Support your local artisans this holiday season by shopping at neighborhood stores that feature fine arts as well as other creative endeavors like clothing and home décor. For the next few weeks Untapped SF will feature a local vendor; each of these places is a work of art in its own right. You can be sure to find things to make your nest beautiful (and make your friends’ nests beautiful) with unique one-of-a-kind gifts, and be proud that you are supporting your neighborhood community of artists. By doing this, you are giving many gifts, even with a single purchase.

Located in the Mission,  Secession Art & Design  is one of those places where you can find something for everyone, from fine art to San Francisco–inspired infant gear to men’s clothing. The curator, Eden Stein, has really put her heart and soul into this unique boutique since its founding four years ago. When you look around, you immediately notice the careful consideration given to the choice of each item on display, and to the layout and design of the place. Walk into the space and you are greeted with gallery-style displays that evolve as you move further into the store-to its midpoint, where artwork is interspersed with clothing, accessories and other accents. It feels as if you have walked right into an open treasure chest. Open artist work stations allow visitors to watch resident artists create pieces that will eventually end up on the walls and displays of Secession! In addition to Stein’s own brand (Twelve Designs) there are three in-house designers: Colleen Mauer (jewelry), Heather Robinson (mixed media) & New Skool Designs. These artists have been a part of this community since the boutique’s founding in 2007. By watching the development of their art pieces, one experiences a sense of live creative synergy, which is rarely found in any boutique.

Secession Art & Design
3361 Mission St.
San Francisco
Holiday Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 12–7 pm

Fashion and art in the window

Darling chairs and pillows accent Heather Robinson’s artwork

Special “Open Studios” featured artists Heather Robinson & Rachel Znerold

Vintage media representations by ‘Bug House’

Workspace for resident artist Heather Robinson

Art in action

A whole section in the back of the store is dedicated to men’s clothing.

Curator/ Owner Eden Stein in customer service action

Muni Fast Pass memorial onesie packed up for the next holiday trunk show by In-House Designer ‘New Skool’

Mens’ jackets and vests

Treasures all around the store

In-house jewelry designed by Colleen Mauer

San Francisco–based artwork by Hilary Williams