United By Blue, founded in 2010, believes in sales with a purpose. Everything they offer is responsibly made and the company removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through cleanups for each product sold. Located in an early 1900s building, their flagship store uses repurposed materials to create the open and homey environment that invites you in for a cup of coffee and retail therapy. The store serves ReAnimator Coffee, roasted locally in Philly. Ample seating and a comfy, sink-yourself-in couch offers space to catch up with friends or with work. Above the retail store is United By Blue headquarters! All the magic happens here.
If you’ve never heard of these brands, you’ve been missing out. Alite was created for the urban adventurer: functional, aesthetically pleasing, and inspiring for budding outdoor enthusiasts. Boreas, on the other hand, was created for the more extreme outdoor enthusiast: packs with thoughtful details, lightweight construction, designed for adventure.
Their sweet digs are located in the Potrero Hill neighborhood, just a stone’s throw away from my Bay Area favorite, Triple Aught Design, in the Dogpatch. I met with Kenzie and Luke who graciously showed me around their warehouse.
The front of the warehouse is a retail space showcasing all the Alite products with a section for the Boreas packs. The remainder of the space is split in two levels, showroom & prototypes and actual office space.
Production of prototypes and samples all happen in house in the back room. Below is a little sneak peek of what’s to come for Spring 2015!
The upstairs is office space where all work gets done, beer gets drank, and ideas are created.
If you’re in San Francisco, stop by the Alite Outpost in Potrero Hill at 2505 Mariposa St and say hello!
Last night, I had the chance to check out TAD’s renovated Dogpatch location and meet the team, and boy, it was fantastic. Here’s a sneak peek of what it all looks like before their grand re-opening on Saturday!
The new space is spacious! There’s a dedicated corner for all the women’s apparel which is super awesome. It’s small, but it’s there! The full line of accessories and men’s apparel is also carried at the store. And the coolest part, there’s an enormous space for collaborative and community-based activities like movie nights, classes, trip planning, etc.
I got a sneak peek at some goodies for Saturday’s big Warehouse Sale which includes some very old items, and some never-seen-before items.
Their grand re-opening is on Saturday at 9AM in conjunction with Dogpatch Warehouse Sale. 22nd Street between 3rd and Indiana Street. It’s gonna be packed, so come early if you want to snag some discounted or one-of-a-kind TAD goodies! For more information on the Dogpatch Warehouse Sale and the vendors, check out the website here: http://dogpatchwarehousesale.com
And oh! As a super awesome visitor, check out these new fabric swatches for Spring 2014!