Thread SF 2008, The Galleria


Sun 11/16 (12PM) @ The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center

101 Henry Adams St. San Francisco, CA   Map
  • Cost: $10 – $25
  • Official Site:
  • PRE-PURCHASE – $10.00
    Save $5 when you pre-purchase tickets online. Ticket price at the door will be $15
  • VIP TICKET – $25.00
    Includes: Entry to exclusive pre-view hour 11 a.m – 12 noon + Complimentary cocktails all day + Thread Gift Bag
  • GROUP TICKET – $80.00
    Get 10 of your friends in for $2 bucks less + Complimentary cocktails all day for all in your group


Macy’s Passport 2008

Macy’s Passport 2008, commemorating an iconic quarter-century of unparalleled men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, state-of-the art theatrics, celebrity guests and unwavering dedication to our HIV/AIDS community. Since the onset of the AIDS pandemic in the early 1980’s, Macy’s in steadfast partnership with our sponsors, top designers and community organizations has raised invaluable awareness and over $27 million toward saving lives.

Now in its 26th year, Macy’s Passport is the result of fashion and compassion joining forces for the common good. One of the best-loved fashion theatre events in America, it’s also the one with the biggest heart.

It all began in 1980, when Macy’s presented “GQ Live,” a men’s fashion show featuring American designers in the employee cafeteria of Macy’s San Francisco. The initial audience totaled 300 people large, to ensure that the following year, an “American Designers” show was held in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Union Square Park.

Creative wheels started to turn and the vision grew. More than 2,000 supporters attended the 1983 show, making it official Macy’s Passport was a hit!

In 1987, Hollywood legend and AIDS activist Dame Elizabeth Taylor made her debut appearance at Macy’s Passport, elevating the show to a new level. One year later, the show stepped up again. Macy’s, in a pivotal and pioneering move, turned Passport into a benefit for six Bay Area AIDS agencies, thereby becoming one of the first companies in the United States to recognize the need for AIDS fundraising and to shine a light on the intensity of the pandemic.

By 1992, Macy’s Passport hit its stride with the 10th Anniversary show featuring supermodels Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington on the runway. Swatch, one of the show’s sponsors, released a limited-edition watch designed by Vivienne Westwood, sales of which helped triple Passport’s previous fundraising efforts. All told, $250,000 was donated to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Shanti Project.

By the mid ’90s, Macy’s Passport became known as a unique and powerful fashion fundraiser. With its reputation spreading far outside of San Francisco, the show went on the road and became an annual event in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Building yearly on its success, in 1996, with help from Founding Chair Dame Elizabeth Taylor and basketball star and HIV/AIDS activist Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Macy’s Passport raised a record-breaking $1.5 million. Hollywood embraced the event, and over the years, the celebrities who’ve graced the stage reads like the “A list”: Sharon Stone, Annette Bening, Tyra Banks, Macy Gray, Cindy Crawford, Tina Turner, Will Smith, Liza Minnelli, k.d. lang, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Combs and Mary J. Blige. The best and the brightest names from the world of fashion have also taken Macy’s Passport to heart, with Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors lending their talents. Every year Macy’s Passport shined causing audience members to wonder how the show could possibly top itself…

But top itself it did! In 2000, Macy’s invited this talented musical dance group of Ugandan orphans, to perform at that year’s show. It was an obvious and natural partnership to all those involved with Passport. As orphans of AIDS, these young people knew first-hand of the devastation caused by the pandemic; as gifted performers, they understood the talent and presence necessary to capture the stage. With their performance at Macy’s Passport, the children electrified the crowd demonstrating the power of the human spirit to transcend adversity and ultimately gain victory over this terrible disease.

In 2007 Passport celebrated its 25th anniversary, surpassing $27 million raised for the HIV/AIDS organizations that serve our local communities.

It is in the spirit of Macy’s Passport that we continue our mission of AIDS fundraising on a worldwide stage. We salute all those who have the vision, courage and compassion to make a positive difference in the world and thus, change the future of HIV/AIDS.


Capsule SF 2008, Hayes Valley

CAPSULE is a twice a year design festival that creates a market for original, and inspired creations. Drawing 800 festival-goers, CAPSULE has since grown into the largest marketer of independent designers in San Francisco, creating a force that is starting to pull independent designers from the Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle regions. This year’s CAPSULE shows will be hosting 160 designers in Hayes Valley, in May and October, drawing an expected 6,000 shoppers per show.

San Francisco is at the center of a consumer movement to support original independent design. CAPSULE’s design festival is at the center of the San Francisco independent design community, providing Bay Area designers with a rare opportunity to come together for Northern California’s largest festival for independent design.

Designer registration (click here to register)
To participate in CAPSULE you must be approved as a designer. Click on the link above to go to the registration page.

Guest Registration
Go here to sign up on our email list. This gives you the profound joy of receiving a half dozen emails a year reminding you of CAPSULE events, so you don’t miss them.

Booth Registration
If you are a registered CAPSULE designer, click on one of the upcoming events and reserve your booth space by clicking on the word “AVAILABLE” in any of the booth slots listed to the right.

And lastly, check out the past shows below to get an idea of the kinds of designers who participate.

Eco-Fashion: From Birkenstock to Couture

Eco-Fashion: From Birkenstock to Couture

Tierra Forte, Founder and Designer, Del Forte Denim
Caren Holzman, Director of Category Management, TransFair USA
Zem Joaquin, Director, Global Green Board; Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Ecofabulous; Contributing Editor,
Maggie Kim, Co-founder and Designer, oda, Joslin Van Arsdale, Owner, Eco Citizen

From Birkenstock to Bloomingdale’s, environmentally conscious companies have been raising their profile in the fashion industry. This past decade has witnessed the birth of eco-fashion – stylized clothing that uses environmentally sustainable materials and responsible production techniques. But is eco-fashion really as sensitive as it claims to be, or is this just another superficial fashion hype? What are the forces driving eco-fashion forward? Will consumers always have to balance fashion against sustainability and cost? And if so, what factors affect these decisions? A panel of industry experts – including fashion designers and boutique owners – discusses the eco-fashion movement, its attributes and its future.

Location: Temple, 540 Howard St.
Cost: $15 members, $25 non-members
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. reception and party

The Most Hyperbolically Stupendous Clothing Swap Ever!

What: The Most Hyperbolically Stupendous Clothing Swap Ever!
When: Saturday, September 22nd, noon-3pm
Where: CellSpace (2050 Bryant St. between 18th & 19th) map

  • • Screenprinting and sewing stations,
    • A free drink ticket with entry,
    • Beats by poolboy & d (4handed),
    • Wave after wave of free clothes,
    • Free coffee provided by Meth Coffee,
    • Spontaneous fashion shows,
    • Off-the-grid fashion recycling,
    • And more!
  • Leftover clothing will be donated to local charities, including Dolores Street Community Services, A Safe Place for Women, and The Stop AIDS Project.