Oakland is having a moment. I would call it Williamsburg-esque. And Temescal Alley is the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to shopping the place. I went to the Alley off the map (literally–it does not come up on GPS).
Here is what the fashion lover will find: jewelry (Marisa Haskell, Esqueleto), oddities (Esqueleto–run, don’t walk for the art and ethnic objects, as well as the soundtrack. It was a Hinti radio show when I was there), men’s heritage moments (Standard & Strange, and the Temescal Alley Barber Shop for a shave), and vintage (Mind’s Eye Vintage). This last category had the most draw for me as I immediately locked eyes on a chevron mink that was totally Marc Jacobs Fall 2005. See some of the other treasures below.
To refuel, Pizzaiolo, just behind the Alley, is a must. The pizza, wine, and home-brewed tonic water are all transcendent. Including the enormous David Wilson works all over the wall.
The Marc Jacobs-esque mink in action.
Now those are some boots!
These are so Lou Lou de la Falaise
Photos: Courtesy of Lauren Goodman