Cofounder and President, DECASO
DECASO (aka The Decorative Arts Society) is one of the newest e-tailers in town, but don’t mistake it for a fledgling startup. Cofounder and president Anna Brockway is also the brain behind vintage marketplace powerhouse Chairish. Her latest venture is an exclusive online platform that connects interior designers, collectors and connoisseurs directly with a carefully vetted group of the world’s finest antiques and modernism dealers for access to their exquisite inventories. DECASO’s mission is to be the most trusted online source for collector-worthy pieces, from furniture–like the Vladimir Kagan Omnibus sectional and a dreamy malachite table–to art, like the acrylic-and-wood piece by Charles Arnoldi. “Trust is essential when dealing in connoisseur-level items and the associated pricing,” Brockway says. With that in mind, the savvy San Francisco-based businesswoman shares what inspires her around town.
6 a.m. Get the day started at SoulCycle on Union Street. I’m likely crying in the third row.
9 a.m. Head to Rose’s Cafe for the salmon cozy, a black coffee and the chance to say hello to friends. I always seem to bump into long-lost acquaintances at this neighborhood favorite.
10 a.m. Make your way to the San Francisco Design District, where I often pop in to say hello to DECASO’s local dealers, including Coup D’Etat, Battersea, Garden Court Antiques, Antique & Art Exchange, Colonial Arts, Dogfork, and the lovely folks at Epoca. This city is blessed to have so many esteemed dealers with the most delightful and inspiring finds.
12 p.m. Have lunch at Cotogna. I am so lucky to work in Jackson Square, just up the street from this restaurant. It has the best chopped salad in town, hands down. If I can score an outside table on a sunny day, even better.
2 p.m. I like to log some major time at William Stout Architectural Books. This longtime purveyor of architecture and design publications offers two floors jam-packed with tomes to peruse.
3 p.m. Stop by Eden & Eden. It’s my secret go-to source for super-chic vintage clothes and home goods at easy prices.
4 p.m. Have coffee with Peter Pap of Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, who has been the most helpful advisor as we’ve developed DECASO. He’s chatty and funny, and after spending just an hour with him and his world-class inventory, you’ll practically have a master’s in decorative arts.
6 p.m. It’s time for oysters and a cocktail (I like the grasshopper) at Leo’s Oyster Bar, which was designed by Ken Fulk. Owner Anna Weinberg is a big fan of Chairish, so you’ll find many Chairish accents throughout the space.
9 p.m. My perfect way to close out a San Francisco day is by taking a hot bubble bath with–wait for it–Mr. Bubble. I don’t know if it’s the silly face or the tacky pink bottle, but I wouldn’t think of using anything else.