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San Francisco Guardian  - URBANITY wins Best of the Bay Award!



If you think Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads are the only places to trade your Diors for dollars, you're missing out. Urbanity, Angela Cadogan's North Berkeley boutique, is hands down the best place to consign in the Bay. The spot is classy but not uppity, your commission is 50 percent of what your item pulls in, and, best of all, you'd actually want to shop there. Cadogan has a careful eye for fashion, choosing pieces that deserve a spot in your closet for prices that won't burn a hole in your wallet. Want an even better deal on those Miu Miu pumps or that YSL dress? Return every 30 days, when items that haven't sold yet are reduced by 40 percent. But good luck playing the waiting game against Urbanity's savvy regulars — they've been eyeing those Pradas longer than you have.



Racked SF  - URBANITY #1 in BEST OF East Bay Shopping!




East of San Francisco, across the Bay Bridge, is the vast land aptly named "East Bay". While the area is spread out and diverse, when folks say East Bay they usually mean Oakland and Berkeley. The former is a millennial hotspot, brimming with creative-types who seek less skyrocketing rent and more space. The latter is college central and a historic hub of hippy spirit.

Mix all of the above and you get an eclectic, vibrant fashion scene — where quirky shops, impeccably curated boutiques, and designer emporiums live side by side. The East Bay style map is constantly expanding and changing, with young businesses joining neighborhood mainstays. Together, the daring and the established offer plenty of opportunities to shop local, in the most enjoyable way possible. Here are a few of our favorites.

1 Urbanity Style Sharing

Despite being a consignment boutique, Urbanity earned its spot in the list by simply being the best in its niche. The dedicated team has an excellent eye for quality and trends. The result? Racks and racks of affordable designer finds that are a fraction of their original price.


Urban Air Market - Cultivated marketplace for sustainable design



Look out festival goers and sun bathers, summer is unofficially upon us! While city dwellers are still experiencing nippy mornings and spontaneously windy afternoons, the East Bay is definitely feeling the heat.

For those who recently made the move across the bridge realizing they don’t own any “airy” clothing (let alone a pair of shorts), you’re probably looking to add some key elements to your wardrobe (like shorts). Instead of clicking “add to cart”, step away from the computer and explore local, sustainable and community enriching fashions from your local boutiques. And hello… you’ll get the added benefit of being able to try things on!

This month we’re all about Berkeley. I mean, they started the whole “Shop Local” movement anyway, right? Here are some local gems currently on our radar, plus some pro summer styling tips to keep in mind for all the fun adventures that await you this season:

At Urbanity you’re sure to score something unique from their highly edited selection of designer clothing. Done with your Spring cleaning? Urbanity does consignment so you can rest assured that your old threads get a loving new home and don’t head for the dreaded landfill.

Urbanista Summer Style Tips:

  1. Always rock a little block | Sunblock that is! Our foggy, gray weather can often be deceptive. UV rays are ever present in our atmosphere and high on the list of causes for premature aging of the skin. As a lifelong fashionista I first recommend protecting your individually natural look with SPF 30+ and don’t forget to top your block with this summer’s hottest fashion accessory: a wide brimmed hat!

  2. Layer, Layer, Layer – and then add a Layer | We often find ourselves leaving the house in the morning bundled in a jacket and scarf, but as soon as noon rolls around, the temps are climbing to the high 70’s. Layers are the sure fire way to fashionably face whatever your days bring your way. Think summer dress, crop cardi, denim jacket, clogs (tights or crop leggings optional!), and a light weight scarf. The key is keeping these layers light so that as they are shed they can fit into your tote or day bag so you won’t get stuck carrying a heavy layer over your arm come midday.


Behind the Seams - Ethical Style Blog


Lately, we’ve been focusing so much on vintage that we’ve ignored its cousin, the consignment shop. So when we caught wind this morning of an awesome-sounding consignment boutique in Berkeley, Calif., we had to post about it.

Headed by Angela Cadogan, the wife of the lead guitarist from ’90s rock band Third Eye Blind, Urbanity mixes fashion and sustainable design with music.

As the press release says:

Her shop Urbanity calls consignment “style sharing” (a poke at the early file sharing days of Napster), and Urbanity’s star logo is, of course, in the shape of a guitar pick. …

It’s happened more than once that multiple pairs of designer pumps make their way onto Urbanity’s shelves all in the same hour. (Someone once dropped off Miu Miu, Prada, and YSL sandals all in the same trip!)

The store’s reviews on Yelp mention pre-loved finds from Catherine Malandrino, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, A Common Thread, and more totally hip names in fashion. Anybody up for a road trip to the Bay Area? We’re so there!

You know the old ditty, "Recycle, reduce, reuse...?" Well, we're glad to hear that ecologically concerned fashionistas are taking a stand as well. Resale is the way to go–Not just for your wallet, but also for the earth!


San Francisco Chronicle


Dearest Ladies of Urbanity,


I just thought you might like to know that my jeans and my purple top in this photo are from Urbanity. Thanks so much for helping me to rock the post-pregs glamour shot!







Elka Karl - designer, writer, mom - taps niche Anh-Minh Le, Special to The Chronicle


Even while earning her master's degree in fiction from Texas State University, Elka Karl knew that "my heart's always been filled with more domestic concerns," she said. During breaks from working on her thesis, she would sew quilts and curtains, build bed frames and refurbish roadside furniture finds.

Thankfully, she has found a career that allows her to merge her interests in writing and decor. Since 2007, Karl has served as the editor of CasaSugar ( www.casasugar.com) - where she posts five times daily about decorating ideas, DIY projects, artists and craftspeople, new products, design inspiration, events and great shops.

Home for Karl is a 1920 Craftsman in Berkeley that she shares with her husband, Peter; 6-month-old son Uli; and two dogs, Ozzie and Haiko. "In our house," she said, "you'll find a David Trubridge pendant lamp next to a Craigslist walnut credenza next to a Russel Wright chair piled with baby quilts made by my great-aunties."

She added: "It's been a challenge to keep the home's design and functionality as it existed pre-baby in a post-baby world. I have a few items around the house that I swore I'd never allow past my door - such as a 'busy center' plastic monstrosity. But Uli absolutely adores it."

The Karl cheat sheet Ask around: "Never be afraid to ask about something you like. After I stopped into a coffee shop in St. Germain, Wis., and admired an original painting above the espresso machines, I nicely asked the baristas to find the artist's contact information. Now I'm commissioning a painting from the artist and enjoying some very fun, North Woodsy e-mail exchanges in the process."

Model behavior: "Floor models provide deep discounts. When an item we wanted from Design Within Reach was on back-order for months, we stopped into the Fourth Street Berkeley store and asked them about floor models. We were able to get the same piece from a Bay Area DWR for half price."

Custom carpentry: "Support your local carpenter. Having items commissioned saves a lot of time, and is often not as expensive as you'd think. I found a great local carpenter who built a no-VOC FSC-certified wood bed frame for us (for less than $1,000) by searching on Etsy for woodworkers in the Bay Area."

Material world: "For me, fabric stores are a wonderful source of inspiration. If I'm looking for a color palette, project idea or just a midafternoon pick-me-up, I'll stop into a fabric store to browse through the bolts. If I'm at the office, I'll hoof it a few blocks to Britex, and if I'm at home in Berkeley, I'll always swing by Stonemountain & Daughter." ( www.britexfabrics.com, www.stonemountainfabric.com)

On decorating post-baby: "Substance is just as important as style, especially in a post-baby household. Before, I'd easily be swayed by a pretty bauble that would add a bit of twinkle to my house, but now I'm paring down everything in our home. I'm completely in love with multiuse objects that are thoughtfully designed and baby-friendly, like Duluth Pack baskets and Modern Twist's pocket pillows." ( www.duluthpack.com, www.modern-twist.com)