The name Wilkes Bashford represents a venerable institution in classic menswear. Mr. Wilkes first opened his Union Square store in San Francisco in 1966. He was one of the premier stateside retailers to introduce fine-tailored menswear from Italian designers (like Giorgio Armani) to the American market. Over the years, the shop has held to its unbending principles of peerless quality, and it presently offers well-merchandised selections from lauded names like Etro, Loro Piana, Brunello Cucinelli, Brioni, Ermenegildo Zegna and more. Just last year, the store unveiled its newly renovated retail emporium — an ultra-luxury, 7-floor townhouse which provides a plush and welcoming backdrop for its exquisite sartorial collections.
CaféA nook of a coffee shop, smaller than a Japanese bar—yet easy to spot by the chalkboard sign with daily scribbles and the outdoor seating of logs and benches. Go for the holy trinity and order coffee, a thick cut of cinnamon toast, and a young coconut with a straw.
Tucked between downtown Union Square and the gritty Tenderloin neighborhood is Tradition, an American cocktail bar with a focus on house-blended and barrel-aged spirits. What really sets this bar apart is the eight booths, or ‘snugs’, in the downstairs section. Each booth, private and enclosed in wood, has its own distinct drink menu based on a theme, such as Tiki, New Orleans or Speakeasy.
Almond Hartzog, a furniture showroom in the heart of the Design District, showcases a curated collection 15 years in the making. Most pieces are of Scandinavian design dating from the 1920’s to late 1960’s and are sourced from European auction houses. Newer items, including local designs, are scattered throughout the show room floor.