Anica: A Chic Boutique on Polk Street

by jennine on May 12, 2010

anica boutique

When Anica boutique first opened in San Francisco, four years ago, I remember seeing their post cards around the Russian Hill end of Polk Street. Anica has always carried the brands that I drooled over and kept with the times. Right now what’s in stock is Acne, Alexander Wang, Anica’s own line, Lizzie Fortunato, Maison Martin Margiela, Mociun, Opening Ceremony, Rachel Comey, Rosenmunns, and Shin. The boutique is nestled on the pretty side of Polk Street in Russian Hill (I say that lovingly, Polk is one of my favorite streets in San Fransisco), near French cafes, rice pudding shops, antique shops and a few other darling boutiques.

Owner, Rati Sahi, wanted to create a place where women could experiment with clothes in a comfortable setting. Wearing more avant garde clothing can be intimidating for a lot of women who may not be model thin, or used to wearing more experimental silhouettes and textures. Rati gives a lot of personal attention (when needed) to her clients, and encourages a sense of playful chic. Here we talk with Rati about Anica, what’s in store, and what to expect next season…

Wearing: Top: Shin Multi Dress Bottom: T by Alexander Wang Grey Sweatpants Shoes: Dieppa Restrepo Peach Oxfords

Vintage Givenchy Bracelet

Samma Glass Loop Necklacesamma glass loops

Acne Jeans

Rosenmunns See-Thru Top

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Michele G. May 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

Great article! I love the interview and the photography.

jennine May 12, 2010 at 2:12 pm


Abby May 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

Her style’s so unique, but I love it! I love how you included the video interview in this post too! Super interesting.
.-= Abby´s last blog ..Indie Cafe =-.

fashion butter May 12, 2010 at 12:16 pm

that vintage bracelet is screaming my name. I can hear it all the way in Greece. Swear.
.-= fashion butter´s last blog ..Keeping it simple: jeans, a tee … and chain mail =-.

jennine May 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm

i know…that bracelet is amazing.

ashley munns May 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

RosenMunns loves Rati and Anica and The Coveted! Great post!

jennine May 12, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Thanks Ashley! I’m a big fan of Rosenmuns!

Nickie Frye May 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Love both the necklaces, the oxfords, & above all else that incredible sofa! OMIGosh. Will have to check out her shop.
.-= Nickie Frye´s last blog ..vintage Men’s Embroidered Western Shirt L =-.

jennine May 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Oh yes, that sofa is incredible. We got our sofa at the same place…Past Perfect on Lombard. That place is so great.

Midtown Girl May 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Great piece - love how she mixes her pieces! And those shoes are TDF - love the color ;-)

jennine May 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Oh yes, she is great with color isn’t she? I am always afraid of peaches. She mixes her pieces so well… I wish I looked that great in sweatpants…even A.Wang sweats.

Leslie May 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I was gonna say, she makes sweatpants look AMAZING! Consider her store visited. Great post! :)

DailyDivaDish May 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Love the handbag in the video. What an interesting idea - being able to change it’s shape with snaps!
XO Piper
.-= DailyDivaDish´s last blog ..Disposable Fashion’s True Cost =-.

jennine May 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Oh that handbag, I die. It’s amazing what on can do with snaps!

Clare May 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Love her style! I really like that sheer t shirt…

tweet tweet tweet

.-= Clare´s last blog ..Melvin Sokolsky =-.

jennine May 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm

that sheer shirt is darling, i like the little shirt inside it.

Violet Revolution May 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Will have to pay her a visit the next time I’m in SF. Love that necklace!!
.-= Violet Revolution´s last blog ..Q&A: Best Dress for Curvy Figure? =-.

jennine May 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm

you should! it’s such a great place to stop by.

Mo May 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I am totally in love with that top necklace! Great advice to wear what you’re comfortable in and let your personality dictate - love it. I really need another trip to SF.

Lucy May 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

LOL that top is amazing!!
.-= Lucy´s last blog ..American Apparel Brings More More More =-.

miss sophie May 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

oh what a lovely boutique and great interview! i’ve browsed by anica boutique online, and next time i’m in SF i’ll definitely have to stop by. i love her style! just the way i want to dress this spring…
.-= miss sophie´s last blog ..summerweight =-.

MarchMusings May 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Just the kind of shop I’d love to visit. She pulls off the sweatpants really well. And I love the top too.
.-= MarchMusings´s last blog ..This is me 6 # - Double vision =-.

Cristina May 12, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Totally random, but I miss SF! Just seeing that Muni in the background of the picture almost made me cry. I only “lived” there for 3 months while taking a course, but I daydream about going there and staying for as long as I want to (forever, maybe?) And I would so visit this store if I was there right now :/
.-= Cristina´s last blog ..Happy Mother’s Day! =-.

Alicia May 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Wow. I need to put this on my increasingly long list of places to hit up when I finally make it back to S.F. Great interview. =D

the clothing menu May 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

looks like a cool store! i just got back from san fran today - will have to check this out next time i’m there!
.-= the clothing menu´s last blog ..san francisco independent designers =-.

drollgirl May 14, 2010 at 2:52 pm

that necklace is AWESOME.

Allure May 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Anica is one of my favourite online shops. They sell tons of cool stuff!!
.-= Allure´s last blog ..Annabel Mehran =-.

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