Spotted SF / Inner Richmond / William the BeeKeeper
The next time you find yourself on Clement Street wander into this dear little shop also known as William the Beekeeper. A fluffy chow named Curry is usually at the front door, so you can’t miss it. Focused on socially responsible and sustainable goods, the store is filled with carefully chosen apparel, accessories, home decor, vintage finds and plenty of organic honey.
Why the name William the Beekeeper? Years ago owner Cairn Wu opened her original shops in Shanghai. At that time good quality organic honey wasn’t available, so she would ship or hand carry much of it from Hawaii. She continued carrying honey when she relocated and opened the San Francisco shop. The name is also based on the premise of honeybees working for the betterment of the hive, as the collective of local makers, artists and designers she partners with do for the betterment of their products and their communities.
At the shop you’ll also find Cairn’s contemporary in-house clothing line Kaileeni. These pieces are thoughtfully produced (using responsible practices, vintage fabrication, etc.) and are of higher quality encouraging folks to think about purchasing less with beautiful items that will last and be loved over time. Some are even one-of-a-kind. Furthermore a portion of all Kaileeni sales is donated back to the community and causes she cares about.
William the Beekeeper
55 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
Ph: 415 558 1710
*All images by me, Leslie.