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Local love Melissa Joy Manning: Joe Budd (4). others clockwise from top right: Joe Budd (2); Kristen Loken; Erica Shires Homespun Talent » These increasingly popular clothing and jewelry designers all call the East Bay home. 26 theberkeleyoaklandbook.com » Melissa Joy Manning When one of her necklaces appeared on Just Shoot Me in 1997, Melissa Joy Manning took it as a sign to jump headfirst into a career as a jewelry designer. With a focus on sustainable sourcing, Manning has built a cult following around her jewelry, which is found in more than 250 boutiques worldwide. Her work has garnered a fervent celebrity following that includes Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Charlize Theron. Berkeley, 647-9409, melissajoymanning.com. Ali Golden Known for her delicate sheer pieces, Oakland’s Ali Golden creates impeccably crafted tunics, tops, and coats that showcase the designer’s eye for draping and structure. Golden’s pieces retail at Hawthorn (hawthorn boutique.com) and McMullen (shopmcmullen.com), but shoppers in the know visit her studio. Oakland, (805) 340-7086, aligolden.com. Viv and Ingrid UC Berkeley alums Vivian Wang and Ingrid Chen have seen their jewelry grace the covers of magazines and appear in feature films. Their boutique focuses on “happy little luxuries,” such as mini cupcake boxes, customizable monogram necklaces for moms, and candles in pretty packaging. Berkeley, 384-4889, Erica Tanov vivandingrid.com. Berkeley native Erica Tanov opened her first store in 1994 in the Berkeley building where her grandfather once ran his laundry business. Now, she has four stores nationwide, but Tanov still works out of the original building, where she combines eclectic prints and richly textured fabrics, to produce clothes that are dreamy and earthy. Berkeley, 849-3331, ericatanov.com.


The Oakland Berkley Book March 2013
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