All the styles we saw at First Fridays in Oakland


The pandemic shutdown has taken away many in-person events, and with them a reason to dress up. People stayed home and fashion suffered.

However, since Oakland’s huge monthly street festival, First Fridays, restarted in September 2021, The Town has drawn thousands of visitors from the Bay Area and beyond who can’t wait to show off clothes, jewelry and accessories, some from local designers and boutiques.

We attended the First Fridays event on September 2 to see what people were wearing. True to Oakland fashion, a drum circle in the center of the fair created a soundtrack for the brightly dressed crowd that marched down Telegraph Avenue. The festivities continued late into the moonlit night as attendees flocked to the surrounding bars and shops.

Here are some of the most stylish people we’ve spotted.

San Francisco resident Jay El resided in Oakland for 38 years before moving to the city. He’s wearing a shirt he bought at Grandeur, a local store on Grand Avenue.

West Oakland resident Kiayana Keme (@keikei_tha_hood_hippie) poses in front of the familiar pink walls of Beauty Supply Warehouse on Sycamore Street. Keme carries a custom cane and wears earrings and an assortment of gemstones around his neck that were gifted to him, purchased from local vendors, and collected from the wild.

Armin Mahini (left) and Alejandro Perez enjoying First Friday. Mahini is wearing a shirt he bought on Facebook promoting the Space Jam 2021 sequel “Space Jam: A New Legacy”, and Perez is wearing a shirt he bought from Mitchell & Ness, a swimwear store in popular line.

Jimmy Harlam, who is from Ohio, said his pants were made from 100% recycled plastic and were given to him by a “hippie chick” from Michigan.

Berkeley resident Vita’s earrings were a treasured gift from her mother who lives in Belarus. His bag was given to him by a friend and his velvet shirt was purchased from Goodwill in Portland, Oregon.

Piedmont resident Matthis (@matthisjunefrance) wears an assortment of brands online, including her top, which comes from Sommer Swim, and her pants, which come from Pretty Little Thing.

Oaklanders Angel Tlachi-Smith (left) (@watermygardens) and Marcella (@thecellfiles) enjoyed a performance on First Friday. Tlachi-Smith wears a shirt from Ross, a second-hand skirt at Goodwill, and shoes donated by a friend. Marcella is wearing lemon slice earrings that she bought from a local vendor at a previous First Friday event.

Alameda resident Andrew Jyulai (@andraspetergyulai)’s outfit was entirely saved in his home country of Hungary.

Adrian Contreras (@cowboy_ad145) and Elidey Segura (@alldayelidey) enjoying First Friday. Segura carries a Prada bag and wears Nike Dunk shoes, and Contreras wears a shirt by local San Francisco clothing brand Midnight Organic.

UC Berkeley student Angelina Songco (@angelinajoys) said she was very proud of her tapestry tote bag, which her sister bought in Europe, and her emerald green and gold earrings that she bought in Chinatown in Los Angeles.

Habakka, a San Leandro resident and self-proclaimed “70s kid,” brought her dog Han Solo to the street fair, which she skated around. She said she bought her clothes at a discount when retail stores reopened after long pandemic shutdowns.

Walter Swindell (left) and Kiyana Lewis attend First Friday while visiting New York to attend a wedding. Lewis’ jacket is from Free People and Swindell’s hoodie is from Scotch and Soda.

San Francisco resident Jenni Anderson (@truerelijen) wears a skirt, vest and earrings from Free People and a jacket from Nuuly, an online clothing rental service.

Aneri Patel (left) (@imworkinoncry1n) and Anokhi Patel enjoying the summer night. Aneri wears a Juicy Couture top and carries a handbag from Goodwill, and Anokhi carries a beaded handbag from Goodwill in Oakland.

Stephan Sorho (left) and Alizae Shaw (@alizaekavosiea) walk in the moonlight. Sorho wears a shirt from Depop, an online clothing shopping and selling platform, and Dr. Marten boots. Shaw carries a vintage bag from Poshmark, another online clothing shopping and selling platform.


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