Hyphen Gift Guide: The Gettin' Pretty Edition

December 13, 2011

The Tatooine Men's Charcoal Gray Vest from Estrella Tadeo.

It's the holiday shopping season. It's cold, it's stressful, and in your
compromised state of mind those Forever Lazy infomercials
are starting to make a whole lotta sense...

Hey, look alive! Hyphen is here to help you get through the holidays and the onerous task of gift-buying with tips on how to stay dapper this season. We've compiled a list of some independent jewelry, clothing, and beauty/hair designers to inspire you as you set forth on a mission to keep you and your loved ones looking fine as you head into 2012.



Everyone knows that jewelry is pleasing to the eye, but Brooklyn based
filmmaker and jewelry designer Rammy Lee Park ups the aesthetic ante by using
travel and diverse locales -- such as Death Valley, New York City, Istanbul and
Seoul -- to inspire her pieces.

Starting today, Tuesday Dec 13, Hyphen readers can get 10% off the entire collection when they shop online and enter the promo code HYPHEN. The offer is
good until 11:59pm Sunday, December 18th for holiday delivery. Quantities are

Rocksmith Tokyo

East Coasters can stop in at this Lower East Side retail store for apparel inspired by hip hop’s finest and Japanese and NYC streetwear. Don’t know Jay-Z from Young Jeezy and feeling self-conscious about it? You can still browse Rocksmith’s goods on Karmaloop.com
to get a gift for that younger sibling or cousin.

153 Stanton Street

New York, NY 10002

Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-7:00

Monday by appointment only



Hyphen also wants to shout out our generous and stylish friends who have sponsored our past events.

Bok Choy


Antony Ho and Brian Yee give up-and-coming designers a chance to shine and nonprofits a chance to raise funds with these Asian American-inspired t-shirts.

Estrella Tadeo

Based in San Francisco, Estrella Tadeo designs men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and men’s customized vintage clothing. Tadeo also runs a co-op boutique, The Mission Statement, which features all local independent designers.


Owners Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan and over 200 international designers
craft art gallery-inspired apparel, accessories and housewares for you and your



San Francisco based Julia Rhee and Jenny Ton revamp vintage and pre-owned apparel, and show us how fashionable environmental sustainability can be. Also check out their Community Heroes lookbook which celebrates local movers and shakers who are making a difference.


Yosh Han

Sure, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears prance around in mythical forests to hawk their perfumes, but do they care if the fragrances are right for you? Perfumer Yosh Han not only wants to stimulate your olfactory senses but help you connect physically and mentally to a personalized blend of scents.


In addition to being a freelance stylist and one of the founders of San Francisco’s Dekko salon, Juju Chan runs her own blog and sells her popular JUJUChan Texture Powder Styler online.


Sylvie Kim

contributing editor & blogger

Sylvie Kim is a contributing editor at Hyphen. She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

She writes about gender, race, class and privilege in pop culture and media (fun fun fun!) at www.sylvie-kim.com and at SF Weekly's The Exhibitionist blog. Her work has also appeared on Racialicious and Salon.