Going the Distance

Owning a gallery is a powerful fantasy. Newly minted art school graduates and young entrepreneurs daydream about expansive, carefully lit retail spaces filled with handcrafted objects that eager customers will immediately whip out their credit cards to buy.

Anya SF

Anja Broenink of Anya SF studied fashion design in the Netherlands, and worked for several years in the fashion industry in Paris and Amsterdam before making the transatlantic move to San Francisco, where she launched her clothing line in 2003.


“I am absolutely obsessed with bamboo fiber,” exclaims Anna Shapiro of Annaesthetic in Staunton, Va. Not only is it an eco-friendly, sustainable material, bamboo fiber also has a beautiful drape, slight sheen and is lightweight, allowing customers to wear her dresses, scarves and wraps year-round.