Edit ModuleShow Tags

Shop Talk with Walter & George and Dear Survivor

Northern Little Italy gets a cool new shoplet


Published:

Photo by Jennifer Siegwart

When Mixture and VI Star closed, we felt a momentary panic at the void of retail outposts in northern Little Italy. Since then, former VI Star tenant James Coffee Co. has taken over the warehouse and created a collaborative shopping concept of its own. The newest shoplet is a shared space occupied by Walter & George and Dear Survivor. It’s the first brick-and-mortar for both designers, who make handcrafted leather accessories and handbags.

“I’m drawn to designs that can move through trends and years and still be classic,” George says. “The leather I use is stiffer than what most purses are made of. It softens and darkens with time, so the more you use your clutch the more of a story it will show.” Walter & George clutch, $78, and bleached canvas pouches, $18–$40; Dear Survivor “Anza” necklace, $50

The former, helmed by owner Melissa George, is known for her hand-stitched, go-with-anything envelope clutches. The latter, launched by Christine Longoria, also offers jewelry, like her best-selling cluster studs, and donates a portion of all proceeds to nonprofits that support survivors of human trafficking. Together their simple, artful styles are a collab made in heaven.

“I worked as a production seamstress in L.A. for a few years, so I do my work with an industrial sewing machine, and source my leathers based on texture, pliability, and seasonal colors,” Longoria says. Walter & George “Hope” bucket tote, $180–$248; Dear Survivor tote, $225

walterandgeorge

dearsurvivor

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

11 Off-Site Events during Comic-Con 2017

No badge, no problem—these happenings are free and open to the public

San Diego Neighborhood Guide: East Village

Slick high-rises, spacious restaurants, craft beer hubs, and cool boutiques are filling this quickly changing neighborhood

Inside Susan Madden Lankford's North County Ranch

The Smarts Farm founder restored an original Lilian Rice house to its former glory
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Jason Mraz Is Growing Coffee on a Farm in Oceanside
    We spoke to the musician about all the whys — why food, why farming, why Oceanside, why coffee?
  2. San Diego Fourth of July Guide 2017
    Celebrate Independence Day all weekend long with fireworks, festivals, parades, drink specials, and more
  3. San Diego's Best Restaurants 2017
    The top tacos, chicken wings, seafood, burgers, kid-friendly eateries, breweries, and more
  4. The Man Behind San Diego's $26 Billion Company
    Will Illumina's new hotshot CEO be able to lead the San Diego genomics giant into the complex world of clinical care?
  5. Celebrating Women: Shanna Missett Nelson
    Like a good dancer, the Jazzercise president has mastered her balance—of career, family, and life
  6. San Diego's Restaurant Bubble Is About to Burst
    Restaurants are facing rising costs, cultural shifts, and other challenges
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

9 Reasons You Need a Better Barber

Get the look and service you deserve at this East Village salon

Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags