We’re more impressed every day by DC’s emerging creative community—its growing number of designers, stylists, and artisans are changing the face of Washington with each fashionable event. Morgan Hungerford West is a prime example. Panda Head’s editor, also a stylist, studio owner, and Topaz + Arrow cofounder, is at the forefront of some of the city’s coolest collaborations, supporting and bringing together the best of Washington’s creative talent. Next week, she brings back SWANK, an awesome ten-day pop-up shop that showcases the works of seven local jewelry makers.
Held at Monroe Street Market’s Wild Hand Workspace, which West co-owns with photographer Victoria Milko, SWANK returns for a second time with a refreshing new group of DC-based brands, some of which you might recognize from Etsy: DigDogDig, Elaine B, Beth Lauren, Mallory Shelter, NMC, Paris Air, and Rachel Pfeffer. The jewels will be arranged in gallery-like fashion at the studio from April 24 through May 3, shoppable by appointment on the weekdays and publicly from 11 to 4 on weekends.
The event kicks off with a cocktail reception Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 9, at which you’ll be able to mingle with the designers over drinks and small bites.
SWANK. April 24 through May 3. 716 Monroe St., NE, Studio 8.
We’re suckers for great menswear here at Shop Around—and thanks to a growing number of indie brands and local boutiques specializing in guys’ fashion, Washington has become a great fashion source for the dapper man. That’s why we’re sad to report that one of the city’s longest-standing menswear shops, Lost Boys, is soon closing its doors for good.
Owner Kelly Muccio—the blonde bombshell known for her impeccable styling skills—announced via e-mail today that the store will close in two weeks due to “an opportunity that has come along that [she] couldn’t refuse.” Her store, which offers a breezy shopping experience involving beer and plenty of personal attention, has been a Georgetown staple for six years, and was one of the first to bring a high-end, rugged edge to Washington’s now rapidly expanding menswear scene. Band of Outsiders, Theory, and Rogan are just a few of the breakout labels carried in the exposed-brick space; its Black Room, a luxurious personal shopping service that offers cocktails and exclusive clothing options, is sure to be missed.
There’s no word yet on what Muccio’s big opportunity might entail, but we, for one, are hoping she sticks around town.
Lost Boys. 1033 31st St., NW.
When it comes to beauty, no one in Washington has a more impressive résumé than Carl Ray. Best known for his official gig as personal makeup artist to Michelle Obama, Ray has worked for the Four Seasons’ luxe George Salon for more than a decade. He’s attracted powerful fans over the years—Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, Paula Abdul, Kerry Washington, and Jordan’s Queen Noor are just a few of his A-list clients—and his work has graced the pages of fashion glossies (Vogue, Allure, Elle) and the runways of bridal and couture shows. So what products does the beauty guru turn to when it comes to his own skin? Read on for five of his must-haves.
1) Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Balm
“I’m a lip balm addict; I’ve tried them all, and I change brands and formulas often. But this is one of my favorite lip conditioners—I love the feel, the taste, and the scent.” $3 at Ulta.
No one knows stress like Washington—and sometimes, all you really need at the end of a long week or a day full of meetings is a relaxing, secluded hour or two at the spa. Crave the Zen but cringe at the $200-plus price tag? We feel you. Luckily, thanks to Spa Week, you can get the pampering you deserve at a fraction of the cost. The annual event brings together area spas, salons, and wellness centers for seven days of discounted offerings, from hot stone massages to skin-clearing facials to blowouts. The best part? Many of the services are capped at $50. Below is a list of ten luxurious ways you can treat yourself next week—but don’t wait, as appointments fill up at warp speed. You can thank us later.
1. Eres “Puzzle” one-piece, $415 at Sylene (4407 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-654-4200)
2. Cat-eye sunglasses in dark tortoise, $175 at Tory Burch (1211 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-337-1410)
3. Blush Blends Sun-tastic SPF 45 protector, $50 at Blush Med Institute (4915 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 301-312-6728)
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This article appears in the April 2014 issue of Washingtonian.