San Francisco's iconic clothier is designed to feel like an opulent seven-story townhouse rather than a sterile department store, decked with limestone and marble detailing, reclaimed eucalyptus wood from the Presidio and a wrought-iron staircase. Founded in 1966 by man-about-town Wilkes Bashford, the store was one of the first U.S. retailers to sell European designers. Today, Wilkes Bashford carries dozens of high-end fashion labels, including Andrew Gn, Ermenegildo Zegna, Jean Paul Gaultier, Oscar de la Renta, and Loro Piana. Each floor has a different theme—suiting in the library; women's shoes on the terrace—and each is linked to the others by a curving staircase lined with vintage photos (mostly of Bashford glad-handing various celebrities), news clippings and old advertisements. But weary shoppers should skip the stairs and take the elevator straight up to the penthouse, where the made-to-measure lounge, which is set alongside the Brioni and Kiton boutiques, features a fireplace, leather club chairs, and a stocked bar.
|Venue name:||Wilkes Bashford||Contact:|
375 Sutter St
|Cross street:||between Grant Ave and Stockton St|
|Transport:||Bus 2, 3, 8AX, 8BX, 8X, 30, 45, 76X, 91/cable car Powell-Hyde, cable car Powell-Mason|