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What to Wear This Month: The Holiday Edition

Cashmere cover-ups, butter-soft slides, and floor-skimming skirts of all sizes—leave it to local brands to glam up our wardrobes’ most practical pieces.

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Senreve

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Bells & Becks

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Taylor Jay

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Athleta x San Francisco Ballet

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The Bag Means Business
It makes sense that the it handbag for busy, laptop-toting professional women was conceived by one. Coral Chung founded Senreve in late 2016 following whirlwind stints in business consulting (Bain), tech (Medallia), and fashion (Prada), and today her company’s hardworking, feminine designs can be seen both on the red carpet and in corporate boardrooms. The latest collection includes a belt bag ($345), a bracelet pouch ($125), and a cross-body tote ($495). 251 Post St., Ste. 412

Twinkle Toes
Smartphones, farm-to-table fare, and comfortable shoes: The Bay Area pioneered them all. The next innovation, at least on the footwear front, is kicks with a bit more flair than your standard wool sneakers possess. For that, there’s Bells & Becks, a new local shoe company that’s turning out tasseled leather mules ($345) and ultrasoft studded booties ($365). Launched by former Gap executive Tamar Miller, the brand offers ladylike, low-heeled styles that successfully marry two important virtues: wearability and wow factor.

Sizing Up
Oakland designer Taylor Jay has developed a cult following for her flowing, flattering wrap dresses, her off-the-shoulder tops, and her jumpers in heavenly, heathered fabrics. Now, in line with her inclusive ethos (all items are priced well below $200), Jay, who produces all her pieces in the East Bay, has released her first plus-size collection (1x to 3x), made possible through a crowdfunding campaign via the female-led platform iFundWomen. 3304 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-467-0432

Style en Pointe
Who hasn’t dreamed of dressing like a dancer? Clearly, the folks at Athleta have—they’ve teamed up with the San Francisco Ballet to create a capsule collection of barre-worthy pieces, from leg warmers ($48) to form-flattering leotards ($79) and cashmere shrugs ($168). Designers from the San Francisco–based brand spent time with the company’s dancers in the studio, studying how the world-class athlete-artists style and layer pieces. 255 Sutter St., 415-343-1640

 

Originally published in the November issue of San Francisco

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