Space Lace: an Atelier, Style Studio and Auction House. Sustainable West Coast made since 1998. We needed a creative outlet to re-imagine fine vintage textiles… and a platform to highlight waste. Though we encountered some harsh criticism for being so unorthodox, our Repurposed garments helped spread a regenerative vision for fashion. Being early adopters isn’t always easy. Despite the noise, our one of a kind in-house Creations were received with great interest by other fashion houses, film/fashion industry professionals and stylists. The showroom is located at The Carriage House, a landmark building in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square neighborhood. Built just after the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s, The Carriage House showcases the future of Earth-minded living at its most natural and unprocessed. An obsessive focus on textiles informed our desire to present timeless high fashion against harmonious interiors. From years of inception take a walk back in our brand’s timeline.
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Bastille Day 1994 And so it begins…
Establishing one of the first fine vintage fashion houses in the world. Our mission was simple: Elevate vintage high fashion and sustainability. Little did we know that our goals, while simple, would take decades to see adopted more broadly. In these early years, vintage fashion was still quite subversive, as were fluid concepts of self-expression. Our Portland hometown was the perfect city for our counterculture fashion statement.
This very early print collateral reflects our love of Art Nouveau aesthetics and classical Arabesque arches. It is the blending of ancient and modern that defines cultural relevance.
Tilda in Adrian
We met Tilda Swinton in 2003 while she was filming a movie in Portland. She stopped in our store, and we fell in love with her at first sight. Here, Tilda wears an incredibly iconic Gilbert Adrian pulled from the Torso Archival Collection for an outing with couture designers Viktor & Rolf.
On the Road Again
Being totally outside a fashion industry city and the accompanying mentors/peers/investors, we never saw runway shows as a viable option. Instead, we hosted intimate salons and soirees. It was a better way for us to showcase hospitality amidst our immersive fashion installations. The early 2000’s were a constant loop of excitement as we shuttled between Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Portland. Those in the know could always find us tucked away in a bungalow at the Chateau Marmont or a string of rooms at The Bowrey.
Renowned San Francisco vocalist Veronica Klaus has always shared our passion for fine vintage fashion. She also shared her expertise and kindness with so many and continues to support the brand today! Please view her wonderful work at VeronicaKlausMusic.com
San Francisco has neither fashion nor entertainment industry-driven events. Here, charity events showcase the latest high fashion looks. Before social media, being photographed was everything! Vintage shops quickly became the need to know go-to place to be styled head to toe for red carpet looks.
Pamela & Gela (Pamela Skaist Levy & Gela Nash Taylor) of Juicy Couture go way way back. They always popped in whenever they were in town. These ladies pulled THE best items every time. Enough said.
José A. Guzman Colón shot this video of legendary Sonique gracing our last downtown SF showroom. José and Sonique highlight the cavernous mysteries it beheld. We were so proud to have Sonique, fresh off of a powerful performance on Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race – where she had just made history as the show’s first trans performer.
We love to assist film industry professionals in creating the rich period looks needed in a visually convincing scene. This dramatic Lilli Ann of San Francisco suit jacket fitted the haunting mood of a brooding Metropolis perfectly on the show Gotham.
Cookie On Empire
Taraji P. Henson’s riveting performance as Cookie Lyon on Empire was hands down the best fashion show on TV for several seasons running. We were hooked! So, it was a thrill beyond to provide this sizzling feather-trimmed Versace frock for the fabulous wardrobe created for Ms. Henson.
Neiman’s Very Best, 2017
Neiman Marcus San Francisco invited us to stage The Love Boutique, a month-long trunk show commemorating the 50th Anniversary of San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love. We live to spread the sprit of peace and love. So, we mounted a HUGE fashion exhibition.
Lenny And Laurie
It’s true, we love surprises. Lenny Kravitz and Laurie Stark (of celebrated Chrome Hearts fame) made an impromptu visit to our top-secret interim atelier with Lenny’s pooch in attendance. Our Silicon Valley high-rise location was a bit unusual, but these vintage experts arrived ready for anything.
Style Lounge, LA
It was January 2020, and we set up the most fabulous mid-century trunk show in Beverly Hills for The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. We had no idea the COVID-19 pandemic was looming. Looking back, it was such a lovely and innocent moment to spend time with our brethren in Los Angeles. And we will be back!
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Meet Space Lace! At once an auction house, sustainable fashion atelier, and home showroom, Space Lace endeavors to continue making innovative aesthetic contributions. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming soon.
Virtual shopping, consignments and auction previews are all available by scheduled appointments at this time, with contactless curbside pickup and global shipping available. Chat with a member of our showroom staff now 415-660-8350 to start your experience.
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