My new favorite store in San Francisco is actually in Oakland (which Northern Californians are fond of calling the Brooklyn of the Bay Area), and is called Esqueleto. It’s part of Temescal Alleys, a cluster of shops (plus an ice cream place and the requisite hipster barber) gathered in a couple of small side streets. A number of the stores are quite cute and cool—and all are worth popping in to—but Esqueleto is the jewel in the crown. Their website offers a fraction of what they actually stock, so it’s hard to give you a true sense of how lovely this place is. If you are nearby, you must, must stop in.
It is owned by the jewelry designer Lauren Wolf, and her insanely beautiful pieces—like this splurgestastic diamond claw ring—take up the biggest and most prominent counter. One emerald ring was so pretty, and looked so perfect on my finger that it almost made me cry. So my date for the day, the wonderful but horribly enabling Emily Hsieh (of old school Lucky fame) might have talked me into buying it.
In addition to the boss lady’s line, they carry a quite robust and really, really well-edited assortment of pieces by other jewelry designers, too. Some names I was familiar with, but some were totally new: this gold braid ring Katrina LaPenne would be a glorious addition to just about any stack. (Here’s the less expensive silver version.)
This diamond friendship bracelet by Scosha is pretty nifty in a very undone-glamourous kind of a way.
Their selection of art and objects is almost as compelling as the jewelry. I of course loved this snake print and might have to make it mine at some point.
And I’m not at all certain what I’d do with something like this stoneware jug, but it sure is fantastic.