Voyager (above)
On a block brimming with artisanal everything, this shop stands out for its selection of menswear and accessories by niche brands from around America and the world, including Comune, Penfield, Crate Denim, and Illesteva. Don't miss Dillon Montara, co-owner Robert Patterson's collection of appealingly laid-back weekend–in–Big Sur casual garments, like gauze button-downs ($130) and linen scarves ($69).
365 Valencia St.;

Taylor Stitch (left)
The fabric swatches hanging on the wall of this warm, bright shop attest to its origins as a custom tailored shirt line. The brand now also offers made-to-measure moccasins and boots and last year launched new runs of sleek chinos, cords, and trim suits.
383 Valencia St.;

Self Edge
Even in the city of Levi Strauss, Self Edge (which has expanded to New York and L.A.) has become a go-to source for denim, offering a vast array of well-constructed artisanal brands, many from Japan, including Iron Heart, Flat Head, Dry Bones, Mister Freedom, and a great house line. There's also no better place in town to get your jeans fixed—repairs are a flat $40 ($20 if you bought them there), no matter the problem.
714 Valencia St.;

Gravel & Gold
Go here for a tight edit of design pieces that fit the of-the-moment Northern California boho vibe: Local ceramics and nautical garb vie for space with stationery, architecture books, and useful objects you never knew you needed (the beech-and-carbon No. 8 folding knife from the French brand Opinel, $17) in a relaxed, beach-rustic atmosphere.
3266 21st St.;

F.S.C. Barber (left)
The West Coast shop offers the same classic cuts ($40) and straight-razor shaves ($40) as its New York counterparts in a light-filled, 1,200-square-foot space. There's also an ever-expanding line of top-notch grooming products, like Portland General Store Alpine Shave Jelly ($16) and beech bath brushes from the German brand Redecker ($18).
696 Valencia St.;

Heath Ceramics
At its home base in Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge, this Bay Area institution has been manufacturing its beloved dishware and ceramics since 1948. Last year, the company opened a factory, a shop, and a café in a former linen supply and laundry, so you can enjoy a mug of Blue Bottle coffee while browsing the cocoa-colored espresso cups and saucers ($34).
2900 18th St.;

This just-opened multiuse space is equal parts design showroom, workshop, events space, and laboratory for cutting-edge furniture, lighting, clothing, and accessories. Stop in for the luxurious oiled-leather-and-waxed-cotton Weekender duffel from Basil Racuk ($1,488) or the appealingly angled Italic Wired Chaise from Phase Design ($2,390).
1999 Bryant St.;

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On the Rise: The Outer Sunset District
This foggy, surfer-friendly enclave is San Francisco's next hot spot.

General Store (above)
Vintage clothes and hip housewares just blocks from the beach.
4035 Judah St.;

Mollusk Surf Shop
A driftwood, stained-glass, and neoprene hangout and supply center for wave riders.
4500 Irving St.;

Offbeat but well-wrought chairs, surfboards, signs, and furnishings.
3725 Noriega St.;

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