We know you’re busy mapping out your spring shopping marathon right now, so while you’re at it, add a local label to the list: Nana.
When the Mount Pleasant boutique of the same name closed earlier this year, owner-turned-designer Jackie Flanagan assured us she wouldn’t disappear along with it. With a slew of events, like a Valentine’s Day bazaar and trunk shows for the shop’s most-missed brands, she’s still very much involved in the local shopping scene. But what we’re really dying to know is what’s happening with her own clothing line.
Nana’s spring collection launches tonight via pop-up at one of our U Street faves, GoodWood, offering the first look at the much-anticipated wave of organic dresses, skirts, and tops. The brand’s gotten a little more creative this time around, using new textures, hues, and prints, like the florals on the blouse shown above. Flanagan describes the aesthetic as “utilitarian elegance,” aiming for the collection to be as befitting for a European vacay as for Friday’s board meeting. Each piece is sewn together at Adams Morgan's Bits of Thread studio and made from sustainable materials. Ever owned a skirt made of hemp? Here's your chance.
It won’t be the first Nana event. Since the shop closed in January, Flanagan has been adamant that the brand has simply changed its location, not its presence. She plans to team up with more local retailers for similar events, and of course, the Etsy shop remains.
The event is from 5 to 8, but if you can’t make it, not to worry: the collection will become available online starting tomorrow. Happy shopping!
A bold graphic design adorns this gray and red strapless suit. Minn0w Bathers, $110.
Been working on your tan? Set it off with this white, vintage-inspired one-piece—fully lined to prevent it from becoming see-through post-dip. Marilyn maillot, The Red Dolly, $64.
There's perverse Playboy bunny appeal to this tuxedo swimsuit. Fables by Barrie, $124.
Also from Fables by Barrie: the Perennial bikini, for a sweeter look. $108.
Tan lines can't be cause for concern if you opt for the knotty maillot (pictured right) by Cala Ossidiana Swimwear ($295).
The cute anchor print and oversized bow make this beach beauty a must-have. Anchor and rope white bow bandeau set, Amourouse, $48.
Clay bracelets with some sophistication are available from Polymer Playin’. This fun teal cuff is adorned with a garden’s worth of silhouetted flowers. $15.
A dressier cuff for a dinner ensemble. Gold-leaf-and-black-polymer clay bracelet (pictured right), $15.
If you always wanted to be Wonder Woman, a bright metal cuff may be just the thing. Nora Catherine hand-forged, flared-cuff bracelet (in copper or bronze), $99.
Wrap your wrist in rich sapphire-blue deerskin from Sand in the Sky. $25.
Or satisfy your inner magpie with something shiny out of dichroic glass. Apocalipstick Art fairy dust bracelet, $60.
Ballet flats are chic and comfortable. These magenta suede flats ($92) from Ele Handmade have a low-cut vamp that shows off toe cleavage.
More modest about that sort of thing? Try this pair in green linen from the Generation—they’re also made with no animal products. $55.
For a little bit more glitz, Luna Shoes UK offers these airy gold leather ballet flats with raspberry-pink stitching. $50.
Etsy features many artists who paint fun designs on new and vintage shoes. We like Acrylicana’s black-and-white music-and-stars flats. $70.
Venus Flytrap brings a touch of drama to an otherwise ordinary pair of vintage Mary Janes. $95.
Thanks to a rainbow of raw silk, these vintage slingbacks will look great with almost anything in your closet. The Greedy Seagull, $98.
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Don’t look like you’re trying too hard; pair this casual minidress with leggings. You’ll be tempted to swish that skirt a little. La Luna minidress, Miss Brache, $79.
Play sweet and innocent in a sweetheart cutout dress from Vivat Veritas 7. Just prepare to be carded. $90.
Kick it up a notch with a bustier dress by Leanimal. Go neutral at night with the Niora dress, $625, pictured right, or try the denim Dallas dress, $165, for a night on the town.
Evoke old Hollywood at your next formal with this vintage bombshell gown in flamingo-pink chiffon. Miss Elliette dress, Butch Wax Vintage, $95.
Celebrate blue skies and an extra hour of daylight with this handmade and vintage jewelry from Etsy.
If you’re forced to don galoshes in deference to March’s moody weather, pair them with a sassy skirt to keep spirits high. (And stash a pair of cute heels under your desk.)
Meet gray days head on with a bright retro print. Aqua floral wiggle skirt. The Greedy Seagull, $34.
A sunny citrus pattern gives you a needed taste of California sun. Lemon-and-lime pencil skirt. Art Effect, $74.50.
This black-and-white wool begs for a vivid blouse on top. Tuck skirt. Kanaro, $60.
Heidi the Artist accents a casual bamboo mini with a design taken from her original painting. Eco Belvedere skirt, $22.
Melissa Tabor pairs tame tweed with a seatbelt waistband for a little edge. Gathered tweed short skirt. $185.
Matches anything? Check. Inspires ear-to-ear grins? Check. Rainbow circle miniskirt (pictured right). YY Studio, $159.60.
Need an excuse to dress up for an evening out? Any of these Etsy dresses will qualify.
Structured pleats and textured rosette fabric balance each other in the Itziar dress from Angel Iglesias (pictured above); $161.
Still feeling the chill? Stave off the rest of winter’s cold with these handmade felt items from Etsy. Wool felt is amazingly warm and lends itself to the creation of three-dimensional fashion.
These felted wool headbands add a boho vibe to your winter wear. Amanita Mushroom and Pink Flower headbands, Phoebe’s Fiber, $22 each.
Cristina Pires’s black swan scarf (right) evokes modern art and nature. Cygnus Atratus Apparatus, $111.
Other Etsy artists essentially sculpt accessories with felted fiber. Red felt collar, RVSD, $32; and white chain necklace, Felt Fieltro Filc, $69.
The figure-flattering drape of Sandmaiden’s felted tops will surprise you. Dolman top, $125.
Felting thinly knit fabric allows for a translucent, ethereal wrap with warmth. Manon Knits, Black Marble cobweb lace scarf, $68; and Fiery Lava wrap, $65.
The structured waves of this scarf by Felted Pleasure demonstrate the opposite extreme. Wavy scarf in lavender, $64.
Usher in the Year of the Rabbit with these whimsical pieces from Etsy.