Our favorite thing at Fashionista San Francisco is finding new items to take care of ourselves with, especially in the New Year! There is nothing better than spending your time lazily browsing around a shop sniffing all of the different scents (a few times) only to settle on one that is oh so uniquely you. It gets wrapped up in a pretty bag, you take it home, and every time you are getting ready and you reach for it’s beautiful packaging up on your dressing table (insert hand cream, lip balm, perfume here) you feel like you are finally taking that moment out for yourself. It’s one of our favorite rituals and we have found just this experience in elizabeth W ~ the ultimate combination of impeccable craftsmanship and buying local. From perfumes and candles, to lotions, creams, and bath salts their boutique is brimming with goodies.
You can find elizabeth W in chic stores (Anthropologie, Neiman’s, Saks, Nordstroms, Harrods in London) and luxury hotels (Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, St. Regis) on 5 continents but our fave place to find it is at their flagship boutique here in Ghirardelli Square! All of the products are hand made right here in Russian Hill where the artisans live near by and walk to work. If that doesn’t paint a quaint enough picture to make you run down and support them imagine this…all of their packaging is made in house on a vintage letter press! To die for!
In all seriousness we haven’t come across a company like this ever and think that it’s important that we take note. Not only are the products ultra luxurious but this is the ultimate in buying local. The backstory is just as enchanting…
Formerly an architect, Albert Nichols named his San Francisco perfumery after Elizabeth Wightman, his great-grandmother who founded a ranch in the Sierra Nevadas in the 1800s. He says his strongest memories are the scents of summer as a kid on Elizabeth’s ranch. Violets, roses, lilacs, and magnolias surrounded the house, while inside, the kitchen was filled with freshly picked lavender, rosemary, and sage. Fragrance enveloped him and became his fascination. Before launching into the rarefied air of the perfume world, he was an architect. In 1995, he devoted himself to his true passion and created a perfumery and we are all soooo thankful. His business partner Michael Lindsay is from London, with a long and cherished family history in textile and fashion design. Together they bring us these beautiful products.
Our pick of the litter is the Citrus Verbena Shea Butter Body Cream. Head on down to Ghirardelli Square, get a sundae, and then treat yourself to something elizabeth W. Stay tuned later this week ….there may just be a special giveaway!