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San Francisco is a town that values local craftsmanship. Just take a look through SFMade's list of manufacturers to see a diverse and dynamic group of brands that thrive in this city. And in a recent roundup from the Chronicle, it's exciting to see the close proximity between the designer and the customer that local manufacturing enables.
April in Paris offers leather accessories and its Hermès-trained owner/designer is readily available at her storefront to talk custom orders. And Marine Layer's design studio is combined with the brand's third retail location for transparency into the entire design process. Other brands like Taylor Stitch, Betabrand, and Chrome Industries, as well as Timbuk2 (not listed in the Chron piece), also follow similar workshop/factory models. To see the complete roundup and more on the brands, click here.
· S.F.'s studio workshops: Where makers get down to business [San Francisco Chronicle]
· What the Marine Layer Team Wears to Work [Racked SF]
· Taylor Stitch Is Coming to the Marina [Racked SF]