After 10 years, high-end clothing retailer Unionmade is closing both

After a decade in the Castro, high-end clothing retailer Unionmade closed its men’s and women’s stores (493 Sanchez St. and 4035 18th St.)

Menswear blog From Squaller to Baller was first to hear of the potential closure last week, after noticing signs of sales.

“After 10 years in independent retail, I have decided to move into new creative pursuits,” owner Todd Barkett said in a statement. Barkett first opened Unionmade’s men’s store in 2009.

Last year, Unionmade’s Noe Valley women’s store, Mill Mercantile, moved to The Castro, renamed Unionmade Women.

Unionmade Women also closed. | Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

Barkett expressed sadness over the closure.

“It was exciting to create a unique take on fashion to match the uniqueness of San Francisco,” he said. “I particularly enjoyed meeting all the customers who shared my vision of unique, quality clothing and the expression of their personal style.”

“It’s always sad to hear of the closure of one of our local businesses, but this one is especially difficult,” said drag queen Juanita More, whose image adorns a mural outside the store. . “The challenges in San Francisco to run and sustain an independent store are beyond challenging.”

Juanita Plus mural outside Unionmade. | Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

The loss of two other longtime Castro retailers is another blow to the neighborhood, especially on the heels of Tuesday’s announcement that nearby restaurant Finn Town Tavern would close.

Other notable neighborhood closures in July and August include Izakaya Sushi Ran, Eureka Lounge and Restaurant, and two of the three stores at the Castro Safeway complex: See’s Candies and GNC.

Hoodline reached out to District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman to discuss Castro’s recent store closings. He acknowledged that Castro’s retail situation is critical, with the closure of each business reflecting a different story to tell.

Mandelman is currently working on planning code changes to help open new businesses. He also plans to work with the San Francisco Office of Economic Development and Workforce to find strategies to help existing Castro businesses.

“The situation is dire,” Mandelman said. “The Castro needs a Marshall Plan.”

Anne G. Cash