We are dubbing Jackson or rather, Jackson Square as the next up and coming shopping precinct in San Francisco. To date, the neighbourhood has been domineered by advertising agencies, architects and designers, and law firms. Just a stone’s throw away from the Financial District, the historic brick buildings are attracting more indie and international boutiques, bringing a new vibe to the narrow streets and alleys within Broadway, Washington, Columbus and Battery.
Shopping in Jackson Square may not (just yet) be as populous as counterparts like Pacific Heights or The Mission but what we can promise is an elite range of fashion boutiques, art galleries, and bespoke and artisanal goods. Power your way into this atmospheric district through our eyes and then head up the hill to North Beach for a more established local experience.
Contemporary Japanese art
If you love to visit an art gallery or two during your shopping trip, then Gallery Japonesque is the cream of the crop. Having set up shop 35 years ago, curator Koichi Hara knows a thing or two about Japanese art spanning ancient to contemporary. You will find everything from granite sculptures, woodcarvings, and carved canvases. Emitting a definitive Japanese minimalist look, this two-storey space will transport you to Japan with its beautifully curated art and authentic host.
For the stylish adventure-seeker
The men’s fashion boutique is an emporium for the adventurous and thrill-seekers. Apart from the usual menswear staples, you will find a collection of bike helmets, skateboards, surfboards and tools for the outdoors – very apt for sporty men who also give importance to style. Whether you’re looking for anything in particular or just scanning through, you’re guaranteed to come out of the store cooler than before.
Diverse mix of indie designers
Sick of the usual women’s fashion styles from your trip? Seeking something new? Then you’ll love Legion. The curator of this boutique has a well-honed eye for women’s fashion pieces you won’t see anywhere else. Also boasts a range of jewellery, bath products and stationery. A list of brands include Seek Collective, Priory, Wrk-shp and Ali Golden.
Handcrafted products hailing from Detroit
The popular Detroit-based label has hit San Franciscan shores with a modern rustic inspired 3200-square-foot space. Shinola prides in producing high-quality and handcrafted products by excellent American manufactures. The result is a collection of upscale watches, bicycles, and leather goods for him and her, as well as pet toys and collars, and curated gift items. Quite an eclectic mix.
For the discerning gentleman
If you’re a discerning gentleman in the making, take note. From clothing to a liquor store, barbershop to bespoke pieces, a trip to Wingtip is guaranteed to redefine your shopping experience. Located at the heart of the financial district in the iconic former Bank of Italy building, Wingtip is first and foremost a retail store. Carrying men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, wine, cigars and home goods, you will be spoilt for choice. The social club also offers food service all day with a bar, private parlours, games and boardrooms. The perfect place to chill with your wingmen.