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With all eyes on the recently supersized SFMOMA (and new galleries from art world powerhouses Larry Gagosian and John Berggruen right across the street), no one questions the fact that San Francisco's modern art scene is thriving. But in a city with a slight reputation for safe-playing style, where does the populace shop for statement-making, artsy, and adventurous fashion? The avant-garde set doesn't have to look as hard as you'd think. Thanks to smart boutiques like Anaise, Legion, and Le Point, it's never been easier to build an artsy, cool-girl wardrobe in the city by the bay. Whether you're seeking an ensemble for a gallery opening, trying to look cute for your museum selfie, or just curating your closet, consult our guide to the best spots for modern threads in San Francisco. (And for those of you who aren't heading to the Bay area any time soon, think of this as an amazing e-commerce portal to SF.)

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1. Le Point

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301 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 400-4275
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This Mission-based concept store stocks everything you ever wanted to add to your cool-girl uniform, including lovely picks from brands like Opening Ceremony, Tibi, and SF-favorite Ryan Roche.
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2. Legion

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678 Commercial St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 733-7900
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Sydney Pfaff's Chinatown shop is off the standard retail path, but well worth the detour. Head here to snap up simple, modern pieces by Ilana Kohn, Kareem, Hackwith, and more; be prepared to leave with other goodies like bright ceramics and small batch soaps.
Photo: Legion

3. Curve

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2360 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 885-4200
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Browsing Curve's selection of elusive statement pieces from established and emerging designers feels like shopping through your ideal closet, plus the shop girls make it their mission to find the right pieces for your look. All in all, it's a dream.

4. Blanc

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3615 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 872-6750
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Another pretty boutique on Sacramento, Blanc stocks hip options from European, Japanese, and local designers. It's a solid bet for finds from Nili Lotan (aka Gigi Hadid's go-to label).
Photo: Blanc

5. B.A.D. Space

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2360 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
Head to the new Dogpatch Gallery B.A.D. Space between now and August 15 to shop for clothing created by Norwegian artist Pia MYrvoLD, whose Hybrid Love collection includes insanely beautiful tile-technique textiles that beg to be worn to a fancy gallery party.
Photo: Bad Space

6. Betty Lin

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3625 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 345-8688
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With a roster of hot brands like Osman and Maiyet, you're bound to find a showstopper at Betty Lin. Now, for the hard part: painterly print or sculptural details?
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7. Dish Clothing

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541 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-5997
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Known for carrying a mix of local designers (like J'Amy Tarr and Melissa Fleiss) as well as bigger brands, Dish can easily set you up with an artsy ensemble.
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8. Anaise

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3686 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(408) 807-9379
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Stocked with ultra-cool labels like Carven, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, Vanessa Bruno, No.6, and more, this new-ish Mission boutique will help you boost your sartorial street cred in a supremely pleasant, airy space.
Photo: Daniel Dent

9. Freda Salvador

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2416 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 872-9690
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Modern, edgy, comfortable shoes; what more can you ask for from footwear? Fredas are known for being walkable straight out of the box, so you can be the girl who gets tons of compliments on her new shoes, and finishes the day blister-free.

10. MAC Modern Appealing Clothing

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1003 Minnesota St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 285-2805
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MAC is a treasure trove filled with pieces from edgy Belgian and Japanese designers like Ann Demeulemeester and Rei Kawakubo. If the Dogpatch is out of your way, visit the original location at 387 Grove.
Photo: Dogpatchwork

11. Maison Margiela

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134 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 917-2101
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The French label's two-story Union Square outpost stocks men's and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories. Stop by to pick up something interesting, or even just to ogle the mysterious interiors.
Photo: Robyn Hagan Cain

12. Marni

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77 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
Another solid option on Maiden Lane, shop here for streamlined pieces in gorgeous prints that would look right at home on a gallery wall. (Don't forget a pair of the brand's iconic cantilevered heels, which bump the avant garde factor of any outfit up a notch.)

13. Rand + Statler

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425 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 634-0881
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A perennial favorite, Rand + Statler is one of those rare stores that can keep both men and women happily shopping for Alexander Wang, Karen Walker, Comme des Garcons, ALC, and more.

14. Susan of San Francisco

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3685 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 922-3685
For clothes that blur the line between fashion and art, look no further than Susan. It's full of pieces from up-and-coming designers that everyone will be talking about 2 years from now. (Case-in-point: Susan was championing Vetements long before Kim and Kanye.)

15. Ceiba Records

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1364 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 437-9598
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Ceiba combines fashion, music, jewelry, and art in a funky, gallery-like space. The store's futuristic, glam-grunge aesthetic is curated from 90 hard-to-find designers (it's the only SF shop that carries Skingraft) and features lots of leather.
Photo: Ceiba Records

16. MAAS & Stacks

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2128 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 678-5629
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SF's coolest men know that Maas & Stacks is the place to find modern brands like J.W. Anderson, Common Projects, and VISVIM. If you were a moody (and successful) artist, this is the only place you would shop.
Photo: Maas & Stacks

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1. Le Point

301 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Photo: Le Point
This Mission-based concept store stocks everything you ever wanted to add to your cool-girl uniform, including lovely picks from brands like Opening Ceremony, Tibi, and SF-favorite Ryan Roche.
301 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. Legion

678 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Photo: Legion
Sydney Pfaff's Chinatown shop is off the standard retail path, but well worth the detour. Head here to snap up simple, modern pieces by Ilana Kohn, Kareem, Hackwith, and more; be prepared to leave with other goodies like bright ceramics and small batch soaps.
678 Commercial St
San Francisco, CA 94111

3. Curve

2360 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Browsing Curve's selection of elusive statement pieces from established and emerging designers feels like shopping through your ideal closet, plus the shop girls make it their mission to find the right pieces for your look. All in all, it's a dream.
2360 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. Blanc

3615 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Photo: Blanc
Another pretty boutique on Sacramento, Blanc stocks hip options from European, Japanese, and local designers. It's a solid bet for finds from Nili Lotan (aka Gigi Hadid's go-to label).
3615 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

5. B.A.D. Space

2360 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Photo: Bad Space
Head to the new Dogpatch Gallery B.A.D. Space between now and August 15 to shop for clothing created by Norwegian artist Pia MYrvoLD, whose Hybrid Love collection includes insanely beautiful tile-technique textiles that beg to be worn to a fancy gallery party.
2360 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

6. Betty Lin

3625 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Photo: Betty Lin
With a roster of hot brands like Osman and Maiyet, you're bound to find a showstopper at Betty Lin. Now, for the hard part: painterly print or sculptural details?
3625 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

7. Dish Clothing

541 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Photo: Dish
Known for carrying a mix of local designers (like J'Amy Tarr and Melissa Fleiss) as well as bigger brands, Dish can easily set you up with an artsy ensemble.
541 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. Anaise

3686 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Photo: Daniel Dent
Stocked with ultra-cool labels like Carven, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, Vanessa Bruno, No.6, and more, this new-ish Mission boutique will help you boost your sartorial street cred in a supremely pleasant, airy space.
3686 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Freda Salvador

2416 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Modern, edgy, comfortable shoes; what more can you ask for from footwear? Fredas are known for being walkable straight out of the box, so you can be the girl who gets tons of compliments on her new shoes, and finishes the day blister-free.
2416 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

10. MAC Modern Appealing Clothing

1003 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Photo: Dogpatchwork
MAC is a treasure trove filled with pieces from edgy Belgian and Japanese designers like Ann Demeulemeester and Rei Kawakubo. If the Dogpatch is out of your way, visit the original location at 387 Grove.
1003 Minnesota St
San Francisco, CA 94107

11. Maison Margiela

134 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108
Photo: Robyn Hagan Cain
The French label's two-story Union Square outpost stocks men's and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories. Stop by to pick up something interesting, or even just to ogle the mysterious interiors.
134 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

12. Marni

77 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108
Another solid option on Maiden Lane, shop here for streamlined pieces in gorgeous prints that would look right at home on a gallery wall. (Don't forget a pair of the brand's iconic cantilevered heels, which bump the avant garde factor of any outfit up a notch.)
77 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

13. Rand + Statler

425 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
A perennial favorite, Rand + Statler is one of those rare stores that can keep both men and women happily shopping for Alexander Wang, Karen Walker, Comme des Garcons, ALC, and more.
425 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

14. Susan of San Francisco

3685 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118
For clothes that blur the line between fashion and art, look no further than Susan. It's full of pieces from up-and-coming designers that everyone will be talking about 2 years from now. (Case-in-point: Susan was championing Vetements long before Kim and Kanye.)
3685 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

15. Ceiba Records

1364 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Photo: Ceiba Records
Ceiba combines fashion, music, jewelry, and art in a funky, gallery-like space. The store's futuristic, glam-grunge aesthetic is curated from 90 hard-to-find designers (it's the only SF shop that carries Skingraft) and features lots of leather.
1364 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

16. MAAS & Stacks

2128 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Photo: Maas & Stacks
SF's coolest men know that Maas & Stacks is the place to find modern brands like J.W. Anderson, Common Projects, and VISVIM. If you were a moody (and successful) artist, this is the only place you would shop.
2128 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114