Best of the Bay 2011: BEST FASHION SHRINE


Natural wooden tables, colorful blankets spread here and there, a goat's head staring placidly down on wonder-covered shelves — Hayes Valley's Reliquary could be a gaucho explorer's treasure room. And — minus the gaucho part — that's pretty much what boutique owner Leah Bershad has created it to be. Bershad stocks the year-old space with crafts and vintage finds from all around the country, plus Europe and — in the case of some elaborate bead-and-quilt satchels stacked near the counter — Afghanistan. The store's racks of secondhand embroidered dresses and its smattering of designer wear like high-waisted Court denim mean that, as far as fashion church goes, Reliquary lives up to its name: a container for sacred relics.

537 Octavia, SF. (415) 431-4000,