A true bastion of trad style, Cable Car Clothiers has always held a special place in the heart of San Francisco. Established in the late 1930s, the retailer seems to ride the various waves of boom and bust that San Francisco is known for, while expanding and relocating the business to meet the continually changing needs of the marketplace. I hope that its newest location in the heart of the bustling Financial District will serve it well for years to come.
On assignment for Ivy Style, I stopped by the newest incarnation of the shop last week to cover a party held for Laura Smith Borrman, author of the new book “Discovering Vintage San Francisco.” Smith Borrman has gathered a charming collection of shops, restaurants, bars and classic establishments, all of which bring the past to life in a clearly modern San Francisco. Being a Bay Area native, she’s also brought many personal stories that help bring the book to life.
Because of my schedule, I was one of the first to arrive at the event. This had a two-fold advantage. Firstly, I had several moments to chat with Ms. Smith Borrman and share in her excitement about the book. But even better, I had a chance to poke around the shop before the crowds set in and snap a few pictures for Ivy Style’s readership. So here’s your sartorial dispatch from the city by the bay. — SCOT MEACHAM WOOD