Must bravery or stupidity underwrite every bold life decision?

Illustration: Jeffrey Fletcher

When I shared my intention to move across the country, the questions began coming as if on a conveyor belt. Predictable and uniform. Are you keeping your job? Do you have an apartment yet? Why?

I imagined myself as a mysterious figure giving a press conference. With a twinge of…

Mask Envy

Laureano Faedi is sewing his way through his enormous collection of textiles

A person wearing a button-up shirt, round glasses, a wide-brimmed straw hat, and a face mask with a diamond pattern.
Photos courtesy of Laureano Faedi

This story is part of our series Mask Envy, where we showcase San Franciscans’ creativity and take a look at some of the coolest masks spotted around the city. Have a look you want to submit? Email us.

There’s a little something for everyone at Paloma, a goods and apparel…

Mask Envy

Not only beautiful and comfortable, these masks are also ethical, sustainable, and inclusive

4 shimmery cloth facemasks. Three are solid-colored neutrals and one has sequined blue, purple, and gray stripes.
Photos courtesy of Taylor Jay

This story is part of our series “Mask Envy,” where we showcase San Franciscans’ creativity and take a look at some of the coolest masks spotted around the city. Have a look you want to submit? Email us.

Remember back in March when people were cutting up old T-shirts to…

The Bold Italic’s 2020 Awards

MasksByMisty offers a huge selection of masks from a variety of prints

A person wearing a face mask made of cloth with a waterfowl motif.
Photo courtesy of MasksByMisty

This article is part of The Bold Italic’s 2020 Awards, which celebrate the Bay Area’s small businesses and local residents who have hustled and shown creativity throughout 2020. See all of the award winners here.

Back in the spring, huge fashion brands weren’t the only ones pivoting to mask production…

The Bold Italic’s 2020 Awards

The folks at Blüm are as much about lifestyle and entertainment as they are about high-quality products

A person with a purple hoodie and sports sunglasses smoking a joint outside the Blüm storefront. #BlumProudly
Photo: Blüm

This article is part of The Bold Italic’s 2020 Awards, which celebrate the Bay Area’s small businesses and local residents who have hustled and shown creativity throughout 2020. See all the award winners here.

There are your typical dispensaries that sell flower, pre-rolls, maybe some edibles — and then there’s…

The Bold Italic’s 2020 Awards

The Apothecarium managed to expand its offerings and locations despite a rocky year

A spacious dispensary. A budtender helps a customer at the counter. 2 people talk on a couch. 1 person’s walking in.
Photo: The Apothecarium

This article is part of The Bold Italic’s 2020 Awards, which celebrate the Bay Area’s small businesses and local residents who have hustled and shown creativity throughout 2020. See all the award winners here.

The experience of buying weed has certainly come a long way, and The Apothecarium stands at…

Mask Envy

From video games to sparkles to artistic collabs, these masks make bold accessories

A person wearing a jeweled face mask posing in a sleeveless dark-purple dress in front of a rainbow mural of Laverne Cox.
Photo courtesy of Saul Sugarman

This story is part of our series Mask Envy, where we showcase San Franciscans’ creativity and take a look at some of the coolest masks spotted around the city. Have a look you want to submit? Email info@thebolditalic.com.

He’s a journalist. An author. A clothing designer. An events producer. A…

SF Throwbacks

It was like a spaceship had landed in SoMA full of the latest cutting-edge technology

View of the Metreon building taken from the street.
Photo: New America Media via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

This article is part of SF Throwbacks, a feature series that tells the stories behind historic photos of San Francisco in order to learn more about our city’s past.

The Sony Metreon opened in San Francisco the week of my sixth birthday. It was 1999, at the height of the…

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