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This week, Buy Curious bids a fashionable farewell to a beloved (if not a bit bedraggled) colleague who, in the next month, is getting hitched and moving to New York City. We show him what to wear in the Big Apple. And, as always, we give you the lowdown on craft and sample sales for the supercool, and other events you can't miss ...

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In his decade or so writing for the Express, Chris has seldom appeared at the office without a hooded sweatshirt and ripped jeans (see photo), or a pair of well-loved shorts paired with a favorite T. So we thought he could use a bit of help as he heads off to glammified NYC, where he'll be movin' and shakin' with the best of 'em as a reporter at the city's finest rag. (And not in shorts, we might add. Not ever!) After all, we want nothing more than for him to make a good impression... Introducing...Chris in New York City! chris%20summer%20suit_text.JPG blue%20striped%20cardigan%20%20resized.JPG chris%20as%20rupert%20resized.JPG chris%20clubbing%20resized.JPG chris%20the%20sailor_resized.JPG chris%20brad%20with%20glasses--resized.jpg And as for this outfit...well, let's just say that Chris will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of a story... chris%20village%20voice.jpg

SHOP TALK

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Back in the day, crafting wasn't a hipster hobby but a necessity and way of life. As the industrial and manufacturing sector exploded, knowing how to knit a sweater or even fix a button became nearly-obsolete skills. But a new generation of crafters is discovering the joys of making things--and luckily, there's a sizeable customer base itching for kitschy items you can't find at Target. A group of friends in Boston decided to capitalize on this craze in 2001 by launching a DIY craft-fair called Bazaar Bizarre. Three years later, the event spread to Los Angeles and Cleveland, then last year Make Magazine included Bazaar Bizarre (also the name of a beloved long-defunct thrift store in Rockridge), as part of SF's annual spring Maker Faire. The event happens this weekend in San Mateo. Check it out! When: Sat., May 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sun. May 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: San Mateo Fairgrounds, 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo How much it'll cost you: $15 for a day pass for adults, $20 for a weekend pass, $5 for kids, $10 for student day pass, $15 for student weekend pass ** Speaking of crafting, how about making it your religion? The Church of Craft is an officially recognized religion in the US, with a local chapter that meets at Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland. Local filmmaker and recent graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism Samantha Grant made this documentary about the Church. Watch the trailer here.

I [Heart] Shopping Local The stellar designer shopping event i {heart} independent is back with a better lineup than ever! Check out discounted apparel, accessories, jewelry, stationary, and more by Mylie, Tara Brown Designs, Emily Tran, Lolo Bags, Kris Nations, and others. Where: Jillian's at the Metreon, 101 4th St., San Francisco When: Sat., May 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. How much it'll cost you: Nada!

Killer Design Festival in Hayes Valley Don't even think about skipping the CAPSULE Design Festival, one of the best shopping events of the year as more than 140 innovative artists and designers of every stripe set up shop in Hayes Valley Park. Whether you've got five bucks to spend or five hundred, there's no way you'll walk away unsatisfied! Tip: Bring water, a snack, and comfortable shoes. And, if you're single, your mojo...this is one heck of a hipster meet market... When: Sun., May 27,11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Where: Octavia Street between Fell and Hayes, San Francisco

Denim Trunk Show Finally tired of your favorite (no more) jeans? Pull on a new pair at this Kasil trunk show with designer David Lim on hand. Save 15 percent off all day! When: Sat., May 19, noon-6 p.m. Where: Azalea Boutique, 411 Hayes St., San Francisco

New Shop & Handbag Line: Twenty Two Shoes Oakland shoe line Twenty Two Shoes not only celebrated the grand opening of its second store in San Francisco this week, but launched a chic new handbag line as well. Where: Twenty Two Shoes, 2277 Union St., San Francisco

Magnetic New Goods Berkeley's Magnet boutique announced the arrival of hot new items for summer, in store now! Check out party dresses from Corey Lynn Calter and Mint, leather sandals, lightweight cotton tops and dresses from Nisa SF, mod headbands from Cookie & the Dude, denim from Paige Premium, Earnest Sewn, Del Forte, and James, capris from Sanctuary, and much more. When: Store Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Where:Magnet, 2508 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

FASHANALYSIS: Style News & Views Not Just For Pandas Anymore The environmentally conscious have long praised bamboo as a material for flooring, furniture, and the like thanks to its fast-growing nature and ability to thrive without many added chemicals. Now, bamboo is emerging as a hot new textile. A recent article in National Geographic revealed that bamboo transforms into a silky fabric that's highly absorbent and antibacterial. China - the world's biggest bamboo producer - stands to benefit from the craze. They exported ten million dollars worth of bamboo for textile manufacture last year. Next on the horizon? Organic bamboo fabric.

Every Friday, Buy Curious dishes on the hottest fashion trends, news, and sales in the East Bay and beyond. If you've got suggestions for shops or Web site to feature, comments on the blog, or a burning style question you'd like us to answer in our occasional column, Buy Clueless, send them our way! Write Kathleen and Lauren at BuyCurious[at]EastBayExpress[dot]com

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