The Agenda: Shinola, Annie Leibovitz, and WestWeekAuthor:Allison McCarthy
Shinola—the Detroit brand known for its watches, bikes, and journals—recently opened the doors to its shiny new boutiques in San Francisco and Palo Alto and has just announced the launch of its first-ever women’s leather collection. The 12-piece product line features bags, totes, and wallets that showcase the brand’s signature craftsmanship. And it’s all sourced, tanned, and sewn right here in the U.S. Get yourself over to one of the brand new shops stat.
When: Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., San Francisco; Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Palo Alto
Where: 722 Montgomery St., San Francisco and 261 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
Open to designers and design enthusiasts alike, this year’s WestWeek series at the Pacific Design Center promises a packed schedule of showroom events, open houses, receptions, and new collection unveilings. This year’s theme, “Mad About Design,” challenges with bold, innovative ideas and envelope-pushing concepts as seen through the work of bon vivants Eric Chang, Holly Hunt, Richard Landry, and Suzanne Tucker. Keynote “To Live and Design in DTLA” examines the newfound allure of Downtown, and today’s most daring designers talk about their counterparts of the past in a lively discussion called “Rebels of Design.”
When: Wed. 3/23 – Thurs. 3/24
Where: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles
Image: Misty Copeland, New York City, 2015 © Annie Leibovitz from “Women: New Portraits”
Feast your eyes on a special show of female portraits, including never-before-seen photographs, by the incomparable Annie Leibovitz at an exhibit commissioned by UBS. From performing arts to politics, you’ll see images of some of the most influential women in society today. Think Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg, Amy Schumer, Alice Waters, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Warren, and so many more. This show (did we mention that it’s free admission?) is not to be missed.
When: Mon. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., open until 8 p.m. on Fridays; Fri. 3/25 – Sun. 4/17
Where: The Presidio, 649 Old Mason St., San Francisco
This five-day program, now in its 19th edition, will screen more than 100 films at six different venues, plus a new SIFF village that will have food trucks and a daily happy hour with wine tastings and music. This year, beloved actress Meg Ryan will be honored at a ceremony featuring her directorial feature film debut, Ithaca. Start planning your Sonoma trip now.
When: Wed. 3/30 – Sun. 4/3
Where: Various venues, Sonoma
Take note of the masterful collection by Michael Towey of The California Workshop, a contemporary furniture studio in Costa Mesa. Towey uses his background in mechanical engineering to craft collections that are both progressive and precise, including a lightweight chair inspired by Gio Ponti’s famed Superleggera and light fixtures that mimic the minimalist principles seen in Noguchi’s paper lamps.
Where: 912 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa
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