If you are already a Unionmade devotee, there’s now even more of the store to love. This month, Unionmade expanded into a space on the corner of Sanchez and 18th Streets in the Castro District, conveniently located next door to the flagship store.
The new space carries on the original store’s style, a blend of very chic outdoors flavor circa 1940s/1950s mixed with modern San Francisco—think luxurious leathers, fine Italian fabrics and warm wools.
The expanded space, connected to the old space via a doorway, carries coats, pants and shoes like the original store, but it is roomier and holds more home related (or away from home) accessories such as “KML” candles from Baxter of California, scented with cedar and sandalwood to evoke the smells of a crackling campfire ($30), and the Tivoli Audio Songbook ($200). There are even reversible coats for Fido from Filson ($50).
To help you inspire creativity in your own life, there is a limited selection of design and style magazines such as Anthology ($12), Apartamento ($20), and Free & Easy ($25). The theme carries over into the book section with Detroit Disassembled, a photo book full of haunting photographs of crumbling buildings in what was once the mighty Motor City ($50), a gentleman’s guidebook titled How to be a Man ($28), and recipe book for Tartine Bread ($40).
For the do-it-yourself Seville Row types who want to custom tailor their duds, there is a collection of Merchant & Mills tools such as tailor’s shears ($74), button hole scissors ($49) and a box of sewing goodies ($72) that are ripe for the picking.
This is also where the coveted line of Aesop line of skincare products is stocked. All these potions and lotions are made from plant based materials, including the resurrection aromatique hand balm ($95), a geranium leaf body cleanser ($45) and a spray deodorant with a vetiver grass scent ($35).
Here you can find clothing from Beams Plus; Unionmade is currently the only United States retailer where you’ll find the Japanese brand. This is also where you can slip into some Alden shoes, and a number of styles from this brand are custom made only for Unionmade. Most retail for between $400-$500.
There’s also high end menswear, such as outerwear from Barbour, including the familiar quilted Moreston jacket in charcoal ($180), an Oliver Spencer navy and oatmeal striped scarf ($85), a Hamilton double-sided plaid shirt in navy and light blue check ($245) and Unis chinos in a rainbow of fall colors like leaf, khaki and ox blood ($198). There is also a small selection from British designer Nigel Cabourn, such as a 1940s DB Peak jacket in Army green ($1025) and a reversible shirt in navy ($475). To complete the look, there are dark plaid Italian wool ties in olive ($175), and an exclusive collection of ts(s) ties, like one in tartan plaid linen ties ($134).
For functional accessories, look to Unionmade’s supply of leather goods from Billy Kirk, including card cases ($85) and wallets ($95) in brown and black, as well as a golden brown tote ($285).
Though impressed with the inventory, I was also wowed by excellent customer service and the positive feedback from the customers. If I had told the owners I was visiting the store, I might have thought that someone planted the patrons there for this review. I’ve never heard shoppers gush so much about a store. Unionmade’s enthusiastic clientele is clearly cultivated through the store’s commitment to outstanding customer care, unique selection of inventory, and the attention to detail shown in the display of the merchandise. I can think of a few stores that could take a lesson from Unionmade.