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Season after season, Metier has provided women in San Francisco with one-stop shopping for downtown cool with an eclectic feel. I have been a faithful customer for years and I am always impressed by how often my purchases evoke envious cries of “Where did you get that?” The Union square boutique offers both American and European apparel designers such as Alexander Wang, Golden Goose, Rag & Bone, Jerome Dreyfuss and Isabel Marant. The owner, Sheri Evans, has mastered the perfect mix of vintage and modern, masculine and feminine, floaty and structured. There is also a beautifully curated collection of antique jewelry, high-end pieces from Cathy Waterman, Annette Ferdinandsen as well as poetry jewelry by Jeanine Payer. While Metier is an upscale boutique that caters to a discerning clientele, the staff has always been warm and lovely. This combination has made shopping anywhere else seem utterly ordinary. Unfortunately, the store sent out an unexpected email with disappointing news last Thursday, July 5th.

“After 21 years of fashion and fun, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to close Metier,” owner Evans writes. “Thank you for an amazing ride and the love and loyalty so many of you have shown us throughout the years. We have learned about your lives and heard so often how what we do makes your day richer and your walk more confident.”

The boutique will “keep a small online presence for jewelry” and Evans hopes to launch new projects in 2013. Until then, Metier fans can shop the selection of designer goods being offered at 50-80% off until the store’s last day on Saturday, July 14th.