Top 5 San Francisco Lingerie Boutiques to Tempt Your Valentine

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s that time of year to treat your special someone to a little something for the big night. To help you locate that perfect gift she’ll go gaga over, we’ve rounded up the top five San Francisco lingerie boutiques. Whether her personality is naughty or nice, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something haute in the stores we’ve selected.

1 Agent Provocateur

British lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, co-founded by Joseph Corre, son of former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, has established itself as a front runner in women's intimates for a mix of seductively sexy stylings paired with sensual, surprising details. Walking into this high-end, two-story boutique is like stumbling into a sex kitten's den. Dark walls and carpets along with chandeliers set the tone for this alluring space where shoppers are offered champagne and water as they peruse the sultry offerings. Accessories include whips adorned with Swarovski crystals, paddles, masks, gloves and handcuffs. The upstairs, opened a year and a half ago, is where you'll find the brand's classics and swimwear--along with a couple's fitting room. Ooh la la! It's also the perfect space for VIP to shops in private. Champagne tastings are also available for private fittings or events. Photo credit: Agent Provocateur
54 Geary Street, San Francisco

2 Toujours

Since 1986, Toujours owner Beverly Weinkauf, who always has a smile on her face, has been providing Pacific Heights women with the latest in fine lingerie and European sleepwear. With bra sizes ranging A-G and brands from Hanky Panky to Cosa Bella, Toujours truly has something for everyone. The stand-alone boutique is quintessential San Francisco at a cozy less than 200 square feet but filled to the brim with endless, intimate possibilities and a highly-knowledgeable staff. This February 14, forego the chocolates and opt for a gift that both you and your significant other can enjoy. Photo credit: Lise Charmel
2484 Sacramento Street, San Francisco

3 Alla Prima

Tucked away in not one but two of the city's favorite shopping districts (Hayes Valley and North Beach), this 16-year-old boutique is a one-stop shop for the San Francisco sophisticate looking for understatedly sexy underpinnings instead of the masses of frills and embellishment on the racks today. The fully-trained staff assists shoppers in exploring the wide variety of designer draws from haute labels such as La Perla and Andres Sarda. From ladies who lunch to laid back tomboys in search of push ups to t-shirt bras, Alla Prima encourages women to celebrate their own unique style and has the garments to match whatever it may be. Photo credit: La Perla
539 Hayes Street and 1420 Grant Avenue, San Francisco

4 Aricie

While Valentine's Day only comes once a year, Aricie has been keeping ladies feeling festively sensual year round for decades. Established in 1982, Aricie has gained a loyal clientele due to its exclusive lingerie, showcasing a unique and very large collection of European bras and garter belts. The complete stockist includes silk lingerie, dramatic corsets and designer hosiery--perfect for any romantic getaway or bridal shower gifting. The extensive range of styles and sizes, coupled with attentive and knowledgeable service, has attracted a wide following extending beyond the Bay Area, though, we maintain the SF crowd is best. Photo credit: Courtesy Aricie
Crocker Galleria, 50 Post Street, San Francisco

5 Eres

A breath of Parisian sophistication, Eres lingerie and swimwear has been seen on big names from Rihanna to Lindsey Wixson. The French brand, which only expanded to lingerie within the last 20 years, is noted within the fashion industry for shying away from following current trends. Instead, lead designer Valérie Delafosse creates based on her own personal intuition, thinking of the design process as a long story--a creative process and aesthetic the fashionably independent ladies of San Francisco can certainly get behind. Photo credit: Courtesy Eres
539 Hayes Street, San Francisco
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