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Garment Spotlight: The Workshirt

Garment Spotlight: The Workshirt
What can we say about the Workshirt?
Or should we say workshirt meets dress/meets cardigan/meets beach coverup!? We absolutely love how versatile and seasonless this little number is. This rich cotton fabric is light enough for summer beach days, yet so sturdy that it only gets better with time. During warmer months you can style it as a simple layering piece over a cami and your favorite vintage Levis, or even bring it to the river and throw it over your teeny weeny polka dot bikini. During the colder seasons you can button this baby up and add tights for a cute little dress moment.
The silhouette is loose yet structured, offering a hint of utility. We love it’s deep pockets and the fact that you truly don’t have to wash it much - offering a lovely worn-in look with each wear. In fact, we love it so much that we have been recutting it for years, constantly experimenting with new colorways. If you haven’t tried out or Workshirt yet, this is a sign to roll up your sleeves and give it a whirl, we promise you won’t be disappointed.
 
 
 
Here is what people have to say about the Workshirt:
                                                                                                                                                                              
"This shirt is THE shirt I have been waiting for all my life and by far my most favorite Curator item. I haven't taken it off since I got in it the mail. The material is not what I expected-- it's better! It's flowy, comfortable, and sturdy. It looks great on everything and is seasonally versatile. I've been wearing it over turtlenecks and leggings or painter pants. Worth every penny."
"I have lost count of the number of Curator items I have and this is among my favorites. It's utilitarian, beautifully made, and a great shape. I have used it as a light jacket primarily and always gets compliments."
"This is my third workshirt, and I have zero regrets. They go with everything, the fabric is strong but soft, and the colorways are fantastic."
 
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Customer Spotlight: Shoko

Customer Spotlight: Shoko

Shoko (she/her) was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to the US with her husband and three babies in 2003 where she later had two more children. She currently resides in Indiana as a stay at home mother and occasionally does translation work. 

 

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Neighborhood Spotlight: The Mission

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Mission

A lot of our customers from out of town often reach out to us asking for recommendations when they visit San Francisco, so we thought it would be fun to compile a list of some of our favorites spots in some of our favorite neighborhoods so everyone can feel just like a local when they're in town! First up, the Mission.

Shopping:

Needles and Pens

Needles and Pens has been in the mission for 17 years and currently carries most of our line. A great place for our local regulars to shop and skip the shipping. It's also super helpful if you’re new to Curator and are curious how our sizing works. Additionally, they are known to carry some of the best art books, zines, jewelry and gifts in the city. Definitely worth checking out! Hard to leave there empty handed.

Scarlet Sage

Right next to Needles and Pens is our favorite holistic health care store, Scarlet Sage, offering herbs, essential oils, teas, crystals and other organic supplements and treasures you didn’t even know you needed. They are also female founded, woohoo!

Afterlife Boutique

Just a hop skip and a jump down Valencia you will come across our favorite neighborhood vintage oasis, Afterlife. Here you can find an array of rare vintage collectible items, unique accessories and eye-catching jewelry. It is pretty hard to leave this spot empty handed.

 

Dining:

Lolo

This vibrant restaurant in the heart of the mission combines rich traditions of Mexican heritage with modern aesthetics. Their tacos are out of this world and their food embodies the essence of Bay Area food culture through the use of fresh, local ingredients and awesome service.

Blue Plate

Going on 22 years now, Blue Plate has organically grown into an iconic staple of the Outer Mission. They specialize in American comfort food with the best local ingredients accompanied with a luscious back patio. Well known for their meatloaf, fried chicken, mac & cheese and key lime pie - their menu is so much more. Always start your meal with the Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs and a glass of sparkling Rosé.

La Palma

La Palma first opened it's doors in 1953 and has been serving the community the freshest ingredients ever since, including homemade masa, tortillas, tamales, salsa and so much more. They serve to-go dishes as well as unique hard to find items from their market at the best possible cost. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

Panchita’s Pupuseria & Restaurant

Panchita’s is a super casual, family-run restaurant serving the best Salvadoran food, with a focus on pupupusas. Since they opened in 1989, their mission has been to provide high-quality food for those who wish to enjoy the richness of the Mission district, and that they do!

Sun Flower

Sun Flower is our favorite neighborhood spot for amazing Vietnamese food at a great price. We love warming up with a hot bowl of pho on a gloomy SF day. 

La Traviata

Authentic Italian fare in the heart of the Mission for over 40 years. A hidden gem that many folks miss when walking by. Cozy, old school ambiance with white table cloths and photos of opera singers cover the walls. Fresh pastas and breads made in house. Pro-tip - always get the gnocchi with pink sauce to share for the table. 

Arinells Pizza

The closest thing we have to authentic east coast style ‘za in the Mission district. No frills, just pizza. Nom nom.

 

Drinks:

Latin American Club

The Latin American Club is an old-school Mission dive bar with piñatas hanging from the rafters and some of the stiffest drinks in town.

El Rio 

El Rio is an awesome LGBTQ+ space welcoming all good people, with an amazing back patio and some of the best parties in town.

Horsies Saloon

Horsies is an almost secret bar. Tucked into The Royal Cuckoo Market - a neighborhood market serving beer, wine & mixed drinks. 

Live Music:

The Knockout

The Knockout is a fun dive bar offering live music, iconic DJ sets and cheep booze.

Make Out Room

DJs, live bands & more in a dimly lit, retro setting complete with a disco ball above the dance floor. A truly iconic Mission staple, come ready to dance.

The Chapel

The Chapel is a cozy venue with a fun aesthetic resembling a...chapel. lol. They also have a yummy bar/restaurant next store where you can eat, drink and chill before the show starts, called the Vestry.

Family Fun:

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema:

This retro inspired movie house is our favorite place to catch a flick, offering both new & classic films, cocktails & yummy bites served seat-side.

Urban Putt:

Urban Putt is the City’s first indoor miniature golf course and it does not disappoint. They offer a fun and unique 14-hole mini course along with top-notch food a drinks. Perfect for a date night or family outing, kids under the age of 5 play for free.

Mission Dolores Park:

 Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular parks. Here you’ll find lush green lawns shaded by tall palm trees, tennis courts, a playground, and two off-leash dog play areas. Many festivals, performances, and other cultural events are held here, and on sunny afternoons people flock to the park to play, picnic, lounge, walk their dogs, and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s skyline and beyond. 

 

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Fabric Spotlight: Cotton Gauze

Fabric Spotlight: Cotton Gauze

If there is one thing we love, its natural fibers.

That's why when we discovered this cotton gauze fabric, we could not wait to get our hands on it and start designing new pieces for our collection. What came next? Two of our best-sellers: the Ayana Top and Breezy Caftan. The open weave makes it incredibly breathable and allows for ease and movement without any unwanted stretch. It effortlessly takes in rich vivid colors in our dye process which allows us to explore new hues with both intensity and subtlety. Another aspect that really sets this fabric apart is it’s texture. It offers a unique organic feel, yet is soft, versatile, lightweight and airy. 

 


Here is what people are saying about the Breezy Kaftan:
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"Every time I wear this dress I get compliments. It’s perfect and flattering for any body type.. just purchased another one in a different color.."

"I purchased this dress as a birthday gift for myself and I just love everything about it. It’s soft, versatile and the pockets are fantastic. I am a very busty woman so I struggle to find garments that fit properly. This one fits like a dream- thank you for making inclusive sizes! I will definitely purchase something else from you all."

"This dress ( I have it in all colors but one ) has become the workhorse of my wardrobe. The fabric is delicious with a nubby organic feel, it is breathable but cozy and lovely. I’m layering it with a chunky cardigan and ankle boots for the cooler months. The cut is so good. Curator you nailed it with this one."

"I love this dress. I wear it casually lounging around the house, and have also dressed it up with a belt and blazer for work. Highly recommend."

 

Here is what people are saying about the Ayana Top:
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 "The gauze cotton is so soft and dreamy, just the best texture, and the fit is perfect, especially for high-waisted styles. Best of all--the vivid Lapis color is punching up my layering game and my Zoom meetings this winter. Would love to get the Ayana top in other colors ASAP. If you are at all on the fence, get it!"

"I would wear this top every day if I could. It’s comfortable, versatile, and super high quality. One in every color, please!" 

"Love this top. I plan on getting it in other colors. It's the perfect material and perfect fit."

"I saw an ad on Instagram for curatorSF and immediately clicked on it, and saw this shirt and ordered it. Not only did it come in like 2 days but it was well packaged and fit like the description said it would. I got a large and it fits perfectly. I am definitely looking forward to ordering another color and more from curator. 10/10 quality piece 😊"

 

 


We also made these cute little guys out of the extra fabric to help avoid any waste :)


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Check back soon for more fabric spotlights on some of our favorite threads! 

 

 

 

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Customer Spotlight: Tamu

Customer Spotlight: Tamu

Tamu Mosley is an Oakland born mama of 3. A teacher, a homeschool advisor, a plant based kitchen alchemist, a budding flower essence practitioner, a wholistic wellness facilitator and the founder of Wholistic Shine (established in 2014) & Uchū Botanical @uchubotanical (established in 2018). She also enjoys knitting, yoga and basking, breathing deep in nature. 

 

   

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