Mint & Mingle~Viewing an Exhibit in the Old Mint Without the Wine Tasting

We sold out the wine tasting feature of our Mint & Mingle, but you can still join fellow members to view the "Gray Lady", which opened in 1874 and turned over to the City by the U.S. Treasury in 2003 and used only sporadically for private events and the occasional exhibit, while it tries to raise funds to turn it into a city history museum.  See the wonderful photos of the mint down through time on the Museum homepage

Sign in at 54 Mint behind the mint off the Plaza and to get your name tag.  Pay $10 admission at the museum. The number attending refers to members and guests of six meetups taken together.

This is a rare chance to view the interior while enjoying an enticing exhibition. Afterward, we cross the street to Gallery/Bar 4N5 for some for some very special green/natural/sustainable/organic wines and munchies.

The exhibit is entitled San Francisco Style, showcasing the styles and fashions of San Francisco throughout history.

Fashion is the ultimate artistic expression of individual style, and San Francisco has had an influence on the way people dress dating back to the 19th century.

Most famously, the city is known as the birthplace of blue jeans. The world’s best selling item of clothing and one of the greatest icons of modern fashion, blue jeans were invented in San Francisco by Levi Strauss in 1873. In the 1950s, the blue denim synonymous for decades with hard, honest work became a symbol of rebellious youth when sported by screen idols like James Dean and Marlon Brando. Blue jeans have since entered the high fashion vocabulary and are ubiquitous. Today jeans are part of the repertoire of haute couture houses like Armani, Valentino and Chanel.

The whimsical, irreverent attire of the Haight-Ashbury’s Flower Children in the 1960s has influenced clothing designers as diverse as Jessica McClintock and Betsey Johnson. In the late 1960s Bill Kelly, Stanley Mouse and others set up a studio in Mill Valley to produce designs expressly for T-shirts, thus putting fine art on what had previously been regarded as a merely utilitarian article of clothing. Since the ’60s the influence of San Francisco’s clothing designers has only continued to create new fashion trends: Don and Doris Fisher’s Gap, Susie and Doug Tompkins’ Esprit, Mel and Patricia Ziegler’s Banana Republic, the list goes on and on.

If there’s one thing San Francisco’s clothing designers have done collectively, it is to inspire the world to dress with imagination and to dress for comfort without ever losing a sense of style.


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