Best Locally Designed Clothing - 2008
San Francisco is packed with talented designers, but what makes Martha Egan's vintage-inspired clothing and accessories stand out are the amazing fabrics she uses. Whatever design you can think of — boldly patterned cottons, diaphanous silks, richly embroidered velvets — Egan likely has at least a yard or several tucked away in her store and studio. While she always has great shirts, jackets, and pants off the rack for women and men, the real treat comes in combing through her fabric collection to pick out your favorite and let Egan and her staff work their magic. The result is impeccably crafted clothing that you don't have to be a size zero to wear and that won't break the bank. The only catch is that you should call ahead to make sure her North Beach store is open. But comfortable, eye-catching clothes you'll be wearing for years to come are always worth a little extra planning.