spotted: bell’occhio
by Leslie Santarina comment

1/21/15

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

hi and happy new year! it’s leslie from spotted sf again and i’d love to share with you one of the prettiest shops i’ve long coveted here in san francisco. tucked along a small alley is this hidden little gem that’s been operating in the city for over 25 years.

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

spotted: bell'occhio / sfgirlbybay

bell’occhio—which is italian for “beautiful eye”—is truly the gift which proprietress claudia schwartz posseses. she and her husband have traveled the world, especially throughout europe where they’ve discovered many of the rare gifts they’ve brought back to their shop. think french knives with blades as petite as a pinky nail and chocolats with fleur d’oranger made by the same chocolatiers adored by marie antoinette. you’ll also find the loveliest mix of stationery, spools of vintage ribbon, chic home goods and whimsy gift containers—including the woodsy tree trunk ones made by claudia and her husband in their studio next door. as you peruse through the shop be sure to also open all the cubbies lining the wall, as there are plenty more treasures tucked inside. and once you’ve picked out one, two or a few new goodies, allow claudia to wrap each of them in her own special way. you’ll adore your purchases even more because of it.

• all photography by leslie santarina.

3 responses to “spotted: bell’occhio”

  1. I remember seeing this shop being featured in either Martha Stewart Living or Victoria several years ago. Loved it then and love it still!

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