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A Night of Candy and Couture in Celebration of Intermix

Katie Traina welcomed the retailer to SF with a chic dinner party in Pacific Heights

BY Damion Matthews - Photos by Drew Altizer - September 28, 2016


We’ve seen large jewelery in our days, but none as delightfully oversized as the giant candy cocktail ring by Maayan Zilberman of Sweet Saba given recently as a party favor.

Katie Traina hosted a dinner for the opening of Intermix in San FranciscoPhotos: Instagram, Drew Altizer
Katie Traina hosted a dinner for the opening of Intermix in San Francisco

Photos: Instagram, Drew Altizer


The occasion was a dinner hosted by Katie Traina to celebrate the opening of the new Intermix boutique in Pacific Heights, the first of its kind in San Francisco.

Designer candy jewels for those who wear designer clothes? Why not.

Anne-Sophie Deneve, Allison Speer, Vanessa Getty; Sarah Somberg, Emily Holt; Mary Gonsalves Kinney, Jessica Moment
Anne-Sophie Deneve, Allison Speer, Vanessa Getty; Sarah Somberg, Emily Holt; Mary Gonsalves Kinney, Jessica Moment

Photos: Drew Altizer


The jewel box of a boutique at 2223 Fillmore Street, decorated with a striking hand-painted mural by Kelly Ording, has all kinds of delectable treats, from saucy cocktail dresses to buttery leather jackets and scrumptious cozy knits.

Looks from Intermix, Fall 2016
Looks from Intermix, Fall 2016

Photos: Intermix


With prices ranging from $60 to $2,640, you’ll find a curated selection of pieces from brands such as Jonathan Simkhai, Barbara Bui, Cinq à Sept, Aquazzura, Veronica Beard and Caroline Constas, among others.

Intermix at 2223 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
Intermix at 2223 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

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Photos: Intermix, Instagram


This is the 40th boutique to be opened by the retailer, which was acquired by San Francisco-based Gap in 2013 for $130 million.

Intermix president Jyothi Rao told us that, based on data from their e-commerce site, they’ve known for some time that San Francisco is one of their top markets. The data have also shown what kind of products and brands the local consumer typically buys.

Jacqueline Sacks, Kathryn Lasater, Annik Bogharian; Katie Traina, Jyothi Rao; Nina Stanford, Suzanne Levit, Vandy Boudreau, Michael Purdy
Jacqueline Sacks, Kathryn Lasater, Annik Bogharian; Katie Traina, Jyothi Rao; Nina Stanford, Suzanne Levit, Vandy Boudreau, Michael Purdy

Photos: Drew Altizer


Having previously lived in the City before moving to New York, Jyothi said that “Maybe 15, 20 years ago, there wasn’t a lot of fashion in San Francisco.” But as she observed guests sitting down for dinner she remarked, “As you can see, looking around, I think it’s come a long way!”

“There’s a huge amount of interesting fashion,” she said, “and there’s such a vibrant community here.”

Mary Beth Shimmon, Sobia Shaikh, Jessica Moment; Anne Waterman Bassin, Anne-Sophie Deneve
Mary Beth Shimmon, Sobia Shaikh, Jessica Moment; Anne Waterman Bassin, Anne-Sophie Deneve

Photos: Drew Altizer


Among those attending were Vanessa Getty, interior designer Jay Jeffers, PR maven Allison Speer, stylist Mary Gonsalves Kinney, strategy consultant Patrick Herning, philanthropists such as Jacqueline Sacks, Kate Sheridan Chung, Summer Tompkins Walker, Jessica Moment, Kathryn Lasater, Major Obsessions designer Sonya Molodetskaya, restaurateur Anna Weinberg, and Hero Shop’s Emily Holt, among others.

Everyone looked fantastic, but the hostess herself was especially chic in a pleated, cut-out ‘Josefa’ gown by A.L.C. — from Intermix, naturally ($795 at the Fillmore Street location, or online at intermixonline.com)

“I think we need to dress her every day,” Jyothi remarked. “She looks like an Intermix model!”



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