It would be an understatement to say that Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton, owners of the newly opened Hudson Grace in San Francisco, are no strangers to retail: their mentors include Chuck Williams (Williams-Sonoma founder), Mickey Drexler (famed retail impresario), and Don Fisher (Gap founder).
It was a life long dream that motivated the pair to open their own store that specializes in an array of goods for the home ranging from simple white dinnerware, linens. vintage hotel silver, flatware from Europe, to other found objects. As McNatton explains, "To be a true merchant without being edited to within an inch of your life by numbers people and committees is a whole other ball game. And if not now, when?" For more, visit Hudson Grace.
Above: The store, located on Sacramento Street in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, was designed by Michael Bodziner of Gensler.
Above: Hand-woven willow baskets in a washed gray from the Philippines, with prices ranging from $29 to $379. The hand-poured candles are made for Hudson Grace in San MIguel Allende and come in pillars, votives, and tapers with prices beginning at $3.50.
Above: Linens, silverware, and ceramics on display. As Totah explains, "Gary and I both love to cook and entertain, and wanted a shop where you can pick up 12 linen napkins, 24 wine glasses, or the perfect oversized salad bowl for your dinner party tonight".
Above: White dinnerware displayed on a table. The store offers a selection of hide rugs beginning at $595 for neutral colors. The large orange hide shown here is dyed and is $995. The stools are vintage with the bases made from Singer sewing machine stools with reclaimed wood tops; $325 each.
Above: "Don Fisher once told me as I sat in my rooftop office overlooking the SF Bay and endless sky, 'You can think as far as you can see, now look at your view,'' " McNatton says. We'd have to say the view looks pretty good for both McNatton and Totah.
Check out our post on March, another Sacramento Street find.
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