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).

Unknown-2Heritage moment.

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.

UnknownThe Marc Jacobs-esque mink in action.

UnknownNow those are some boots!

Unknown-3These are so Lou Lou de la Falaise

Photos: Courtesy of Lauren Goodman


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Lauren Goodman is a freelance fashion editor and consultant living in San Francisco. She has held the post of fashion director at titles such as Domino magazine and The Wall ...