Monday, April 13, 2015

By Hand Shopping Guide

Where do we shop now that By Hand has closed?

Here is source list to help you find the lines that you once found at By Hand.  If there is no source for the line, we are still looking for a location.  Your input is appreciated!  Post a comment, and we'll update the list.

Remember, some shops do not carry every line every season.  And local stores don't have the space to carry every item in the line.  So if you're looking for something in particular, best to call the shop before you visit.

Is it the shopkeepers you miss? You can find Terri at In Full Swing on College Ave and Maria at Earthly Goods on the corner of Shattuck and Vine. Jessie has launched an Etsy site for her jewelry line. Lise's art and jewelry website can be found here.

Hope this resource inspires you to check out some new independent clothing stores. Happy shopping!

List updated:  April 15, 2015

Women's Clothing
Some of the shops mentioned below are not in the SF Bay Area. For a list a women's shops by city, please click here.

Click / CMC: Sotto VoceIn Full Swing, Hubba Hubba

Chalet: Molly B, In Full Swing

Citron: Patina, In Full Swing, New Threads, Lando

Coobies: Sotto Voce, Hula

Cubism: Persimmon

Curio Sweaters:

Cut Loose: Earthly Goods, Persimmon. Lobelia, In Full Swing, Studio on ChestnutCut Loose Factory Outlet

Dolcezza: La Rouge

Dressori: Sotto VocePersimmon, In Full Swing, La Rouge, Studio on Chestnut, Channel 910

Effie's Heart: Sotto VoceMolly B, Alaya

Elliot Lauren:  Mustard Seed Clothing Co, Simplicity by I. Elle, I. Elle

Fiore: Sotto VoceEarthly Goods, Lobelia

French Dressing Jeans: Earthly Goods, La Rouge

Heartstring: In Full Swing, La Rouge

Icelandic Design:

Jag: Sotto VoceEarthly Goods. Elements, HulaStudio on Chestnut, Rabat (San Francisco location), Lando, Siena Rose, Sidekicks, Christina's Boutique

Jana: Earthly Goods (Fall 2015), Studio on Chestnut


Karissa & Me: Lobelia

Katina Marie: In Full Swing


Loco Lindo: See Pink Wheels

Margaret Winters: Studio On Chestnut

Michael Farrell: Molly B

Mill Valley: Lando, New Threads, E=Ethical Clothing


Miraclebody:  AlayaMustard Seed Clothing Co, Simplicity by I. Elle, I. Elle

Nallie and Milly: Persimmon, AlayaMustard Seed Clothing Co, Simplicity by I. Elle, I. Elle

Nancy Lynn:  retired

Nancy Wilder:  Nancy Wilder Website

Necessitees:  Lobelia, Molly B, Hula

Niche:  La Rouge, Patina, Persimmon

Nomadic Traders: Persimmon, Studio on Chestnut

Parsley & Sage: Sotto VoceIn Full Swing

Pink Wheels: Sotto Voce, Earthly Goods, Persimmon (tops only), Molly B

Prairie Cotton: E=Ethical Clothing, New Threads

Renuar: Earthly Goods, Persimmon, Studio on Chestnut

Salaam: Earthly Goods, Persimmon

Sandra Ingrish: Earthly Goods

Tianello (women's): In Full Swing

Tribal: Persimmon, Hubba Hubba


Willow:  Sotto Voce


Women's Accessories

Handbags and Wallets:

Baggalini: Sotto Voce, Persimmon

Belarno: Sotto Voce

Lodis:  Hula

Osgoode Marley: The Walk Shop

Hats and Gloves:

Parkhurst:  Hula


Coco Bean Jewelry (Jessie Kearse): Coco Bean Jewels Etsy

Marjorie Baer : In Full Swing

Terrri Boone Designs:


Asian Eye: LobeliaIn Full Swing

Zazou: Hula


B.Ella: Sotto Voce

Hot Sox: Sotto Voce, Greetings, Hula

Men's clothing

Some of the shops mentioned below are not in the SF Bay Area. For a list a men's shops by city, please click here.

Autumn Cashmere: Zeni, Louis Thomas, Outlander Men's Gear, Scott Lyall, Eli Thomas

Enro: Eraldi's, Williamson & Co

F/X Fusion: McCaulou's, Eraldi's

Gruppo Bravo (men's coats and jackets): Louis Thomas, Eraldi's, Williamson & Co, Eli Thomas, Patrick James

Kahala: Williamson & Co

Karl Peters: Details, Lorenzini

Kuhl: Eraldi's, Williamson & Co, REI

Luchiano Visconti: Eraldi's, Williamson & Co, Outlander Men's Gear

Mod-O-Doc:  Eraldi's

Nat Nast: Eraldi's, Outlander Men's Gear, Patrick James

North River: McCaulou's, Eraldi's

Raffi: Eraldi's, Williamson & Co, Outlander Men's Gear

Thaddeus: Eraldi's, Williamson & Co, Outlander Men's Gear

Thomas Dean: Williamson & Co

Tommy Bahama: Frank's Fisherman, Quest, Williamson & Co, Eraldi's, Outlander Men's Gear, Louis Thomas, Details

Tori Richard: Eraldi's, Williamson & Co, Outlander Men's Gear, Louis Thomas

Toscano: Louis Thomas, Barcelino, Patrick James

Weatherproof: McCaulou's

Zenfari: Zeni, Louis Thomas, Outlander Men's Gear, Scott Lyall

Women's Shops By City


Earthly Goods
2100 Vine St
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 845-4564
Cut Loose, Fiore, French Dressing Jeans, Jag, Jana (Fall 2015), Pink Wheels, Renuar, Salaam, Sandra Ingrish

2937 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 548-6876

1677 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-1555
Cut Loose, Fiore, Karissa & Me, Necessitees

Molly B
2112 Vine St
Berkeley, CA
(510) 843-1586
Chalet, Effie’s Heart, Michael Farrell, Pink Wheels

Molly B
1811 Fouth St
Berkeley, CA
(510) 548-3103
Chalet, Effie’s Heart, Michael Farrell,

1894 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 558-3370
Citron, Niche

904 The Alameda
Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 524-3220
Cubism, Cut Loose, Dressori, Nallie & Millie, Niche, Nomadic Traders, Pink Wheels, Renuar, Salaam, Tribal

Sotto Voce
1845 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 525-5067
B. Ella. Baggalini, Belarno, Click/CMC, Coobies, Dressori, Effie's Heart. Fiore, Hot Sox, Jag, Parsley & Sage, Pink Wheels, Willow

The Walk Shop
2120 Vine St
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-3628
Osgoode Marley

Corte Madera

New Threads
Town Center Corte Madera
113 Corte Madera Avenue
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(415) 927-3260
Citron, Mill Valley, Prairie Cotton


Christina’s Boutiques
Prospector Square
145 E Prospect Ave # 103
Danville, CA 94526
(925) 362-8682

Mill Valley

116 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 383-8989
Citron, Jag, Mill Valley,

Sienna Rose
365 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 381-2005


Mustard Seed Clothing Co
1227 1st St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 255-4222
Elliot Lauren, Miraclebody, Nally & Millie


6136 La Salle Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 339-9385
Jag, Necessitees, Hot Sox, Parkhurst Hats & Gloves, Zazou Scarves, Lodis Wallets

In Full Swing
5937 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-5144
Asian Eye, Chalet, Citron, Click/CMC, Cut Loose, Dressori, Marjorie Baer, Parsley & Sage, Zazou

La Rouge
6110 La Salle Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 339-3200
Dolcezza, Dressori, French Dressing Jeans, Heartstring, Niche


E=Ethical Clothing
122 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 769-8564
Mill Valley, Prairie Cotton

San Anselmo

637 San Anselmo Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 485-5335

San Francisco

1256 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 731-2681
Effie’s Heart, Miraclebody, Nally & Millie

Channel 910
910 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 665-4268

Studio on Chestnut
2233 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 776-5078
Cut Loose, Dressori, Jag, Jana, Margaret Winters, Nomadic Traders, Renuar


Hubba Hubba
11 Princess St,
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-7577
Chalet, Click/CMC, Jana, Tianello (women’s), Tribal


Simplicity by I. Elle
492 1st St E
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-5422
Elliot Lauren, Miraclebody, Nally & Millie


I. Elle
V Marketplace
6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2282
Elliot Lauren, Miraclebody, Nally & Millie

Men's Shops by City

Corte Madera:

Louis Thomas
Town Center at Corte Madera
212 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(415) 924-1715
Autumn Cashmere, Gruppo Bravo, Tori Richard, Tommy Bahama, Toscano, Zenfari


Patrick James
3494 Blackhawk Plaza Cir.
Danville, CA 94506
(925) 736-0787
Agave, Gruppo Bravo, Nat Nast, Tommy Bahama, Tori Richard


Outlander Men’s Gear
103 Plaza St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-7800
Autumn Cashmere, Luchiano Visconti, Nat Nast, Raffi, Thaddeus, Tommy Bahama, Tori Richard, Zenfari

Los Gatos:

35 W Main St, Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 827-4204
Karl Peters


Scott Lyall
614 Main Street,
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 255-5858
Autumn Cashmere, Zenfari

Williamson & Co
1144 Main St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 224-5284
Enro, Kuhl, Kahala, Luchiano Visconti, Raffi, Thaddeus, Thomas Dean, Tommy Bahama, Tori Richard

6211 Medau Place
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 339-2210
F/X Fusion, North River, Weatherproof


Louis Thomas
150 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
 (707) 765-1715
Autumn Cashmere, Gruppo Bravo, Tori Richard, Tommy Bahama, Toscano, Zenfari

San Francisco:

498 Post Street at Mason
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 781-5777

Frank’s Fisherman
366 Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-1165
Tommy Bahama

567 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102‎
(415) 864-0154
Autumn Cashmere, Zenfari

San Jose:

Details Clothing Co
1322 Lincoln Ave,
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 286-5555
Karl Peters, Tommy Bahama

Eli Thomas
350 S Winchester Blvd #200
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 247-1024
Autumn Cashmere, Gruppo Bravo

San Mateo:

Hillsdale Shopping Center
177 Hillsdale Mall
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 345-4200


673 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-8677
Tommy Bahama


475 1st St W
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-2013
Enro, F/X Fusion, Gruppo Bravo, Luchiano Viscanti, Mod-O-Doc, Nat Nast, Raffi, Thaddeus, Tommy Bahama, Tori Richard

Scott Lyall
115 East Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-8770
Autumn Cashmere, Zenfari

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Guest Post by Susan: Five Years, Then 40 More

It was late in 1969 when I got a call from the owner of Red Square, the boutique up the stairs from Bongo Burger on Dwight Way. She was calling a meeting with all the craftswomen who were consigning their merchandise in her store. She wanted out of her business, and offered it to all of us collectively. About 20 of us went for it.

We soon agreed to a new name, By Hand, and moved the business to CJ’s Old Garage on Telegraph and Blake. We had many meetings to decide on job responsibilities, consignment percentages, hours, work shifts, etc. Whew! I don’t know how the Cheese Board does it still! The business had its ups and downs over the next few years, moving to several different spots in the two adjacent garages. I left the country and traveled the Hippie Trail for about a year and a half, and when I returned there were new members, but I slid right back in. Times were tough, though-- the Avenue was dirty, sales were down, membership in the collective was now only six unhappy ladies, and our lease was up. In 1974, to the collective’s relief, Elaine and I decided to form a partnership (I called it a bloodless coup) and move the business to Walnut Square.

What a good move that turned out to be. We instantly had new customers, as well as our old clientele, and they all loved the new space. We continued on as before for several years, same consignment rates, same work shifts-- the main difference was that our partnership meetings were much more effective. At some point we decided to add ready-made T-shirts to our mix, and over the next decade added sweaters and other basics to help round out the merchandise and make it easier to create whole looks. We also started wholesaling up and down the West Coast with our own line of basics, BIDZ, adding Paula as a third partner.

In 1985 we moved around the corner to Vine St., more than doubling our space. By that time Elaine and I were both working on our wholesale line with Paula as well as running the store, so we were buying more ready-to-wear to go with the locally produced clothing and accessories. And we added a menswear corner, which really took off. After the birth of my son in 1990, Paula took over BIDZ, renamed Paula Z, and Elaine and I continued at By Hand.

Many of you know the rest of the story. We moved the business again in 1995, where we remodeled the corner at Solano and Ensenada. I bought Elaine out in 2000, and in 2010 retired myself, turning the business over to Paula and Romy. Unfortunately, there was no negotiating with the landlord of our beautiful space, so the business moved right across the street to an even bigger space. Now, Paula is retiring, and Romy is ready for a new career.

It’s been fun, it’s been hard, it’s been easy, it’s been a lot of years with all kinds of adventures. Thanks to our great customers, this business has been able to support many, many people—salespeople, buyers, and makers. We are all grateful.


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Fresh Deliveries: Jag and Cut Loose

Our Going Out of Business Sale Continues
25% Off Storewide


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Going Out of Business Sale Starts Friday 12/26

Drawing Courtesy of Ceinwen Carney, Urban Sketchers SF Bay Area

Our final winter clearance sale begins on Friday, December 26th at 10:30 a.m.
This closing sale will continue until all merchandise is sold--probably mid-March. 

Thank you for supporting our business for 40 years!

Holiday gifts may be returned through Friday January 9th only.

Sale items are final sales
No price adjustments on previous purchases

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Seems like yesterday, but it was long ago.....

In 1977 I was looking for a new job -- something creative with flexible hours. I was only one year into my long love affair with tennis, and wanted to be on the courts as often as possible. A friend of a friend owned a store in Walnut Square that featured hand-crafted  clothing and needed someone to sew for her. Sounded flexible enough for me. I borrowed a sewing machine and got started. Who imagined that I would be retiring from owning that clothing store 37 years later?

The original By Hand was located on Walnut Street, two doors down from the original Peet’s Coffee. Susan, Elaine, Marianne and I took turns staffing the store for the day. The store was rustic, cozy and relaxed. I’d set my sewing machine on the main counter  (which is now near our dressing rooms in the present store), zip down to Peet’s for a 25-cent refill, and sew blouses in the down time between customers.

Doing piecework for Susan and Elaine quickly evolved into me buying fabric and producing my own blouses. Adding soutache (a very thin ornamental braid) or ledges to yokes and collars of blouses and men’s shirts was a design detail that took a lots of time, but made each garment special. In the early 80’s Elaine, Susan and I teamed up to produce the BIDZ line of raw silk clothing. Eventually they decided to focus on the store, moved By Hand around the corner to Vine Street, and I continued designing under my Paula Z label.

During the Paula Z years I had a workshop in Emeryville where I did design work and garment cutting on a 20-foot long worktable, but my sewing machine was in the loft at By Hand on Vine St. Those years were a blur of trips back and forth between Berkeley and E’ville. I’d work on a design pattern and cut a sample in my workshop, go to By Hand to sew the sample and have the staff try it on. Then it was back to Emeryville to tweak the pattern, grade it (make patterns for different sizes) and eventually cut a run of 40 or 50 blouses. I’d stack five to ten layers of fabric, lay the patterns on top and cut them by hand or with my little circular saw. I’d take the collars, cuffs and facings home to iron on interfacing in the evening, then return them to the workshop to bundle in with the blouses that I would take to my seamstress. Once finished, the blouses needed pressing and buttonholes needed trimming before I could bring them to By Hand and put them on the racks.

Finding good fabric was always a challenge. I attended fabric trade shows and took three or four trips a year to LA in my search for unique, appealing fabric. I was always on the hunt for solid-colored sueded rayon for long-sleeved tailored blouses, textured tweeds for relaxed jackets, and fun prints for camp shirts and casual blouses. By the mid-nineties Susan and Elaine were buying more and more ready-to-wear clothes for the store, and I was having a harder time finding fabric that I liked to produce my line. When they decided to move to a larger storefront on Solano Avenue in 1995, I felt the timing was right to retire from my design business and try something new.

In 1996 studied for and earned a personal training certification and began training clients in their homes. I also established a website that reviewed exercise videos. Working out to videos, writing reviews and playing tennis kept me busy, but I kept my association with By Hand though, visiting weekly to hem pants and skirts, as I’d been doing through all the Paula Z years. I’m sure I’ve done thousands and thousands of hems over the years. Before I knew it, I began working on the sales floor one day a week for the holiday season. I was back at By Hand, this time as part of the staff.

Now, 37 years later, as co-owner of a Berkeley institution, I’m ready to say good bye to a relationship that has served me well through the years. 

Thanks to Susan and Elaine who gave me my start so long ago.

Thanks to all my fans from the Paula Z years, many who’ve come in to say they remember (and sometimes still have) one of my creations. 

Thanks to the By Hand staff, past and present who do a fantastic job of making By Hand a welcoming place to shop and an enjoyable place to work.

Thanks to my partner Romy who always has my back. 

Paula Z