Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Invisible Hero Examiner Write up...

If Thursday is the new Friday, then Harlot has got you covered. With its new mid-week monthly, Night Vision-- the third Thursday of every month--Harlot promises heavy house with enough audio-visual stimulation to keep even the most pampered partiers well entertained.

This month’s Night Vision treated attendees to a fashion show by two of San Francisco’s freshest and eco-friendliest designers, Charlie Fischer of Invisible Hero Industries and Amy M. Ho. As a platoon of diverse models took to the catwalk, sporting grass-covered welding masks and fur trooper hats, a theme of the inventive opportunities of re-use fashion came to mind. “I would like to see eco-fashion be more fashionable,” said Invisible Hero Industries’ Charlie Fischer, following a parade of her newest collection which included re-used leather, silk, cotton, and synthetics cut to create thigh-high evening slips and cropped denim-look onesies with larger-than-life bows.

Both Fischer and Ho represent a movement that is growing in the fashion world on at least a local level with rapid celebrity: sustainable fashion design with roots outside the fashion industry. In many cases, this equates to designers who are self-taught or academically trained in a related field (including fields as varied as textile design, fine art, and theatre design). This sort of diversity allows designers to think outside of the constraints and assumptions of the fashion industry, resulting in innovative designs and factory-free construction, produced and promoted on a local level. In the case of Fischer and Ho, the concept is obviously working.

Charlie Fischer’s introduction to the world of fashion began when she was only four years old. Sewing lessons from mom led to an interest in fashion design with roots in construction. This attention to manufacture would later blossom into Invisible Hero Industries, an independent label with an emphasis on sustainability. Fischer’s work resists the repetition of prints and cuts seen in traditional ready to wear collections. Instead, designs are based on the fabrics themselves, allowing Fischer to create a selection of one-of-a-kind, detail-oriented articles as creative as they are diverse. Select articles are available in stores throughout San Francisco including Artillery Gallery, Loft 1513, Tribus Vivas, and Trunk in the Haight.

Amy M. Ho’s work also represents an inventive, if not outrageous, break with the fashion industry. Ho’s background is academic, but also unorthodox when speaking of the traditional industry-based education most designers are expected to have. With an MFA focused in Installation Art from Mills College on the horizon, and designers Do Ho Suh and Yayoi Kusama operating as her inspiration, Ho says she is less concerned about making ready to wear items and more interested in exploring the possibilities of three-dimensional, wearable shapes. The result is Ho’s second collection, a complicated and intriguing landscape of re-used satin, cotton, and velveteen fabrics twisted, warped, and wired to form dresses with bouncy, upturned, star-shaped hems, whirling tentacles, and clusters of multi-colored, protruding cones. The collection is as worthy of a museum as it is a cat walk and speaks to the imaginative possibilities of art-based fashion while still averting the economic concerns facing couture.

Harlot’s newest monthly addition is the vision of San Francisco party kid turned organizer Nick Santoro of NS Presents. Santoro, a veteran of SF’s music and art scenes, got his first taste of the complicated world of party promotion when he was offered to curate shows at SF State. He wanted to continue to independently produce parties that merged the world of music and art and soon generated a certain amount of underground renown through parties held at his loft in the Inner Richmond. It wasn’t long before bigger, more legit venues were knocking at his door. As both a DJ and organizer, Santoro is as much a part of the music scene as a promoter, having held residencies at Mezzanine, Mighty, Vessel, and the Rickshaw Stop. With Night Vision, Santoro hopes to keep the intersection of San Francisco’s art and music scenes well at large by incorporating fashion designers, dancers, and visual artists to create a welcoming party atmosphere that offers something for everyone.

It’s no surprise that an aesthetically-driven night like Night Vision should find its home at Harlot, a club where dedication to details is what gives the space its special edge. A modest dance floor glowing rouge under a luminescent backdrop and ample seating equip with cowhide regency couches and snake-skin booths, seamlessly accommodate both relaxation and recklessness. Large-scale reproductions of classical paintings framed by heavy velveteen drapery in devilish shades of red and black create a steamy but chic bordello atmosphere while reappropriated wine bottle light fixtures, entwined antler chandeliers, and twisting tree limbs scouring the walls give the room a surprisingly organic feel. For those daring to venture out solo, a smoking cage overlooking the Minna St. alley makes an excellent spot to mingle with your fellow addicts.

With the next Night Vision starting to come into view for 2010, Santoro promises that more fashion and more art are on the horizon. You can keep posted on Night Vision’s upcoming agenda via Harlot’s websites, or by visiting the NS Presents blog.
Big thank yous to those who helped make this happen.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Invisible Hero Couture Catalog availbe now for purchase....

Fall /Winter 2009
By Charlie B.

The Invisible Hero Fall/Winter 2009 Couture Catalog is finished and available for purchase through In case you were wondering "am I in it?" there is a full book preview available online.Feel free to view the book and purchase a copy for yourself or your friends, family, relatives... anyone really. These books make a great coffee table conversation piece and a great way to show off your modeling achievements.
Book is full of all the past and present fashion events as well as some inspirational quotes and insight into the creative process going on at Invisible Hero.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Invisible Hero Night Vision Winter Ball Recap :)

Great big thank you to everyone who came out to the Night Vision Invisible Hero Winter ball last Thursday. We had a blast and the show looked fabulous. I have gotten some pictures back from the event and as per usual want to share share share them. Im especially proud of my winter gown, (pictured first here) first of a kind for me in evening/wedding gown projects. This one came out exactly as I was planning which is always nice and is now one of my favorite items from the Winter Couture Collection.
With out Further adieu lets view:


Big Thank yous to everyone who made this possible. The Examiner is compiling an article about the show Ill be sure to post it when I get it!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Invisible Hero and Artillery Gallery team up to give you another great fashion show TONIGHT!!!!

Artillery Apparel Gallery is hosting a Winter/New Year Fashion show 2009/2010. Showcasing the latest Urban Street Wear looks from six local fashion and jewelry designers, all whom sell their one of a kind items at Artillery AG. This will be the beginning of a series of fashion shows to come. Join us in being a part of San Francisco's fashion history as we bring you some of SF's finest designers. Come out and have a drink, listen to some great beats, by DJ Motion, and support art and fashion in our Bay area community.
Music by DJ Motion, Tasty Treats by our local pastry chef Benjamine Monroy, Posole y Tamales by Itzpapalotl, drinks, and our specialty hot imported Colombian beverage, Caleñaso.

Admission: $10 and space is very limited.

Show Time:Friday Dec. 10th 7PM- till late

Location: Artillery AG 2751 Mission St. San Francisco CA Between 24th and 23rd on Mission


Also come check out the paintings of Alexandra Blum, linoleum prints by Juan R. Fuentes, and Calixto Robles' paintings, linoleum prints, and sculptures.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009



This Thursday Night at Harlot

DJ's Franky Boissy & Kwamey will be heating up the dance floor
While Invisible Hero and Amy Ho take the runway to an imaginary winter wonderland with a Winter Blizzard Runway fashion show.

Featuring the latest collections from San Francisco eco indie designers:

Invisible Hero Industries


Amy Ho

Doors open at 9pm Runway show starts at 11:30 Dj's will be playing all night long.Come out and mingle, get your winter inspiration for these busy shopping days and dance your cares away.

FREE before 10:30 so come early and save some cash!!! $10.00 After.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Invisible Hero December Updates

Invisible Hero Industries

Welcome to Invisible Hero's December updates email!
Invisible Hero Winter Studio hours:
Mon-Friday 5pm-8pm (Drop ins welcome)
Weekends by appointment only.

Invisible Hero Studio located in Hayes Valley
309 Oak St.
San Francisco, Ca. 94102

Hello Invisible Hero friends and fans,

We have officially turned the corner from fall to winter. The Holidaze are apon us once again.
As you know tis the season for supreme amounts of shopping for all those special people on your list as well as finding those perfect holiday dresses for all the events and parties on your social planner.

This months update is full of shopping events, online price slashing mayhem, and party invites.

Thanks for your continued interest and support,
Charlie B.
Invisible Hero

Hottest News (everything new):

New inventory!!!!
I have been busy in the studio lately, getting a bunch of new sports wear and men's wear items ready for your viewing pleasure.
Buy Online!!!
Invisible Hero is now officially up and running on Most of the falls couture line is now up and the new Mens wear and Womens sports wear will be up in about a week.

New Retail Location: Loft 1513 (Noe Valley)
Invisible Hero is now available at Loft 1513 in Noe Valley (27th @ Church).Cute little boutique in the up and coming Noe Valley area. Lots of new creations from various local designers, everything from sexy underthings to children's one of a kind wares. Tons of great Formal solutions for those hard to dress for holiday parties.

Loft 1513 at 1513 Church St. San Francisco, Ca.

Play that back again.....things so good I have to mention them twice:

Sublife Release Party (Pics)
This show was absolutely amazing. Big thanks to everyone who came out and supported and made this show a great success. Pics are up now on the blog site, facebook, and myspace pages.
I had an amazing time that night cant wait to see everyone again.

Upcoming Events for December:
Freedom Ball
1st annual Freedom Ball

Winter Ball / Adult Prom / Avant Garde Fashion Show

Date: 12/12/09 / 7pm / Door $10. / Saturday Evening


2338 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

Visualize – where hip gay and straight couples being photographed in their fashionable prom outfits, with the uber-Transgenders and Drag Queens wearing their fabulous regalias.

Adding into the fiery mix - the cutting edge fashion designs of our own local designers.

Coming this December – we are proud to present

‘The First Annual Freedom Ball.’

San Francisco’s first - Winter Ball, Adult Prom Night and Avant Garde Fashion Show to be held at TRIGGER in the vibrant Castro District.

Please join us at this exciting Holiday cross-cultural event on December 12th.

Bring your most beloved date, dress-up to the nines and have a little Holiday fun –

with us at TRIGGER SF.

Featuring San Francisco Fashion Designers:



Charity Fashion Show

MUSIC / DJ Mr. Brightside

Art Director: Owen Buenaventura Assistant Art Director: Gretchen Schroeder

Plus -

OWEN GERONIMO presenting

The NOH8 Northern California Campaign Photoshoot
featuring The SF Paparazzi Collective

Model Casting For this event will be held on Saturday December 5th at Trigger at 4pm. If you are a model and interested in participating please arrive to meet and greet the designers and see the venue layout on saturday.

Invisible Hero Holiday Party

Thursday December 17th @ Harlot

Invisible hero will be taking over the ever so lovely Harlot on Thursday December 17th for our first annual Holiday party. Featuring a fabulous runway show by

Invisible Hero

Photo Shoot Booth by Doug Birnbaum

Model Appreciation and Invisible Hero crew holiday party

Music, Dancing and the usual unusual mayhem. More info TBA on the Blog @

Artillery Gallery Fashion Show

Friday December 18th

Artillery Gallery will be hosting a one of a kind fashion show. Featuring designers from the store and San Francisco. Garanteed to be a night of fun fantastic fashion and new designs for sale.


Rag Holiday Side Walk Sale
Saturday and Sunday, December 12 & 13th 12:00a to 4:00pm
at R.A.G 541 Octavia, San Francisco, CA

Please be our guest to a rare and festive holiday sidewalk sale. Kickoff your holiday shopping with incredible deals on original products made by the Bay Area's top fashion, jewelry designers and artists.

8 Different Designers in front of RAG every Saturday & Sunday!
@ RAG 541 Octavia


The Pornoment Party
Every year the Invisible Hero family hosts the one and only Pornoment party.
Whats a pornoment? you ask well its a creative rendition of a traditional ornoment. Fashioned out of anything sexual. Old magazines, sculptie clay, glitter, and a little creativity go along way at this event. Come deck the tree with your pornoment creation, this holiday.

When:Saturday December 19th
8pm-? Late.
Where: Poision Oak Palace (email me for address)
What: Making of Pornoments, drinking and spreading of merriment. Music and dancing will commence. Come get your holiday spirit spiced up with us.

Hope to see some of you there!!!

Interns Needed
Invisible Hero is still looking for one more intern to work closely with my assistant Krystal on projects, events, and other clothing related issues in San Francisco. If your interested please reply to this email with some information about yourself and why you'd like to intern with us.
That's all for now, thank you to everyone for your continued support and interest. Hope everyone has a holiday.

-Charlie B.
Invisible Hero Clothing

Monday, November 30, 2009

Hand Made Ho Down First ever Urban Craft Shopping Event this THURSDAY!!!

If the thought of holiday shopping makes you want to gulp down a big drink or forsake the mall forever (or both), we've got the event for you. Etsy, the web's marketplace for everything handmade, is coming to SF for their first ever Bay Area Handmade Ho Down. Over 55 handmade and vintage vendors will be on there to help you check off that holiday gift list in record time. But what separates this from all the other holiday craft fairs that are a dime a dozen this time of year? Well, to start with, there's booze. Yup, this ain't your mama's craft fair... unless she prefers a stiff drink with her needlework, in which case, bring her along!

The affair is for the 21 and over set, and takes place after dark for one night only (Thursday, December 3rd from 6PM to 12AM) at Ten15 on Folsom. In case this sounds just a tad too self-indulgent for a school night, we're happy to report that the event is raising money for DrawBridge, a Bay Area arts program for homeless children. You can bring donations of art supplies to the Ho Down for a free gift at the door, or take part in the evening raffle to benefit the organization. Either way it's for a great cause and will keep you out of the mall, which just might be the gift that keeps on giving. For more information, use the link below:

Invisible Hero will be offering great holiday deals on all mens, womens, clothing, accessories, jewelry and one of a kind peices.

Hope to see everyone there!

Model Call For Freedom Ball This Saturday

Looking for stunners to walk the runway at the FREEDOM BALL.... this coming December 13th.

This Saturday Model meet and greet will be taking place at Trigger in the Castro.
Meet and Greet + Model Call this Saturday at :

2344 Market Street
San Francisco

4pm / This Saturday / 12.05

(Castro District)

Please be present - if you are interested in modeling for this event so that we can map out the backstage, talk about you and your walk, and to meet with our stage directors and designers.

If you are attending to model for Invisible Hero, please say so as we will want to use you first before other designers.

Info about this show is below:

THE FIRST ANNUAL FREEDOM BALLWinter Ball / Adult Prom / Avant Garde Fashion Show Date: 12/12/09 / 7pm / Door $10. / Saturday Evening Venue: TRIGGER 2338 Market StreetSan Francisco, CA 94114 Visualize – where hip gay and straight couples being photographed in their fashionable prom outfits, with the uber-Transgenders and Drag Queens wearing their fabulous regalias. Adding into the fiery mix - the cutting edge fashion designs of our own local designers. Coming this December – we are proud to present ‘The First Annual Freedom Ball.’ San Francisco’s first - Winter Ball, Adult Prom Night and Avant Garde Fashion Show to be held at TRIGGER in the vibrant Castro District. Please join us at this exciting Holiday cross-cultural event on December 12th. Bring your most beloved date, dress-up to the nines and have a little Holiday fun – with us at TRIGGER SF. Featuring San Francisco Fashion Designers: ALEXANDRIA von BROMSSENASHTON MIYAKOANTUAN DESIGNSGELAREHGINGER BREAD CLOTHINGMARTIN + MAGPIERI COUTURETERRANCE YUVINTAGE JOYWDESIGNS and Charity Fashion Show MUSIC / DJ Mr. Brightside Art Director: Owen Buenaventura Assistant Art Director: Gretchen Schroeder Plus - OWEN GERONIMO presenting The NOH8 Northern California Campaign Photoshootfeaturing The SF Paparazzi Collective

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Black Friday Is coming, and we will be shopping!!!

With the holidays coming up fast and all that thanksgiving eating to burn off this coming weekend, its only right that Invisible Hero have a special black friday sale just for you early birds out there getting that worm.

This coming Black Friday November 27th Invisible hero will be at the Triple Crown, selling our wares and burning off those Turkey day calories. Im going to be pulling out the fall couture line for private purchase at this show. As well as new mens and womens ready to wear and one of a kind pieces. I have some great new accessories and scarves Ive been working on for the holidays also for those hard to shop for people on your list.

Friday November 27th from 2-8pm
2-8pm happy hours drink specials, food and Dj playing groovy tunes
@ Triple crown
1760 Market street
San Francisco

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Shopportunists Welcome...Invisible Hero is now availalbe online!!!

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

Invisible Hero is finally available online! Click on the Shopping link above to browse the new fall line. I'm showcasing mostly Couture right now with the holidaze here I know everyone is looking for special pieces for those holiday parties and mixers. Ill be adding more ready to wear and mens clothing including new mens T's, womens luxury jackets, and womens ready to wear within the next couple of weeks. During the holiday season this year Ill be making one of a kind handmade pins and limited edition panties which I plan on posting for sale as well.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sublife Fashion Show Pics Up!!!!

For more pics of the show check out the link below:

Big thanks to everyone who came out to the SubLife Fashion Show at Madrone, it was awesome to see everyone again and get some great shots of the new fall stuff.
The music was amazing and the people were dancing. Just like old times.

Monday, November 9, 2009

This Thursday: The Paper Rose Project

We are hosting another spectacular Art Reception and we want all you beautiful people to come out and join us.
We will be exhibiting 4 different Artists; Kelli Ryan, Garrett Robinson, Carlos Michael Finn, Amelia Lewis, and last but not least Sergio Lopez. Not only will we have amazing art but we will have Tomoko Lipp hosting our community workshop "The Paper Rose Project" promoting art by using the Reduce,Reuse,Recycle logic. We will have beats and drinks as usual. Come out and support your local artists and your Artillery!!!

When: Thursday, November 12th, Thursday, From 7PM-10PM
Where: Artillery 2751 Mission St. SF between 24TH & 23RD Mission St.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Invisible Hero will be here rocking the runway and a new twist on fashion exhibits. Come out and get your dance on while experiencing a whole new ideal where fashion meets art!!!! Not to be missed.

Featuring fresh new music from SubLife recording artists, a stunning fashion show featuring beautiful garments by Invisible Hero, and amazing local art installed for one night only by Lower Haters.

This night will also feature an epic LA vs. the Bay battle set throw down as we bring you...

DJ Whizard (Drumz - Los Angeles)

One of LA's finest, the Whizard brings to the table a selection that spans across many styles, effortless tight mixing, and undeniable energy. That being said, there is no question why this is one of the busiest Drum n Bass DJ's in Los Angeles. While keeping a busy performance schedule both in So-Cal and around the Country, the one they call Whizard has also put in some serious studio time as of late, knocking out some serious dance floor pressure in both Drum n Bass & Dubstep.


Lukeino (SubLife, Compression, Reflex, Hit n Run - San Francisco)

Lukeino has been holding it down in the Bay Areaʼs Drum & Bass scene for over 6 years DJing at many of San Franciscoʼs finest events as well as in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and NYC. He has been producing for over 10 years and has created memorable music that has seen airplay on the BBC Radio 1 among other outlets. In addition to co-founding SubLife, Lukeinoʼs talents have recently been recruited by San Franciscoʼs legendary Compression Crew, running 10 years strong!

Witness this historic set as these two battle it out behind on the decks to see who will be the last man standing!


This event will also be the official release party for our 2nd & 3rd releases.

SBLF002 is entitled "Taking it to the Streets". To help celebrate the occasion we will be joined by it's producers...

2 Cents (Compression, WODNB, SubLife)

No introduction needed here... These two have been running game in SF since way before you moved here. The Compression bad boys are putting in work and cranking out hit after hit. "Taking it to the Streets" is a bight uplifting roller. Influences of soul, funk and hip hop all rolled together into a sun soaked afternoon. Great for the dancefloor or the headphones. B/w "One Time", a dancefloor smasher scientifically designed for the big subs and is guaranteed to get the party rockin. These guys are known for bringing their signature hard rolling bounce, but will joining us to deliver a rare smooth and funky set laced with original and exclusive tracks.

Check out their recent interview with WWW.SFSTATION.COM

Believe the hype.


The Heights (Shelter, SubLife)

The Heights (aka E.A.S.T.) is a producer to be on the look out for. Keeping himself detached from mainstream reality, his production is focused on obscure sounds and a heavy rollin vibe. As a DJ, he never disappoints and always brings a fresh new take on a classic old school style. His latest collaboration with Lukeino & Equilibrium had thousands losing their minds at LovEvolution. We look forward to hearing him bring the heat for this jam.


Phleck & Gordo (Hit n Run, SubLife)

Two of San Francisco's best, these guys have been tearing up the club circuit in SF for many years rocking the best in Hip Hop, Breaks, Funk, Drum n Bass, Reggae, Dubstep and anything else you can think of that has a dope beat. With Phleck in the mix and Gordo scratching live, the energy and vibe is second to non. Selection is flawless the mixing and cuts are as fresh and tight as can be. After taking some time to hone in their studio skills lately, there are some seriously fresh new beats, bootlegs and mash ups that have been turning heads around town. Keep your eyes out and your ears open for big sounds to come from these two.


Hosted by...

Paulie Rhyme (Miles Outside, SubLife)

Paul was raised in the Rustbelt city of Cleveland and bred in a dichotomy of struggle and privilege, poverty and wealth, school and streets. These experiences would shape the viewpoints and creative voice that would turn an inner city college athlete into an aspiring educator into a torchbearer for this thing we call, Hip Hop. Recording and touring full time has kept this man in demand all over the world. This versatile MC can't get enough of the Drum n Bass sound and was the featured vocalist on SubLife's first release, The Key.

Ax!oM MC (SubLife, Compression, Grime City, Beatropolis)

Ax!oM is Co-Founder of SubLife and has developed a dynamic and original style over many years of countless shows performing with nearly every big name in Drum & Bass. One of the hardest working and most sought after MC in SF Drum n Bass and Dubstep, Ax!oM holds down residencies with 6 different crews.

For the past several years, alongside the legendary Audio Angel, Ax!oM MC has been performing with the live act Beatropolis. After releasing “A Life in Color EP” in 2007, the group has played at huge events such at the World of Drum n Bass and has shared the stage with artists such as Michael Franti, J Boogie, Jah Warrior Shelter and many more.


A very special fashion show by Invisible Hero!

Also an exclusive art installation by Lower Haters!

It's All going down at the new and improved
500 Divisadero @ Fell Street
San Francisco

Free before 10pm
Only $5 after!

Give a ways from SubLife all night long!

Celebrating Shadow Spirit's Birthday!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Invisible Hero Needs You!!! Currently Casting Models and Talent

Invisible Hero is currently casting for models (female and Male) Hair and MUA's for an upcoming show Wednesday November 4th, at Madrone Lounge
500 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117-2213

Lower Haighters of San Francisco will also be exhibiting artwork at this event and it will be widely publicized and photographed. We have a very new concept for this show involving both a runway portion and a standing fashion exhibit. smile

If you are interested in being a part of the show please shoot me an email asap and I can get you more information.


Thank you
Charlie B.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

BleedMagazine: Cool Pic of Invisible Hero (things that make my tuesday awesome)

Bleed Magazine post Labeled "New Warhol" what a great title to see first thing on a tuesday morning.

Pic from last Fridays epic F**ck the Recession Fashion and Art event. (I know I know your tired of hearing about it)

Check out the link to Bleed Magazines spread!!!

F**ck The Recession Fashion Show

Friday was the much anticipated F**ck the Recession Art and Fashion Event, at Space Gallery. Hosted by Del and Owen of the San Francisco Fashion Awards featuring Featuring... Artists from Owen Geronimo's WERKSTATTE Collective, including live painting by IAN ROSS,and exhibits by JOHN BENKO, SEAN WARD, MAX EHRMAN, CARLOS MICHAEL FINN, CARLY IVAN GARCIA & REBECCA PETERS and of course the Indie Fashion Punk Runway show put on by myself. Invisible Hero looked awseome on the runway/gallery floor and some of my favorite photographers where there to capture it.

Doug Birnbaum,Owne and Del and Martin Eng Thanks to everyone who came out and made this event awesome and much love to my girls who model and inspire always. Love the ginger mango soju cocktails they serve at Space, gonna have to get that recipe for dinner parties.

Ive posted some links below to pics from the event

More pictures from Doug Birnbaum of the event, some really great abstracts of Ashley Oravetz in Invisible Hero's Midnight in the Garden Dress. Part of the Fall Invisible Hero Line.
Everyone was hamming it up for the cameras that night what a blast.