From Our Editors
The shops known as indie industries began in New York City, where a group of graduates from the Fashion Institute of Technology teamed up to create a designer-owned and produced collective selling small runs of home décor, clothing, and jewelry. The shop reached unexpected success, hitting the pages of Time Out New York, filling orders for more than 50 stores nationwide, and receiving a coveted shout-out in Dick Cheney's fashion blog. Today, savvy staffers fill the San Francisco shops with fashion-forward, sometimes one-of-a-kind picture frames, jewelry, watches, and threads, such as hand-inked graphic tees as unique as a snowflake's fingerprints. Beyond hosting the occasional art shows and shopping parties, the community-minded spaces beautify the streets with rotating window displays arranged by local artists.