21 Local Accessories Brands You Can Shop Online
Shopping with local makers is awesome, but you know what else is amazing? Shopping from your sofa. In your pajamas. And the two needn't be mutually exclusive.
While many small businesses direct the bulk of their effort to brick-and-mortar sales, there are still plenty who are happy to sell their wares online and ship them to you. Below, I've assembled 21 standouts in bags, jewelry, eyewear, and shoes to kickstart your online shopping spree. To avoid the guessing games about which brands are the favorites, each of the categories is organized alphabetically. There's more (like clothing and beauty) where that came from, so check back for additional online shopping guides.
The brand may be known for its namesake ripstop nylon shopping bags—which hold 2-3 times as much as a traditional grocery bag—but Baggu sells a variety of canvas, leather, and nylon bags that are both cute and functional. You could hit up one of the two Bay Area stores (in Oakland and the Mission), or you could just order online.
In case you haven't heard about this Sausalito-based brand, Filbert launched in March with a collection of 100 percent cruelty-free bags at prices ranging from $55 to $475. Founder Bridget Brown obsessed over every detail to make sure that each design was ethically-produced. The canvas is sourced from Italy. The cotton lining is grown in Texas and woven in South Carolina. The vegan leather is made in Massachusetts, and the hardware on the bags is solid brass from Connecticut. This bag is straight-up legit—the faux saffiano and suede textiles are some of the best I've come across—and it's only available online at ShopFilbert.com.
Future Glory is part of San Francisco's growing design movement, and it's kind of a big deal. The brand's most famous bag, the Rockwell, has been featured by tons of glossies like Vogue, Glamour, Elle, InStyle, and Marie Claire. This year, San Francisco magazine even named founder Theresa Lee as one of the designers to watch in the city. Certain Future Glory items, like the totes that first put the company on the map, are available at Heath Ceramics, but you can only find the Rockwell and it's ring-handled friends on FutureGlory.co.
Niamh Lyonhart runs her company out of her East Oakland warehouse studio, where she also makes all of her bags by hand. Her materials are sourced locally and domestically, when possible. Bonus: all of her bags still ring in under $250.
Rickshaw makes functional, durable bags for commuters. When you think of the brand, your mind may automatically go to backpacks and couriers, but Rickshaw also manufactures printed tote bags that make great gifts. The company's Dogpatch is currently closed for renovations, but that's no biggie when you can shop the entire collection online.
Who isn't looking for a bag with a lifetime warranty? SF-based Timbuk2 will hook you up for the long haul with everything from bike messenger satchels and saddle bags to its brilliantly-named Mutt Mover dog carrier. In San Francisco, you can shop at the Hayes Valley store or the Mission factory store. Online, you can shop whenever, wherever at Timbuk2.com.
Jewelry & Accessories
The Bay Area is fostering some serious jewelry talent right now. The 2Bandits owns the festival circuit, Emily P Wheeler is a fixture in Vogue, and practically every celebrity wears Westward Leaning sunnies. New York and Los Angeles may be home to more household names, but San Francisco is brimming with design up and comers.
Confession: Even if Tamar Wider decided to take The 2Bandits into the real world, I would still shop the website for all of the gorgeous 70s-chic lookbooks. While you can find the brand at local boutiques like Ambiance and Mira Mira, there's no beating the company's online layering inspo.
From its original, itty-bitty Church Street studio to its current grand digs on 16th Street, Fiat Lux has been a creative jewelry destination for years. Luckily, folks outside the Bay Area can easily shop Fiat Lux's quirky-cool styles on fiatluxsf.com.
Much like Kendra Scott, Margaret Elizabeth hits the sweet spot between design and affordability. Many of designer Meg Shackleton's pieces are under $200, including her colorful stone bangles—which are perfect for gifting. You don't have to trek to the Margaret Elizabeth shop on Chestnut for a jewelry fix: the entire collection is online.
Launched in Berkeley by its NorCal native namesake, Melissa Joy Manning combines modern style with recycled materials and responsibly-sourced stones that are transformed into organically urbane pieces. The line’s silver styles can retail as low as $25, while engagement rings top out around $8500. In between, there’s an assortment of ethical, sustainable stone bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, and gifts.
Meghan Kanodia created Svelte Metals to give women a choice in jewelry beyond the one-size-fits-all model that most stores offer. The standard ring size in the US is a 6, but Svelte Metals offers sizes as small as 4. Shoppers with small wrists will appreciate Kanodia's adjustable cuffs, which are malleable to allow the wearer to adjust the size.
San Francisco-based Westward Leaning has been a celebrity favorite for years—there are hundreds of photos on the brand's website of everyone from J.Law to J. Franco to Madonna wearing the company's sunnies. The glasses are handmade, they're beautiful, and—at $225 to $275—they're about $300 cheaper than the ubiquitous Dior So Real and Split frames that every blogger wears. WL has retail partners, but why buy from a third party when you can get your shades from the source?
San Francisco-based fine jewelry designer Emily Wheeler specializes in architectural interpretations of classic styles. Her collection is largely comprised of pave and baguette diamond earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets, including her signature cigar band rings. Wheeler's designs are available on a handful of websites like Moda Operandi and Ring Concierge, as well as on EmilyPWheeler.com.
I love shoe-shopping in actual stores as much as the next person, but sometimes you need to order online. You don't have to rely on Amazon or Zappos to get your Internet shoe fix: these Bay Area brands will set you up at the click of a button.
To know Allbirds is to love Allbirds because they might actually be better than walking on cotton candy clouds. They're machine-washable. They don't require socks. And they're only $95 brand new. Allbirds only sells directly, so you'll have to visit the brand's store (27-99 Hotaling Place) or website to score yours.
Rachel Arnow, the former creative designer at Anyi Lu, and Kristen Vandivier, the former CMO, have joined forces with Made PR founder Defne Crowe to create Arno Cooperative, a new footwear line that works with Italian craftsman to bring handmade leather boots to women at a fair price. The line launches online December 7.
Love Bryr clogs, but don’t have time to make it to the brand’s Dogpatch studio (2331 3rd Street) Relax! The brand just made a splash into ecommerce, so you can finally shop in-stock shoes online right now. If you’re feeling the custom thing, they still have your back, accepting orders online and in the shop.
Freda gives you multiple ways to shop. The brand is carried locally at the flagship store (2416 Fillmore Street), in boutiques like The Podolls (3985 24th Street) and Mill Mercantile (3751 24th Street), and in department stores like Bloomingdales and Saks. You can also find their shoes at Anthropologie. But, for the full range, buying on their website is quick and easy.
Unless you’re visiting this San Francisco sneaker company’s FiDi offices, you have limited opportunities to shop Plae IRL. Currently, Nordstrom carries the brand’s kiddo sneakers in stores and online, but you can shop the complete Plae range for both kids and adults at Plae.co. The Mulberry kicks, available in white and black, are insanely comfortable, and an easy-going local alternative to the ubiquitous Adidas Stan Smiths. Full disclosure: Plae gifted me a pair when they launched for adults. TMI: They’re so comfortable I’m actually embarrassed by how much I wear mine.
The most futuristic of the shoe options, Rothy's are 3D printed flats made from recycled plastic water bottles. They're flexible, washable, and adorable—the ultimate triple threat. Currently, Rothy's only makes women's shoes and only in three styles: a ballet flat, a pointed flat, and a loafer. And the only place to buy them? The Rothy's website!