ysl_friends.jpgDear Babe,

Is it true that the Yves Saint Laurent boutique in Union Square is closing down and YSL is leaving SF?

Couture Creature

Dear Couture Creature,

Yes and it’s a damn shame. Sources have it that the rent in SF is so high that it was a better business decision for YSL to buy themselves out of their lease and flee SF than to stay in our city.

This is just another example of San Francisco losing jobs and culture due to San Francisco real estate being unrealistically inflated because of greed.

I bet the damn place will sit empty. And I hope that those landlords loose as twice as much money as the employees of the SF YSL store will loose because of their lost jobs.

And I don’t want to hear how “YSL isn’t culture”. That’s just cultural bigotry. YSL is one of the last businesses that pays people, who live in decent countries like France and Italy, well enough that they can continue their craft and their way of life, that of independent crafts people and not thinly disguised slaves.

Nagging questions holding you back? Babe Scanlon’s got your answer. A SF native, she’s been figuring this place out far longer than she cares to admit, and now she’s ready to share. Email her at babe@sfappeal.com and let the veil of confusion lift. Please do keep in mind: Babe Scanlon is not presenting herself as an expert in anything that means you can sue her or the Appeal if you take her advice and your life tanks. Her recommendations are just that: recommendations.

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Babe Scanlon is a writer living and working in San Francisco. She's worked as an archaeologist, computer game designer, agent at Agent Provocateur and hypnotherapist. She is controlling your mind at this very moment.

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