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Tucked away from busy Haight street is Callou Designs, a small store that showcases Maria de Fatima Callou's latest clothing designs. The Brazilian native's collection of pants, jackets, and tops incorporates a riot of color, patchwork, and deconstruction while staying feminine and practical. Callou says she likes to include a Brazilian touch in her creations, sometimes she simply adds her country's flag; other times she makes the item a little more open and sexy as it would be worn in Brazil. She's inspired by things she sees here and in other countries. She travels as often as she can and is planning a trip to Bali soon. Expect to see an Asian/island influence in upcoming designs.
Most items are sold for around $50 and Callou is always happy to custom-tailor clothes and costumes, making her shop a must-stop when planning for Halloween or Burning Man. She also alters items purchased elsewhere. -- Helene Goupil