It's time to tour the Old Mint which some members of various meetups last visited almost three years ago. This historic building, which opened in 1874, was turned over to the City by the U.S. Treasury in 2003 and used only sporadically for a few public and private events 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 (http://www.sfhistory.org/)
This is a rare chance to view the interior while enjoying a fascinating exhibition... Afterward, we walk over to a nearby location for some special wines and munchies.
The exhibit is entitled'San Francisco Style, showcasing the styles and fashions of San Francisco from the 1850s to the 1970s.
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.
Because of the linkage of the Gold Rush to the Mint, and in keeping with Earth Day, we intend to feature ecofriendly wines from the Gold Country.The tasting mingle will occur in THE PICKWICK HOTEL just across the street from the Old Mint building (--Gallery Bar 4N5 is no longer available since it is closing for several months to upgrade its facility). Wines provided by wine.coop which you can join at the event for significant savings.
Prepaid Ticket, includes admission to the exhibit plus the tasting: $25 through March 20th then goes up to $30. Discount advance payment includes a FREE BOTTLE OF CERTIFIED ORGANIC WINE (no sulfites added) as well as the $10 admission to the Mint. Go to:
http://mintandmingle.eventbrite.com/. (almost sold out)
Refunds given up to April 15th (tax day)