styles, old stock, samples and one-offs—it’s a great opportunity to try well made, organic cotton clothing made in the U.S.A. Style seekers will also find clothing from Alki Apparel, Bri Seeley, Cameron Levin and many more locavore labels.