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Lingerie and Other Treats

Across the street from Box Dog Bikes on 14th at Guerrero is the lovely boutique and gallery Porcelynne, where shoppers can find sweet lingerie along with unique clothing and jewelry, all handmade. This boutique showcases local designers, and many of the items here are one of a kind and unique to anything you will find in other boutiques.

Store proprietor and designer Jennifer Lynne opened shop February of this year, shortly before Valentine’s Day. Though she has expanded her line substantially in the last year or so, fans of her original lingerie line will find plenty to like here. Getting a foothold with her dainty but alluring panties at R.A.G. in Hayes Valley, Lynne has branched out from her popular boyshorts. Her line now includes tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories in interesting and luxurious textiles.

Remnants of her summer line include corduroy gauchos in fun pinks and aqua hues, as well as Bermuda shorts and other pant styles in linens and other refreshing fabrics you aren’t likely to find in your run-of-the-mill chain stores. The tops are quite dreamy; there’s a black tunic-length shirt with an asymmetrical fluttery hem executed in lace and mesh for $56 and its sister -- the same cut combining an interesting sweater pattern on the body with black mesh details for the same price. There are also some really feminine, one-of-a-kind halters, strappy tops and tanks that bear Lynne’s trademark use of interesting fabrics with innovative stitching.

For a taste of her fall collection, check out her decidedly feminine circle skirt adorned with black lace at the hem ($84) or the sassy green corduroy skirt with slate sequin panels and mesh accents ($84). There’s also the brown sweater wrap dress with hoodie ($82) that glints with gold threads and black wool raglan sweaters with exposed pink stitching ($62) and interspersions of textures. Lynne has been mixing up knits and wovens with exciting results. She’ll even alter her design to improve its fit on you if needed.

Currently she’s most excited about the new and improved cut she’s devised for her boyshort panties. These flirty drawers will provide full coverage but are lower in the front and slightly more minimal on the sides. Several incarnations are available including a pretty purple version with beaded lace trim ($34), a cranberry version with symmetrical lace details on the hips ($32) and a black and white version – black on the front with white trim and white ruffles all down the backside ($32). Another enticement for this new line of panties is that they come in a full range of sizes, not just the standard S-M-L but 0-12, so you can be sure you’re getting the best fit.

To make room for the new panties, the predecessors are now on sale: models originally retailing for $22-46 are now $10-15. Get them while they’re still available! Matching camisoles are going from $10-15 as well.

In terms of clothing by other designers, Porcelynne carries designs by Amy M. Cools and Maria Marfar. Cools’ line features bags and accessories that integrate vintage with classic. Her empress waist scoop neck dress ($125) and baguette bag with floral appliqué ($56) were some of the most adorable. Marfar Designs, on the other hand, is an organic clothing line; her shirts are crafted out of 55 percent hemp and 45 percent cotton here in San Francisco and are available in unadorned solids or screen printed.

The jewelry department is also quite exciting. Whimsical, cheeky, ladylike and sexy are all here. Cast of Characters jewelry have been selling like hotcakes. I couldn’t resist a blingy gold eagle staggeringly paired with silver and gold gangster chains joined by hearts ($52) but her tassel earrings and necklace were very tempting also. John Brana’s hammered silver earrings are beautiful and finely crafted. 19 Moons’ Lite Brite earrings ($22) are a poignant throwback to the carefree childhood days. This is just a sampling of what Porcelynne has to offer.

When she isn’t concocting new confections in her shop, Lynne finds plenty of ways to keep busy -- from running her Fashion Networking Group to giving private sewing lessons, to designing pieces for wholesale and teaching classes at the Academy of Art as well as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). In its sixth month, the Fashion Networking Group presents an opportunity for local designers and other fashion industry associates to come together and hash out ideas, discuss obstacles and do some good old-fashioned networking. Each gathering ends up being about 10-15 people, and you can get the invite by adding yourself to the mailing list on the Porcelynne website. Some panties she has designed will be debuting at the International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas next month.

Lynne also curates art exhibits in her boutique. This Saturday, make sure to stop by the shop from 6 - 9pm and admire the art of Sandra Hart. Hart’s illustrations were all done with a soldering iron on fax paper and framed on manila backing as well as cardboard, the effect of which is pretty stunning. Prices for these framed works ranges from $80-210. Expect to see new art and openings every month and a half or so at Porcelynne.