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Elements of Style: Georgetown Shopping Guide
Looking for something original? Georgetown’s shops offer treasures you probably can’t find at a mall. Here are 18 favorite stores. By Cathy Alter
Marlene Hu Adalba, owner of Hu’s Shoes, opened a two-level clothing boutique, Hu’s Wear, this spring. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published June 1, 2009
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This is the place where dreams come true for the vintage collector, with a covetable selection of ’70s Pucci and ’80s Missoni as well as racks of full-skirted prom dresses. Posh Spice, Nicole Ritchie, and Jessica Alba have shopped here.

3279 M St., NW; 202-298-5555;

Hu’s Wear

Marlene Hu Adalba, the woman behind the popular Hu’s Shoes, has taken the show across the road, opening a two-level clothing boutique this spring. Designers include Kaylee Tankus, Devi Kroell, Megan Park, and Guilty Brotherhood.

2906 M St., NW; 202-342-2020;


The hipsters who line the street are waiting to gain entry into a pretty exclusive club: The store stocks limited-edition Air Jordans, artist-commissioned Chuck Taylors, and other short-supply footwear.

1426 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-625-6732;

The Mineral Kingdom

Owner Jacqueline Martin will help update that flashy ring you inherited from Aunt Fanny. Along with offering custom design, Martin stocks her showroom with delicate diamond bangles, strands of baroque pearls, and stacks of gemstone-studded bands.

1221 Potomac St., NW; 202-338-5505.


Owner Nancy Pearlstein has filled her airy boutique with cutting-edge designers such as Marni, Dries van Noten, and Jil Sander—all displayed like works of art. The shop also features exclusive gets, including perfect-fit jeans by Jean Shop, a New York–based line that’s not available anywhere else in the Washington area.

3312 Cady’s Alley, NW; 202-333-5343;

Sherman Pickey

Psycho Bunny’s punk-meets-prep polo shirts put a twist on Ralph Lauren and Lacoste—instead of a cute alligator or mallet-swinging polo player, British designer Robert Godley chose a rabbit skull and crossbones for the logo. “They’re kind of a cult thing,” says store owner Ethan Drath.

1647 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-4212;


Owner Tobi Stewart can’t stock enough faux-patent-leather bags by Buddha, which cost around $80 and are available in a slew of colors (such as hot pink, lime green, and shoe-polish black) and styles (tote, shoulder, clutch). Says Stewart: “Last season, I blew through 100 of them.” The store also sells jewelry, T-shirts, denim, dresses, and more.

1633 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-5331;


At this boutique for 7-to-14-year-old girls, the leopard-print sequined gown with matching bolero jacket looks more appropriate for Joan Rivers. But that’s about as outré as it gets. Other party frocks are sweeter, especially the shop’s own line of silk-overlay dresses in muted shades of pink and purple.

3319-A Cady’s Alley, NW; 202-494-9708;


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