Fashion

M-A grads Greg Kalin and Rich Branning take ClosetClicks to its next phase

You’ve got to give M-A grads and friends-since-Hillview-School-days Greg Kalin (left in photo) and Rich Branning credit for looking the part. If you’re going to start a women’s fashion website — ClosetClicks — it’s best to look sharp. “We do try to present ourselves in a certain way,” acknowledged Greg. The duo, along with Rich’s younger brother, […]

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Hats, shoes, gloves, and more – take your pick at Blue Illusion

Blue Illusion (779 Santa Cruz Ave.) opened at the end of the summer. It’s an Australian chain that features French-influenced clothes. When we talked to store manager Adriana Ivanov, she stressed that all stores try to forge a community presence through fundraising efforts. There are lots of gift items available. Pictured here are hats from $39, soaps […]

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Stylish winter looks come in brown at Graciana

Editor’s note: We’re highlighting holiday gift ideas that can be purchased in Menlo Park. Designated downtown parking lots have extended holiday hours — up to three hours. When we interviewed Graciana owner Diana Ferrari earlier this year, she commented how black remains a favorite customer color. But for the holiday season, the store has some potential […]

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Gitane owner Malika suggests accessories and jewelry as great holiday gifts

Editor’s note: We’re highlighting holiday gift ideas that can be purchased in Menlo Park with the idea of shopping local. Designated downtown parking lots have extended holiday hours — up to three hours. Malika, who owns Gitane at 855 Santa Cruz Avenue, likes to point out that she has gift items for both mothers and daughters, in other […]

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Lee Murphy makes sure Kicks offers a wide range of apparel at various prices

Editor’s note: We’re highlighting holiday gift ideas that can be purchased in Menlo Park. Designated downtown parking lots have extended holiday hours — up to three hours. Customers know when they walk into Kicks ( 1060 Evelyn St.) that they’ll get good advice from owner Lee Murphy. She’s shared her knowledge about clothing and accessorizing for […]

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Getting up to date with Beth Philbin about her Heart on Your Wrist jewelry business

We heard that changes were afoot at Beth Philbin’s jewelry making location, Heart on Your Wrist. For one, the Menalto Corners/Willows neighborhood business now includes a retail shop. “We launched as an online store and used this space to make the jewelry,” said Beth. “But I always wanted a storefront. And even though we really didn’t have […]

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A bit of Down Under with a dash of French comes to Menlo Park with the arrival of Blue Illusion

Local shoppers who’ve spent the last couple of years feeling downcast when walking by what was the popular clothing store Alta now have the opportunity to welcome an import from Australia.  In mid-September, Blue Illusion opened its door officially after a four-week soft opening. “Even though we have over a 120 boutiques spread over Australia and New Zealand, […]

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M-A alums found online site that creates virtual closets that can be shared with friends

Have you ever dreamed of having your very own virtual closet? Do you ever want to share your outfits with friends? Well if you do, Closetclicks is the perfect website for you. It is an online site that gives users the ability to create their own unique outfits and then share those designs with friends. Menlo-Atherton […]

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Contemporary fashions and customer care is offered by Diana Ferrari at her Menlo Park boutique Graciana

It was amber, which she imported from her native Poland, that led Graciana Boutique owner Diana Ferrari to the world of fashion and jewelry. “I was living on the East Coast when I came to visit my brother in San Francisco,” she recalls. “The weather was gorgeous in December and I moved West. For many […]

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A bit of Menlo spotted at opening gala for new Bloomingdale’s store at Stanford Shopping Center

The store — Bloomingdale’s —  and the featured performer at the opening gala last night — Alexa Ray Joel (daughter of Billy) — may have roots in New York but there was a dollop of Menlo Park and Atherton at the party, too. Upon entering, attendees were greeted by a splendid table of flowers arranged by Menlo Park’s J […]

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Lee Murphy celebrates 20 years as merchant in downtown Menlo Park

Balloons and a Happy Anniversary sign were the outward signs of what was being celebrated inside Lee Murphy‘s clothing store, Kicks, marking her 20th year as a merchant in downtown Menlo Park, first at Calla (now under separate ownership) and then her current store. Women who had come to toast her were also buying; the […]

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