A glance at the window, propped with unusual jewellery designs and a sprinkling of handbags and totes, tells Hayes Valley passers-by that Lava9 might be an interesting place to go shopping in San Francisco. Actually, this leather goods boutique, which specialises in custom outerwear, is one of San Francisco’s best kept shopping secrets. Considering the quality, prices are reasonable-an original jacket might cost $650 at most-and given the custom detailing, you won’t see your duds on the folks back home. A large selection of handmade arty jewellery is among the best in town, as is the crop of bags, belts, and small leather goods from companies like Rudsak and Hobo.
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