Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
|Drawing Courtesy of Ceinwen Carney, Urban Sketchers SF Bay Area|
Sunday, November 23, 2014
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?
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.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014
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By Hand started from humble beginnings, a collective of sewers operating out of C J.s Garage at Dwight and Telegraph. In 1974, Susan Powning and Elaine Emery took over By Hand and moved the shop to Walnut Square. They celebrated by commissioning the now familiar Magritte-inspired print by Berkeley artist David Lance Goines. When Paula and Romy became owners in 2010, they moved the shop to its fourth and largest storefront, directly across the street from our third location. This past April, By Hand celebrated its 40th anniversary. Today, it is with sadness that we must tell you the 41st year will be our last.
For more thoughts from Paula, click here.
For more thoughts from Romy, click here.
For more thoughts from Susan, click here.