Last week, SF’s well-heeled set celebrated the launch of Shinola’s Spring 2016 Women’s Leather Collection at an event hosted by Emily Holt and Olya Dzilikhova. Shinola, the Detroit-based bicycle and leather goods company, opened their first two Northern California stores in Palo Alto and San Francisco late last year. To honor the debut of Shinola’s second-ever women’s collection, co-design directors, John Truex and Richard Lambertson, arrived in town for the party. More than 70 people — including Lauren Goodman, Lola Oladunjoye, Samantha Hartwell, and Edward Dubrovsky — descended on the Jackson Square store for mini hamburgers and crab rolls from Foxtail Catering and refreshing pours of wine from Union Wine Co.
Holt, a former Vogue editor and co-founder of the upcoming lifestyle concept store, Hero Shop, introduced Truex and Lambertson. She highlighted how this event was particularly special to her: more than a decade ago while writing her first story for Women’s Wear Daily, she interviewed Truex and Lambertson when they had their own namesake label, Lambertson & Truex. Everything came full circle at the Thursday evening event, in which Holt graciously presented the dynamic duo and their stunning artisanal line.
The 12-piece collection of hand-crafted American products includes mini zip backpacks in brilliant blue leather, chic accordion cross body bags in supple bourbon leather, and durable luggage tags in bold orange leather. All of the items are exclusively made from leather which has been sourced, tanned, and sewn in the U.S. “Our focus is on creating casual modern luxury with clean designs and attention to detail,” Richard Lambertson said. “We approach design as a collection — it is all about an assortment. We want our customers to have choices,” added John Truex. By getting to mingle with the co-designers and hold the finished goods in their hands, party goers were given a firsthand look at how the collection came together.
Interested in checking out the haute new line? Head to Shinola’s Montgomery Street store now.