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Lust for Life

What better time than February to trade our trademark fleece for some leather, lace, and a stack of bling?


Exceptional Unmentionables
Malia Mills pioneered the sexy-at-every-size movement 25 years ago with its signature swimwear collection, which uses bra sizing for tops and offers bottoms in sizes 1 to 16. A new eight-piece lingerie capsule collection is taking the brand’s intimate knowledge of women’s bodies undercover. Lace bras, high-waisted panties, and bodysuits start at $135 and are all available for a limited time at the company’s Marin location. 2203 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur

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Love on Top
When your most vivid childhood memory is sifting through your parents’ rare gemstone collection, it could be hard to find satisfaction in a less glittering career. Such was the case for Bay Area sisters Pratima and Prerna Sethi, who, after years in fashion and architecture, teamed up to carry on their family legacy—their parents were purveyors of gemstones from India—albeit in their own way. Their jewelry line, Sethi Couture, has become best known for its modern, stone-studded stacks (pictured, $6,900). The latest designs are best tried on in person at their one-year-old jewel box of a boutique in Los Altos. 290 Main St., Los Altos 

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Ladies Who Know Leather
Sometimes long-distance relationships are a good thing. The three women behind Arno Cooperative are spread between the Bay Area and Tuscany, and their love child is a line of exquisite leather essentials: three boot styles and one timeless moto jacket, all produced in Italy. The brand launched in December with a holiday pop-up at Acrimony in Hayes Valley, where its studded Sera boot ($265) became the It shoe of the season.

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Pillow Talk
Off the coast of southern Chile is the island of Chiloé, where a centuries-old weaving culture still thrives. Sonoma designer and Chile native Catalina Marin has partnered with craftswomen there to produce Treko, a collection of pillows, blankets, and rugs ($450–$750) woven from the wool of Chilota sheep and dyed using leaves, bark, roots, branches, and mineral elements. Playful pom-poms and a variety of weaving techniques result in richly textured pieces that promise to bring a taste of that island life to local living rooms. Chateau Sonoma, 23588 Arnold Dr., Sonoma 

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Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco

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