California It-Girl Jenni Kayne Shares Her San Francisco Faves

The quietly chic new Jenni Kayne boutique in Palo Alto.Jenni Kayne is a California classic. Since launching her LA-based collection in 2003, she has built a brand that epitomizes understated West Coast chic. The opening of her boutique in Palo Alto­­—her fifth stand-alone shop in California—gives Bay Area fashionistas the opportunity to immerse themselves in her serene, minimalist aesthetic and shop her clothing, shoes, accessories and carefully curated home wares. “Having a store in Northern California was a dream I had for a long time,” says Kayne. “The space is light, bright, and filled with pieces from my own collection, local designers, and a few other favorites.” Here, Kayne shares her stylish San Francisco go-tos.

Fashion maven Jenni Kayne.1. Cotogna: Quince’s low-key sister restaurant, Cotogna, specializes in locally sourced Northern Italian dishes—the food is easy and delicious. I love the rustic, wood-and-brick design of the space, which also manages to feel airy because of its grand scale.

2. The General Store: My sister Saree first introduced me to General Store years ago, and it now has a location in Venice Beach as well. They have the best selection of vintage and cool finds for every room in the house. The aesthetic is bohemian, rustic, and very California.

3. March: March is one of my favorite home stores of all time; I never leave empty handed. They specialize in clean, classic and beautifully made items for the kitchen and dining room. Everything is impeccably curated; it’ll make you want to rush home and plan a party.

4. Marin Country Mart: This shopping center is owned by the same folks behind the Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles, where our flagship store is located. It has the best curation of shops, from Pressed Juicery to Erica Tanov, and a vibrant farmer’s market that’s open on Saturdays. (Keep an eye out for our debut in 2018!)

Jenny Pennywood kitchen linens from The General Store.5. Quitokeeto: Heidi Swanson’s blog, “101 Cookbooks,” is one of my favorites for easy, soulful, healthful recipes. Her kitchen and household goods store, Quitokeeto, is filled with earthy but minimal ceramics, candles and textiles you see on her site—along with beautiful vintage jewelry, too.

6. Bird Dog: Bird Dog’s chef and owner Robbie Wilson takes inspiration from Northern California and Japanese cuisine, creating small, shareable dishes that run the gamut from raw fish and vegetables to meats. The décor is sophisticated and minimal; it’s the perfect environment for a romantic date or night out with friends.

7. Heath Ceramics: Heath is always a good place for gifts—or building your own collection of tableware. The 18th Street location also has a factory-viewing area, and is adjacent to Tartine Manufactory, so you can make an afternoon of it.

A divinely plated dish at Bird Dog.8. The Mill: For a coffee break or quick bite this hip coffee shop and bakery is a great spot. They also host pizza nights, and sell stylish kitchen and home goods, so if you don’t drink coffee there are still plenty of excuses to pay them a visit.

9. Outerlands: This restaurant is visually stunning—with curved walls covered in weathered wood—and serves delicious, locally sourced, organic American fare. Brunch is beyond busy, but they’re open during the week and in the evening as well.

10. Case for Making: This elevated art store has the prettiest craft supplies, desk goods and gifts. They also host workshops on painting, drawing, and more for those who want to improve their skills while picking up a new set of pastels or paints.

A version of this article appeared in the June/July 2017 issue of SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Most Wanted.