In order to pull the country out of its recession, it's important to buy American-made products, then call up some extremely patient guy in India to make sure you're using them properly. Grab top quality gear that's made in the US of A, at Meet Your Maker.
Taking place in a converted Mission tap-and-dye factory, MYM's a three day menswear n' more shopping event that showcases the handiwork of clothing/furniture designers, artists, vintners, chefs, and brewers who create their goods "on or in U.S. soil" and then have their mom's stainstick them. Wearable awesome includes Esquivel shoes (handmade in LA with clean lines, rugged materials, and unexpected colors), customized button-downs by SF's own Taylor Stitch, haberdashery-style plaid bowties by NY's Pierrepont Hicks, and Outlier's tailored cycling gear that accommodates an enhanced range of motion while looking smart, unless you're a bike messenger. Then, for your home, there's rugged modern tables and shelving units by OHIO Design, one-of-a-kind wooden chairs that're lovingly shaped and varnished by J. Rusten in San Jose, and skate decks painted with whimsical figures in muted retro tones by a local artiste named Kitty Lyons, whose middle name is PumaCheetah (JK, it's, sigh, Cahill).
While the grub's provided by the likes of Wood Fire Woodie (artisan pizzas made in a truck) and PhD Phoods (meats marinated in bloody Mary mix n' jerk sauce), the (free!) alcohol's flowing from North Coast Brewing and wineries like Scribe, Saintsbury, Keplinger -- proving that the easiest way to beat a recession is feeding people booze before they shop.