Nope, not the makeup store. The name stands for Modern Appealing Clothing, and that about sums up what’s being sold here. The owners source attractive and (sometimes) unusual pieces from around the world—Belgium’s Dries Van Noten and Martin Margiela, New York’s John Bartlett to name a few—and then helps customers arrange them into drop-dead gorgeous outfits. And happily, prices are slightly kinder at MAC than they are in the other trendy shops of the area. Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm and Sunday noon to 6pm in Hayes Valley. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 7pm and Sunday noon to 6pm Sunday in the Dogpatch.
- Erika Lennert