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Maybe you're tired of the suffocating similarity found in many of San Diego's mainstream clothing stores. If you aren't into short skirts that billow like a blowfish with asthma, it may be hard to find options that stray from popular fashion sensibility. For you and those other lost souls like you, trunk shows offer depth to a seemingly shallow world.
Trunk shows give consumers the opportunity to discover designers in a fun, party-like atmosphere. Shows like Visual Graffiti, held downtown at Landlord Jim's, take advantage of a setting where folks can easily interact with one another. "Designers can actually meet consumers, other designers and boutique owners," explains Ginger Placek, a designer who has been organizing trunk shows since she launched her clothing company, 1/8 Fresh, last October.
The concept is catching on in San Diego, home to numerous talented young designers. The Gaslamp's Martini Ranch hosts a local designer showcase from 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Drink specials, manicures and free munchies make the event that much more alluring. S/he's Crafty is a bi-annual craft show produced by the S/he Collective (www.theshecollective.org) featuring up-and-coming San Diego designers and artisans.
For upcoming trunk shows, look for flyers at local boutiques or check CityBeat's listings. The next Visual Graffiti trunk show is scheduled for Friday, August 13 at Rice Jones in Hillcrest, 3687 Fifth Ave., from 5 p.m. to midnight. On Saturday, Aug. 28 Wearhaus hosts a trunk show at DK Hair in Hillcrest (www.wearhaus.org).
"As a consumer you can find really cool, one-of-a-kind items for a lower price than what you can find at a boutique, because you're omitting the middle man," says Placek. At the very least, you'll meet some talented designers whose work challenges the mainstream.