Furniture by Yabette: Steampunk Style

Greetings, home decor aficionado! It is time again for a mini-retrospective of the amazing art furniture by Yabette!  Swankety Swank was founded upon “Honoring Beauty, Earth and Age” and today we showcase three amazing Steampunk inspired pieces that do just that!

Steampunk “is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.  The term denotes fictional works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used, usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain. It has prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy; and it often features anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them.”

Dragon Cabinet

This Dragon Cabinet commission is one of Yabette’s more recent pieces.  The client wanted a clockwork dragon and boy, did Yabette deliver!  Composed of gears and covered in rivets, this draconic guardian is sure to keep unwanted folks away from the liquor inside! Continue reading

A Swankety Swank Faerie Tale

Ladies and gentlemen, creatures of all shapes and sizes, persuasions and intentions, allow me to introduce to you A Swankety Swank Fairy Tale!

Narrator STORM tells the tale

Once upon a time in a deep dark forest, there lived a princess who created original handmade faerie fashions. She and her friends loved to dress up in the clothes they made, dancing and storytelling until the early morning. Continue reading

Indie Artist Trunk Sale This Saturday!

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At Swankety Swank, we are bustlin’ with excitement about the vendors we have participating in this Saturday’s Indie Artist Trunk Sale!  Here are a few items by their respective creators so you can get a sampling of some of the amazing one of a kind handcrafted work that will be available to you!

Kim of Krafty Kitten has been sewing since she was 8 years old and is inspired by rockabilly, cholabilly, psychobilly, pin up, punk and mexican culture.  Above, Krafty Kitten showcases a blue and white polka dot halter dress.

Sayuri Designs creates handcrafted feather accessories for hat and hair!

Salvaged and Stitched produces unique hand made home decor!

Ryan Humphries creates etchings, woodcuts, screenprints, monoprints, drawings, ceramic sculpture and oil paintings. His work combines disciplined, delicate draughtsmanship with unihibited imagination.

Satin Corset creates jewelry that evokes vintage, antique and Victorian nostalgia.  They describe their work as “Sweet, vintage chic. Victorian opulence. Charmingly antique, rustic redux. Flowers, pearls, glass, antique brass, little details, sparks of color & whimsy.”

Yabette and the Swankettes at Lyres & Lace

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of accompanying Yabette and her Swankettes (aka:  models) Katherine, Eartha, Dex, and Andrew to the Lyres and Lace: Music and Fashion Show at the Swedish American Hall.  For this show, Yabette combined her sustainable and up-cycled fashion pieces with hand-painted canvas corsets and patches, creating wearable art.  When the crew arrived, we were immediately sent to a photo session set-up by the organizers.  It was a bit chaotic, as all the participating designers’ models came in and out to have their photos taken before going on the catwalk.  It was here that I got a really good look at Yabette’s work.  Her goals for “Honoring Beauty, Earth, and Age” were well represented.  Yabette’s artwork translates well to fashion because the expression of movement only enhances the beauty of her designs.  She was unique in having the only male model and the only plus-sized model in the show.   The setting of the Swedish American Hall was the perfect backdrop for this music and fashion show and we were really inspired by the environment, the musicians, and the other designers.   Overall, the night was a smashing success.

See something you love?  Can’t live without?  All pieces are available for purchase at Swankety Swank.

Photographs and writing by Aurelie Sandrine

Spring Into Swankness!

All of us at Swankety Swank simply adore spring time!  We love the sights and sounds of the city coming to life, we love to clean out the dusty corners of our closets and under our beds, and we love to present the best handcrafted goods that we can!  We do our best to present a different experience every time you step inside 289 Divisadero St.  When was the last time you visited Swankety Swank?

Swankety Swank view from front door

Here’s a glimpse of what Swankety Swank is showcasing today!  In front, Yabette’s fabulous sideboard dresser is adorned with painted tree blossoms and natural orchids (center) by Laura Parson.  Beyond that is more amazing one of a kind chairs, tables and dressers beautifully handpainted with love (and sealed with a top coat)!

Swankety Swank mannequin & artwork The glamourous glittery painting is by Kurtis Rykovich (who has three awesome pieces in our store right now), the handcarved fish are made by J.B. Ward,  and the Ode to the Neverwas Haul buffet is by Yabette.  The mannequin stands at permanent attention in a hat & bolero by DAS+OWL, bustier by gibbous, skirt by Wysterium, and leggings by Miranda Caroligne.  Check out the detail on that skirt!  I don’t know if that mannequin appreciates the solid construction she’s wearing, but I certainly do!
Envelopes, talismans & socks by Novy Celebrated spray paint artist, Jeremy Novy has envelopes, talismans, socks and shirts (not pictured here) for sale.
Zodiac paintings by PhoenixSuperstar artist Phoenix has miniature paintings for sale.  These three celebrate the Zodiac signs of Pisces, Libra and Gemini!  You have to see these exquisite pieces in person to truly appreciate them!

The gorgeous artwork of Simone Coulars The splendid colors of Simone Coulars’ paintings radiate above a rack of original upcycled fashions.  Simone has four large paintings in our store right now as well as three tiny paintings.  Her glossy finishes and effusive color choices are wonders to behold!  Again, you need to see them in person!  Art like this was not meant to be viewed online!
Vintage orange rococo upholstered chairA vintage orange rococo upholstered chair lights up the corner!  That’s right, the chair and the fabric are vintage, but the upholstering is brand new!  This is a beautiful one of a kind piece of work!

Project TransAction & by NievesThe top shelf shows off smart looking cuffs and wallets by Project TransAction (we also have belts!), while the lower shelf displays the wondrous skin care by Nieves.  I use the Nieves skincare line and have enjoyed the results!  There’s natural anti-bacterial Protection Spray, bath salts and more!

So now you know about a few of the well-crafted goodies awaiting you inside of our store!  Remember, Swankety Swank supports local artists who create original work.  When you shop here, you support your community and local economy!  We look forward to your visits!

Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution!

The San Francisco Examiner’s Samuel Fleming Lewis writes about Swankety Swank in his column this week!  Check out the following paragraph and then go read the whole article!

“Yabette is a leader of a mini revolution. Everything in her store is handmade and produced by local artists and designers of every kind. Fashion, writing, illustration, craft, photography, furniture, jewelry, fine art and accessories are all part of the creative mix represented at Swankety Swank.”

The House of Swankety Swank Presents: The Emerald Moon Affair

Beltaine:  When sky and earth collide, the fires of creativity are ignited…
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Lords and Ladies, don your finery and join us on May 1st from 7pm until 11pm as we celebrate the Beltaine Spirit of Spring’s Awakening with Art, Fashion, Music and Revelry!

Artwork by:
T. W. Chui
Laura Parsons
Kathryn Bernard
Sarah Woodward

Fashions by:


Music by Foxtails Brigade

Also featuring Heroic Tarot by STORM!  Receive a 3-card reading and discover reflection through STORM’s signature divination skills!

Join us as we reflect on the growth we have achieved this year and tie on a ribbon of intention on our Maypole!

$10 Sliding Scale Admission.

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