We recently visited Circle & Square, a chic accessories shop in Presidio Heights (344 Presidio Avenue, SF), that carries pieces from some of our favorite local designers: Karen Caldwell Design, Isly Handbags by Sobia Shaikh, Susana Speidel, Lisa Nagel, David Heston, Elle Schroeder, and perfumes by Ineke.
Doors were opened recently to a small group of customers and media to meet some of the designers, including our dear friends Karen Caldwell and Sobia Shaikh. But as longtime fans of Ineke perfumes, we were pleasantly surprised to meet Ineke Ruhland herself. As one of the world’s leading perfumers, she has an encyclopedic knowledge of scents, a passion for flowers, and was an absolute delight to talk to.
We were also pleased to speak with owners Bunny Fayne and Tracy Albers. It was interesting to hear from them how the boutique has evolved. They’ve realized over the years that Circle & Square has become more than just a boutique — it has become a showroom of sorts, a hub for both fashion forward consumers with an independent take on style, and editors who look for a curated selection of unique, newly discovered, rising-star designers.
Crystal Brown, Mary Beth Shimmon, Sobia Shaikh – Sobia Shaikh, Susan Dunlevy, Ilysa Goldblatt
“We wanted to create an influential space curated especially with style setters and the fashion media in mind by sourcing the best of the best in order to capture their attention through a coveted selection of accessories,” explains Ms. Albers. “Circle & Square has always embraced emerging, independent designers and has paved the way for these soon-to-be stars by showcasing them to an audience with an astute palette and a keen eye for undeniable talent.”
Damion Matthews, Ineke Ruhland – Teresa Rodriguez, Karen Caldwell, Fati Farmanfarmaian
While Circle & Square’s online presence acts as a national and international destination for fashion forward buyers, the San Francisco boutique is a physical showplace that houses a more limited selection of choice designers hand-picked by the owners.
Gigi Reed, Ellie Williams – Fati Farmanfarmaian, Joel Goodrich
The boutique carries special pieces by Jill Milan, whose bag was recently worn by Ann Hathaway at the New York premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Adriana Castro, whose fans include the Kardashians, Sarah Jessica Parker and Eva Longoria, among others.
For more information about Circle & Square, please visit www.circleandsquaresf.com
Oliver Caldwell, Karen Caldwell – Nicole Barker, Sarah Dilullo
Jill Fraser, Myraim Damian – Heidi Pettit, Lauri Levenfeld, Heidi Yarger
Catherine Halston, Nicole Cassani – Betsy Linder, Karen Caldwell