STREET SEEN [Caitlin Donohue: Although I originally contacted former Stanford University football offensive guard and current Apple employee Ish "Mr. Marina 2013" Simpson for help in writing a style guide to the Marina, he wrote me back a rundown so evocative that I hated to paraphrase his words. And so this week, I've given my style column over to him. Check out sfbg.com for my recap of the glorious March night he was crowned king of SF's preppiest neighborhood, and don't forget, you can add flair with a belt.]
I buy a lot of clothes, but not many in person. I love to buy, hate to shop, so I buy mainly online. There are some stores and brands I've shopped at in the Marina, but since you asked me to explore I was able to find a lot of cool stores that I didn't know existed. There are more men's stores in the Marina than I realized.
My fellow Marina gentlemen don't usually take too many risks when it comes to fashion. The guys I see downtown or in the Castro are usually very fashion-forward. But some of the best-looking guys in the Marina I've seen do rock bespoke suits and shirts. Classy. Men's fashion here steers toward preppy or sailor styles. The women take way more risks, and Marina women are definitely some of the most fashionable in the city.
"If someone says, 'Hey, I like your shirt,' you have to say, 'Yeah, it's G-Star Raw!' Whatever." All store photos by Anna Latino
This place intrigued me because I saw one in Barcelona when I was there in December 2011. I talked to the guy working here and he said the brand is Dutch and it's way bigger in Europe. Makes sense: the name is just terrible, and they only sell G-Star Raw clothes. That means if someone says, "Hey, I like your shirt," you have to say, "Yeah, it's G-Star Raw!" Whatever. They had a nice selection of belts, which I love. Belts are a great way for conservative dressers to express some flair. I loved the colorful chinos (a staple in my wardrobe). I also loved this one cardigan they had.
2060 Chestnut, SF. (415) 567-7224; 76 Geary, SF. (415) 398-5381, www.theswimminghorses.com
"Cool threads that you'd wear out to bars on a Thursday night."
This place on Chestnut has cool shirts and hoodies. Also, some nice scarves. The clothes are advertised as being extremely soft and they aren't lying! The fabrics are nice and I like the bold, yet muted colors. I've had some friends buy their stuff and it has a worn-in, vintage look. This is a good place to grab some cool threads that you'd wear out to bars on a Thursday night.
2209 Chestnut, SF. (415) 346-2400; 498 Hayes, SF. (415) 829-7519, www.marinelayer.com