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ABC 7: SFMade Week Celebrates San Francisco’s Vibrant Manufacturing Sector

Many of us are used to labels that say “Made in China.” But how about “Made in San Francisco?” View the May 13 story here. Read more

San Francisco Chronicle: Manufacturing booming in old and new ways during high-tech era

It wasn’t that long ago that San Francisco was a big-time manufacturing town — shipyards, ironworks, canneries, box factories, big bakeries, everything. The Mechanics Monument on Market Street — iron men working with steel — celebrates that spirit. But even in these high-tech days in San Francisco, the city still is a big manufacturing center. […] Read more

Holiday Fair Press Roundup

Coverage of SFMade holiday events. SFGate: Local companies want to make things in San Francisco Where Traveler: What to do in San Francisco During the Holidays Racked SF: Because We Know You Need Some Pre-Black Friday Shopping Practice SFStation: Essential Upcoming SF Bay Area Craft Fairs  Storefront: Pop-up Roundup | 14 pop-up holiday markets to shop this weekend Read more

Business Times: Why manufacturers are struggling to make it in SF

Tech- and VC-fueled manufacturers have played an integral role in the city’s “maker renaissance.” But are they pushing more traditional operations out? Article from Aug 21, 2015 here.  Read more

Here’s What’s Cooking in a Few of the Country’s Hottest Design Incubators

The hardest part of getting a successful business off the ground isn’t hatching the next Big Idea, it’s the execution. Continue reading the article in Dwell here. Read more

SFMade builds on success, confronts new challenges 5 years on

As SFMade marks its fifth anniversary this week, spotlighting locally made products and the people who make them, there is much to celebrate. Read the full article in the San Francisco Chronicle here. Read more

How SFMade is expanding San Francisco’s manufacturing space

It’s expensive to build office space in San Francisco, but it can be even more challenging to build industrial space, and make it pencil, according to SFMade executive director Kate Sofis. That’s why SFMade, which works to expand manufacturing in San Francisco, launched a sister nonprofit, PlaceMade a nonprofit real estate development initiative akin to […] Read more

San Francisco’s Lee Sells Manufacturing Jobs in Technology Haven

San Francisco, with the support of Mayor Edwin M. Lee, is looking to make space for people who work with their hands. Read about it here. Read more

Backed by SFMade, a New Maker Haven May Rise in Potrero

This article introduces 100 Hooper and explains the proposed manufacturing facility to be owned and operated by SFMade. Backed by SFMade, a New Maker Haven May Rise in Potrero   Read more

SFMade manufacturing center proposed for SoMa-Potrero area

  This article introduces 100 Hooper, a four-story structure just west of Interstate 280 that would be owned and operated by the nonprofit SFMade. Designed to accommodate manufacturers, if approved it would be the first new manufacturing building in San Francisco in two decades. SFMade manufacturing center proposed for SoMa-Potrero area Read more

S.F.’s apparel industry finds new fit in city

This article details how San Francisco’s apparel industry has changed over the years to become more customizable, focusing on quality over quantity. S.F.’s apparel industry finds new fit in city Read more

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

SFMade’s holiday gift fair is Secret #790 Read more

Craft fairs for every personality

Mention of SFMade’s Holiday Gift Fair Craft fairs for every personality Read more

Best Local San Francisco Businesses To Shop On Black Friday 2014

Mention by CBS San Francisco of the SFMade 38Makers and Holiday Gift Fair. Best Local San Francisco Businesses To Shop On Black Friday 2014   Read more

What’s driving San Francisco? Beer

This article focuses on how breweries, along with other manufacturers, are a driving force in the strength of San Francisco manufacturing sector. It also details how tech is marrying with manufacturing sector and how growth includes a supportive government. What’s driving San Francisco? Beer  Read more

The Return Of Urban Manufacturing To U.S. Cities

Some inner cities in the U.S. have been revitalized due to manufacturing. Considered for years too dirty and inefficient, changes in tech have brought factories back to life and life back to urban areas. We discuss the changes & challenges remaining. The Return of Urban Manufacturing to U.S. Cities Read more

Heath Ceramics May Be the Most Magical Place to Work in SF

With the help of SFMade, member Heath Ceramics found their current Mission location integrating both design and production in a beautiful environment. Heath Ceramics May Be the Most Magical Place to Work in SF     Read more

Can S.F.’s new ‘makers’ make it here?

This article from the San Francisco Business Times discusses the challenges of being a manufacturer in San Francisco, including the increasing cost of rent and lack of available industrially zoned space. Can S.F.’s new ‘makers’ make it here? Read more

Youth Internship Programs in Western Edition

“This is the first internship where I’m not just cutting and pasting into a spreadsheet,” she said. “I learned how to be a leader.” That’s a quote from Adina Whitaker, a YouthMade intern at Timbuk2, in a recent article by the Western Edition. Read more about our work with Juma Ventures and MatchBridge to help […] Read more

SFMade Week 2014 Press Recap

A city’s crafty clusters, San Francisco Chronicle Spend Your Time Wisely With Our Top Picks for SFMade Week, 7×7 Read more

Made in San Francisco: Manufacturing a comeback

An article on the front page of SF Business Times explores how San Francisco’s manufacturing scene is making a comeback. Made in San Francisco: Manufacturing a Comeback Read more

Washington High Students Get a Lesson from SFMade and TechShop

Inside Manufacturing, our new youth program takes off! Learn more here. Read more

SFMade in Women’s Wear Daily

San Francisco’s apparel industry hit the front page of WWD, read the article here. Read more

SFMade Week 2013 Press Recap

San Francisco Chronicle: SFMade in Business and Style sections. San Francisco Magazine: Daily profiles on SFMade Products San Francisco Examiner: “SFMade Week celebrates local manufacturing boom” 7×7: “SFMade Week Shows Local Love” Racked SF: “This is How We Do: SFMade Week Starts Today” SFUnzipped (an SFGate.com Blog): “SFMade: Designers in the City” Read more

SFMade in Business and Style Sections of SF Chronicle

SFMade was featured in the Business and Style sections of the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle. Download the articles here and here. Read more

“Making” matters to our cities: An Op-Ed by Kate Sofis

Click here to read an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle from Executive Director Kate Sofis. Published on April 25th, 2013. Original link here. Read more

Mayor Lee Highlights Revival of Manufacturing Sector in State of the City

In an excerpt from the webcast streaming on SFGovTV.org, Mayor Lee said, “Local manufacturing jobs increased 12 and a half percent in 2012, outpacing the job growth of most other sectors after literally decades of decline. We’re putting people back to work in literally 435 companies that are headquartered and manufacture their products in our […] Read more

SFMade in The Atlantic

An insightful article in The Atlantic highlights SFMade and DODOcase as case studies. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/print/2012/12/mr-china-comes-to-america/309160/ Read more

SF Business Times: SF manufacturers celebrate job growth

A San Francisco Business Times article reports on the manufacturing industry’s growth. Read more here. Read more

SFMade Receives Nomination for Ebbies Economic Development Award

SFMade has been nominated for the Economic Development Award at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Annual Ebbies Awards! We’re proud to receive this recognition on behalf of the hundreds of manufacturers building San Francisco’s economic base one business at a time! Read more here. Read more

Tribute SF Pays Tribute to Local Manufacturing

Thanks to Tribute SF for this beautiful video showcasing the work of SFMade and member companies Timbuk2, Hello!Lucky and Poco Dolce. SF Made from Tribute | SF on Vimeo. Read more

SFMade in Forbes Magazine

Forbes Magazine speaks with SFMade about manufacturing in Silicon Valley. Read “Silicon Valley is Creating Real Jobs by Making Real Things”. Read more

SFMade Week 2012 Press Recap

Thanks to everyone for making the 2nd annual SFMade Week a huge success! Relive it by checking out local press coverage here: SFMade touts local products, San Francisco Chronicle New “Desk” In SF City Office Intended To Bolster Local Manufacturing, The San Francisco Appeal Ritual Coffee Auctioning Off a Barista for a Good Cause, NBC […] Read more

SFMade in Fast Company

Fast Company’s Expert Blogger David Gardner says SFMade is making manufacturing San Francisco’s next act. Read more here! Read more

SFMade in The UK Guardian

The Sustainable Business Blog visits San Francisco to investigate the local manufacturing, production and do-it yourself initiatives in San Francisco as a trend to be followed. Link here Read more

SFMade in Apparel News

An article crafted with the help of SFMade highlights the Dogpatch as a growing design hub. Read more here. Read more

SFMade in the Business Times

SFMade’s Pop-Up Shop at the Union Square Banana Republic gets front page attention from the San Francisco Busines Times. “SFMade has some skin in the holiday retail wars, thanks to a 500-square-foot pop-up shop in Banana Republic’s San Francisco flagship…” Read more here. Read more

SFMade Pop-Up Shop at Banana Republic

We’re celebrating the launch of the first ever SFMade pop-up shop at Banana Republic’s flagship store on Grant Street in San Francisco. The pop-up shop will feature a variety of items designed by SFMade members from November 10 through December 26. Join us for the Opening Celebration on Thursday, November 10th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm at […] Read more

Heath Ceramics Moves In

Read “Manufacturing Moving to the Mission Promises Jobs” to learn more about legendary dinnerware and tile maker, Heath Ceramics moving into a new factory space in the Northeast Mission. http://missionlocal.org/2011/09/manufacturing-moving-to-the-mission-promises-jobs/ Read more

SFMade in San Francisco Magazine

“Made in S.F.” looks at garment manufacturing in San Francisco, featuring several SFMade members including Nice Collective, Taylor Stitch, Betabrand, Department 17, Tellason, and National Apparel. The print version is beautiful but if you can’t pick up a copy, read it here: http://www.sanfranmag.com/story/made-sf Read more

New York Times asks SFMade ED “Can Manufacturing Fuel a U.S. Recovery?”

Executive Director Kate Sofis weighed in on the manufacturing debate in “Can Manufacturing Fuel a U.S. Recovery?” on August 5th, 20011. Read more

SFMade in Transworld Business

Janet Lees, director of programs and communications, discusses using geographic branding to emphasize “pride of place” in this Q & A with Transworld Business. Article here . Read more

SFMade in The Bay Citizen

Read “In California, Campaign for Clothes 100% Local“, published on July 7th, 2011. SFMade has a few talking points in this interesting article about the growing movement for locally made apparel. Read more

SFMade Week 2012 Press Recap

SFMade Week was a great success! Check out the articles from local media to learn more about the week’s activities. Press & Blog articles from SFMade Week, May 21st-27th, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle 7 x 7 The San Francisco Examiner The Bold Italic Mission Local The Feast Fashion School Daily SF Indie Fashion Read more

Women in Business Award Goes to SFMade Executive Director

Kate Sofis gets the Women in Business Award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian! Read the full article on the 2011 Small Business Awards here. Read more

Podcast: SFMade Executive Director on Social Capital

Listen to Kate Sofis, Executive Director of SFMade on the Commonwealth Club’s podcast of their panel, Social Capital: The Intersection of Money and Meaning. http://commonwealthclub.org/events/2011-04-04/social-capital-intersection-money-and-meaning-0 Read more

SFMade Featured in the New York Times

The Future of Manufacturing is Local features SFMade and member companies as leaders of rethinking and rebranding American manufacturing. From the article, written by Allison Arieff: The article goes on to discuss SFMade member companies including Anchor Brewing, Ritual Roasters, Leadbetter Bake Shop, Rickshaw Bagworks, Betabrand, DODOCase and more. Read the full article here! Read more

San Francisco manufacturing in The Atlantic

“We still make stuff in San Francisco” highlights the rise in San Francisco manufacturing, and you bet we’re quoted! Link here: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/02/we-still-make-stuff-in-san-francisco/70946/ Read more

SFMade featured in GOOD Magazine

GOOD Magazine has featured SFMade in their Edge of Progress Tour. GOOD has been traveling around the USA to find new ideas and innovators.  Executive Director Kate Sofis was interviewed for the final leg of their tour. Read the article and watch the video here. Read more

SF manufacturing front page of SF Examiner

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Withering-industry-returning-101039204.html#ixzz0x6Jqc0mE Read more

Chronicle Article on Shop Local Features SFMade

The SF Chronicle featured SFMade in an article discussing the Shop Local movement. Read it HERE. Read more

SF Made Feautured in Chronicle

SFMade was featured in the Business section of the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday, February 19, 2010. Click here to read the story. Read more