Cuyana’s Fillmore Street Store Lets You Try Luxury Leather Bags Before You Buy + SF More Style

Grab a leather tote or backpack for a whirlwind week before hitting your Apple Pay. Not interested? No problem.

Plus, a pair of local artists are curating a pop-up gallery in Hayes Valley, and Chinese seamstress Guo Pei (who has caused a stir with her current Legion of Honor exhibit) has just launched a stunning collection for the Rug Company. .


Cuyana tries “try before you buy”.

(Courtesy of Cuyana)

Now you can try these fewer and better things before you commit. Cuyana, the SF brand adored for its high-quality, functional essentials, has just launched a try-before-you-buy program at its Fillmore Street store. Here’s the deal: choose one of four delicious Cuyana leather bags (the double loop bag, leather backpack, catch-all system and beginner easy tote) to test for seven days. When the week is over? You can either buy it, return it, or take it for a ride with another beauty.

So why is the company trying the TBYB game?

“It’s important to us to ensure that our customers make purchases that not only match their style, but fit seamlessly into their daily needs and routine,” says Karla Gallado, co-founder/CEO of Cuyana.

Because sometimes it takes several tries to find the perfect handle.

// 2116 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), cuyana.com

Artists Erin Hupp and Jaime Lovejoy team up for a glorious SF pop-up gallery.

Abstract artist Jaime Lovejoy and ceramicist Erin Hupp.

We all need more art in our lives (and homes), but it’s not always easy to schedule time to catch the latest museum exhibit or visit a favorite gallery. That’s exactly why you should be thrilled that starting October 15, you can get a little taste and plenty of inspiration before or after running errands, sipping a ritual, and eating A Mano pasta in Hayes Valley. The Gallery Pop-up will be a month-long event curated by ceramicist Erin Hupp and abstract artist Jaime Lovejoy. Translation: Each time you visit, at least one of the artists will be there to provide the inside scoop and process for all of the artwork on display (and for sale).

“Visitors and passers-by love to see more art in the neighborhood – a welcome resurgence of activity in otherwise empty/boarded-up spaces,” Lovejoy says.

// From noon to 6 p.m., from October 15 to November 13; 327 Hayes Street (Valley of Hayes), erinnhuppceramics, jaimelovejoy.com

The Rug Company launches a Guo Pei collection. Obviously, your digs need a museum-worthy rug.

(Courtesy of The Rug Company)

Rugs designed by China’s first fashion designer, Guo Pei, are just as gorgeous as his wearable works of art. (PSA: The Guo Pei: couture fantasy the exhibition runs through November 27 at the Legion of Honor.) There are seven stunning rugs and two cushions to admire and purchase from The Rug Company’s Guo Pei Collection, aptly named Opulent Nature.

Each rug is woven by expert artisans in Nepal using the finest wool and silk. TRC and GP share a passion for preserving traditional techniques through contemporary styles and cultures.

“In developing the Opulent Nature collection, I wanted to tap into the rich heritage and tradition of Chinese culture. It was important to reflect its beauty through the careful application of patterns, symbols and ideas, and to develop them in a visually appealing way,” explains the designer.

The thing is, whether or not you can drop several thousand dollars on a rug (cushions are $999), it’s worth visiting the San Francisco showroom just to see the inspiring wares. You know, like visiting your favorite museum.

// 722 Montgomery Street (Jackson Square), therugcompany.com

Ethel J. Montes