544 Hayes Street 415-522-4670 http://www.nidaboutique.com
Boasting European cult favorites like Isabel Marant, Carven and splurge-worthy icons like Balmain, Nida is a tightly edited boutique that captures the irreverent essence of Parisian chic. The boutique focuses on French designers and offers clothing for both men and women. The service is top-notch and styling by Nida herself is always a plus for any client. Located in Hayes Valley, pick up some macarons from Chantal across the way and spent an afternoon dreaming of Paris here.
3571 Sacramento Street 415-441-1750 http://www.philanthropistboutique.com
Haute Living cannot stress the importance of giving back to the community so imagine our joy when we found a place where we can mix our two favorite pastimes: doing charity and shopping. 100% of the proceeds from Philanthropist go to a local charity which is seasonally selected (currently it's the Humane Society of SF). They carry must-have contemporary brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rag & Bone as well as international names like Stella McCartney and Jason Wu. You feel something special when you know the fabulous frock you're wearing is helping someone else.
3685 Sacramento St 415-922-3685
Tucked away in lush Laurel Heights, Susan has been an iconic boutique in San Francisco, one of the first to carry Lanvin. To this day, she still has one of the best selections for Lanvin as well as Balenciaga, Undercover and Comme des Garcons. The mix of European and Japanese designers is Susan's speciality. Spacious and sun-drenched, one could easily spent an entire day here trying on all the perfectly draped and tailored pieces. And with Spruce just across the street, it's an ideal way to spend a day.
2360 Fillmore St 415-885-4200 http://www.shopcurve.com
With outposts in NYC, LA and Miami, Curve is the labor of love by Nevena Borissova, a buyer known throughout the fashion world as being ahead of the curve. She curates each boutique to carry lines that reflect on each city's distinctive fashion personality. Here in SF, there's Alexander McQueen, Burburry Prorsum and Antonio Berardi. The store itself is luxuriously spacious and there's always a fashionable-it-girl inside ready to style any client like a friend.
843 Montgomery St 415-834-9040 http://www.sfcarrots.com
Carrots is the dream closet for your cool older sisters. Well, if your sisters were Melissa & Catie Grimm. They have the best eye for edgy, structurally interesting pieces. Innovative draping and key pieces of layering are they forte. Carrots carries brands like Rick Owens, Superfine (Kate Moss' favorite jean brand), Margiela, and VPL as well as promotes unique collaborations with SF grown talent like a'Bout by Dean Hutchinson.