Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Retail & Industry
Published on November 13, 2017
Urban Clubhouse: Cow Hollow's 'State Apparel' Sells SF-Made GolfwearPhoto: Jason Yip/State Apparel

In September, State Apparel moved into the former Kit and Ace space (3108 Fillmore St.) in Cow Hollow, giving local duffers a place to shop for new golfwear—and potentially get to know other players off the links.

Jason Yip, who founded State Apparel in 2013, describes himself as a a passionate golfer who's spent most of his professional life "taking a lot of risk building other people's dreams" in tech startups.

"I wanted to take all that I learned, apply it to my passion for golf and my unique product ideas, and build my own dream," he said.

Jason Yip, CEO & Founder | Photo: Shirin Jones/Hoodline

Since launching, State Apparel has built a following, earning the company coverage in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine; recently, its made-in-San Francisco Competition Pant ($205) was featured on the Golf Channel.

Yip's first physical store carries a full line of golf apparel, along with an indoor driving range that gives the store a social aspect.  

Photo: Shirin Jones/Hoodline

"We wanted to create an urban clubhouse as a golfer's home away from the course and as a hub for the golf community," said Yip. "Golfers can drop by to take a few swings in the indoor driving range, have a drink and talk golf with others hanging out in the shop."

Yip said his brand stands apart because "we're offering unique and socially responsible products with a great experience and entertainment."

Photo: Shirin Jones/Hoodline

All items are manufactured locally to support sustainability, provide jobs, and keep resources in the community.

Thanks to patent-pending designs, Yip's clothing aims to make golfers comfortable while taking on the sport's persistent challenge of keeping equipment and hands clean.

Photo: Shirin Jones/Hoodline

By incorporating layers of absorbent fabric into pants and shirts, players no longer need to step away from a shot to grab a towel and wipe down their hands, clubs or golf balls.

The company's most popular items are Competition Pants—its first product—along with Biarritz Quarter Zips ($125), "which are super-soft and perfect for the golf course or around town," said Yip.

Photo: Shirin Jones/Hoodline

Yip said he selected Cow Hollow because it has "the heart of a neighborhood with a very active lifestyle."

State Apparel is open seven days a week from 11am–7pm.