It's the end of October, it's nearly Halloween time and it's that time of the year for Susie to jet off to some random place in America.... first it was Texas, then Miami and now it's....actually not so random.... San Francisco, the true birthplace of the Arts of Fashion event which I will be attending for the third year in a row. I was supposed to teach a masterclass but since they found out I have nothing useful to teach, I'm merely there along for the ride, poking cameras/recording devices in people's faces and taking in the atmosphere of it all. There's a stonking list of things going on....fashion showcases by Cathy Pill, Isabelle Steger (Hyeres 2008 contestant), Sandrina Fasoli and my friends Douglas Reker and Carlos Santiago. Sandra Backlund is giving a masterclass in knitting so hopefully I will found out how the hell she produces those massive amazing knits of her's. The people from last year are back; Natalia Brilli (whose SS09 collection is stonkingly good....) will be teaching bag making, Tony Delcampe and Laurent Edmond (first creative assistant to Maison Martin Margiela) will be getting people to make rainbow warrior creations and the OWN boys are helping people creating odd kimonos. All in a city which I've only visited once and know very little about other than it's supposedly the most 'European' of American cities. I'll be hitting up ex-SF-er The Coveted for tips and I know the obvious places such as Modern Appealing Clothing and Acrimony but of course as per the past two years; THE MORE TIPS THE MERRIER! I'm there for almost a week and in a city where public transport is good, I won't have to rely on begging people for lifts and will therefore be able to get around and really explore. This clueless Brit doesn't ask for much so any help would be most appreciated.... and of course in return, I'll be reporting indepth on what San Francisco has to offer.