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A menswear brand and a beauty line offer last-minute gift options for men and women. By Kay Wicker
Photograph courtesy of Follain.

Need some help crossing off those last-minute gifts on your list? Among the usual finds at Union Market, you will find two holiday pop-ups—one a local brand, and the other a Boston-based beauty line. The former, menswear brand Mutiny, will be at the market Monday only, selling its current line of fashion, apothecary, writing goods, and other great gifts from Triumph & Disasters, Postal Co., and Norse Projects.

Can't make it to the market today? Mutiny can also be found at any of its three warehouse locations by appointment. The line promises oddities found across the country, plus high-end garments made with the quintessential Washington man in mind. You can also pick up a Mutiny magazine at the warehouses.

If you’re in need of stocking stuffers for her, check out Follain, a Boston beauty company founded by DC native Tara Foley. The brand, which supplies beauty products that promote and maintain good health, features a curated selection of skin care, hair care, and cosmetic products from more than 30 US brands. Check out the collection of travel-size products, perfect if you're hitting the road for the holidays.

Mutiny Union Market pop-up and Follain Union Market pop-up shop, through December 23. 1309 Fifth St., NE; 11 AM to 8 PM.

Posted at 01:07 PM/ET, 12/22/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
One weekend, two of our city's best shopping events. By Michelle Thomas
Last spring's Thread pop-up. Photograph by Leigh Vogel.

Get ready to shop: Next weekend, two of our favorite (and most reliably treasure-laden) shopping markets make their return to our city, right in time for the start of holiday gift-prep.

As part of Union Market's Fifth Street Folly weekend, curated retail event Thread returns for the third time, repeating its previous format—which last November pulled in more than 5,000 shoppers on each of its three days—by spotlighting a diverse lineup of national and local vendors that includes Southern-luxe designer Billy Reid alongside Washington-based brands such as DeNada, Matine, and Native Danger. One big difference this year: The market takes place in a new spot—the Maurice Electric Warehouse, just up the block and next the the Angelika pop-up.

So what's taking up Thread's previous space in the main building's Dock 5 space? That'd be Gilt's twice-yearly Warehouse Sale, a two-day ticketed shopping party formerly hosted at Long View Gallery. This year, the flash-sale site brings its discounted designer duds to Northeast. Along with cocktails, snacks, and music, you can expect to spy racks of clothing, shoes, bags, and home decor from big-ticket designers that include Helmut Lang, Zac Posen, Missoni, and more at discounts of up to 90 percent off. (Serious scores are practically guaranteed—in previous years, we've snagged pieces from Balenciaga, House of Harlow, and Pour la Victoire at major markdowns.) This year, the event will also host a special John Varvatos pop-up boutique with price cuts on fall and winter menswear. Tickets usually sell out fast—so get moving to snag one of the limited Friday-night entrance passes.

Thread. November 14, 1 to 6 PM; November 15, 10 AM to 6 PM; and November 16, 10 AM to 5 PM. Maurice Electric Warehouse, 500 Penn St., NE. Free.

Gilt City Warehouse Sale. November 14, 9:30 to 11:30 PM; November 15, 9 AM to 5 PM. Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 Fifth St., NE. $10 to $20 online.

Posted at 10:20 AM/ET, 11/07/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
You won’t want to miss this cool collective of local brands. By Diana Elbasha
Shop the quirky-cool designs of Rachel Pfeffer, shown above, along with six other local brands at SWANK. Photograph via Rachel Pfeffer Designs.

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: DigDogDigElaine BBeth LaurenMallory ShelterNMCParis 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.


Posted at 02:32 PM/ET, 04/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Because nothing beats the combo of local shopping, gourmet food, and beautiful weather. By Diana Elbasha
District Flea, inspired by the success of Brooklyn Flea, returns to Florida Ave. this weekend. Photographs via District Flea on Facebook.

Now that spring weather has graced the area with its presence, we’re eager to take our shopping outdoors. You’re already familiar with local staples such as Eastern Market and neighborhood farmers markets—but for those seeking a fresher experience, where to go on a beautiful spring Saturday in search of antiques and decor? Vintage frocks? Handmade jewelry? Read on for a primer on some of the area’s best spring retail markets, from returning outdoor pop-ups to trendy out-of-town newcomers. Tip: Mark your calendar for April 5, when many of the events kick off.


Dock 5 at Union Market, 1039 Fifth St., NE

When: April 4 from 1 to 7, April 5 from 11 to 7, and April 6 from 11 to 5

Union Market’s second pop-up retail experience returns to Dock 5 for three days, featuring temporary installations of such esteemed local brands as Politics & Prose, Mutiny, and St. Clair Jewelry. A few national names will also be in attendance, as well as a new showcase dubbed Here & Now of up-and-coming fashion brands. See our original post for more info.

DC MeetMarket

The lot at 1514 15th St., NW

When: 11 to 5 on the first Saturday of every month from April through November

Organized by husband-and-wife team designer Virgnia Arrisueño and street artist Kelly Towles DC MeetMarket aims to showcase the works of emerging local craftspeople and business owners. The market’s 40-plus vendors include beauty, fashion, kids’ clothing, and jewelry brands, in addition to food trucks, live music, and a slew of DC-based artists. See the impressive list of vendors online.

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Posted at 02:58 PM/ET, 04/01/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Here’s what to expect at the pop-up shopping event. By Diana Elbasha
Mark your calendars for Thread, where you can shop a slew of indie brands like Saint Clair jewelry and Follain beauty. Photographs via Thread on Instagram.

Last fall, Union Market hosted an experimental pop-up shopping event, Thread, in which 24 indie brands came together for a three-day extravaganza at the up-and-coming venue. Showcasing such coveted local labels as Saint Clair and Hugh & Crye, as well as emerging national names, the inaugural event proved a huge success, attracting upward of 5,000 visitors daily. Thus, round two was quickly put into the works—and will debut at Dock 5 in just a few weeks.

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Posted at 09:45 AM/ET, 03/12/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The wallet-friendly traveling tailor will be in town for ten days. By Diana Elbasha
Indochino’s spring line offers a breadth of new color, fabric, and customization options. Photograph by Kate Warren.

In search of a custom suit for less? Here’s how you can get one: Starting next Thursday, the affordable made-to-measure suiting brand Indochino returns for another ten-day pop-up shop at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street venue.

Experts from the Canadian-born brand will be on site from 8 to 8 each day to take guests’ measurements and style full looks using pieces from Indochino’s new spring line, which includes 11 new suits with lighter fabrics and tons of new color, monogram, lapel, and vent options. Casual pieces, such as the brand’s best-selling chambray (in seven shades!), will also be available at the pop-up. Suits start at the comparatively low price of $449 and arrive at your doorstep within six weeks of ordering.

Appointments are available in 15-minute intervals, and anyone who books online will score a free dress shirt with any suit purchase.

Indochino. 8 to 8, March 6-16. 918 F St., NW.

Posted at 11:28 AM/ET, 02/25/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Just announced: The biannual shopping event returns March 7 and 8. By Diana Elbasha
What you'll find at the Gilt City Warehouse Sale: overflowing racks of apparel, shoes, and accessories by high-end designer labels. Photograph courtesy of Gilt.

It’s back: The twice-yearly shopping extravaganza hosted by our favorite flash sale site is upon us. The Gilt City Warehouse Sale, a two-day shopping event that fills Shaw’s Long View Gallery with a seemingly endless stock of discounted designer apparel, shoes, handbags, and jewelry, returns to Washington March 8 and 9. Enjoy gratis cocktails, refreshments, and music while you scour an impressive array of goodies by such coveted labels as Missoni, Zac Posen, and Valentino at discounts of up to 90 percent. (Case in point: at a previous sale, we scored this RED Valentino handbag, regularly $495, for $90.)

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Posted at 03:05 PM/ET, 02/11/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Fashion editor Kate Bennett picks her five favorite items for holiday gift-giving at this weekend’s retail pop-up. By Kate Bennett

There’s nothing like a new destination with fresh vendors and hand-selected designs to kick off the holiday shopping season. That’s why I’m thrilled that Thread, Union Market’s three-day pop-up of small-biz local and national retailers, is coming to town this weekend. I got to preview the offerings and came away with a wish list of covetable favorites.

1) Grid Shibori pillow in blue, $200 at Rebecca Atwood
Inspired by the textiles of Japan, Brooklyn-based artist Rebecca Atwood creates handmade items for the perfectly appointed home. The modest imperfections from the dyeing process make each of her items one-of-a-kind.

2) Mia wool camel coat, $255 at Anthom
This online boutique of modern fashion and accessories offers a great selection of carefully curated styles. I particularly love the edgy detail and deep V opening—it adds a little something extra to the closet staple.

3) Fingerless armwarmers, $42 at DeNada
I like Virgina Arrisueño’s DeNada line so much I would wrap myself in the soft Peruvian alpaca knits in the peak of summer. These fingerless armwarmers are a great layering accessory—and easy on your wallet, to boot.

4) Gold metallic printed python folded clutch, $575 at Emily Cho
It’s the holidays; sometimes you just have to splurge. This shimmery clutch, by New York designer Emily Cho, is ideal for holiday parties—I love the chic foldover detail.

5) Buggy Back L’Enfant blazer, $245 at Hugh & Crye
I started drinking the Hugh & Crye Kool-Aid a few years ago thanks to the brand’s semi-custom, perfectly fitted shirts—bonus that it got local men on board with the tailoring trend, too. Now the company has started offering blazers in lightweight, slim-fit styles, just like the shirts. Pick up one of these versatile, partially lined blazers for the man in your life.

For more information on the retailers, hours of operation, or the Walkmen concert happening in conjunction with the event on Saturday night, visit the website.

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Here are seven vendors you’ll want to check out. By Michelle Thomas
Meg Biram Shop, Ernest Alexander, Follain, Elaine B. Jewelry and Mutiny are five of the 24 vendors popping up at Union Market's Thread this weekend.

As if you needed another reason to make your way toward Union Market, this Friday kicks off the revived marketplace’s first foray into the non-edible with a 24-vendor pop-up retail concept. The weekend-long market will play host to a stable of our favorite local brands, including some you’re already familiar with—such as DeNada Design, Anthom, Saint Clair Jewelry, and Hugh & Crye—plus several you’re probably not. Here are a few of those vendors (both local and otherwise) we’re most excited to shop. We suggest beelining their way.

Elaine B. Jewelry
The purveyors of hand-crafted cool at Topaz + Arrow turned us on to this jeweler from Charlottesville, whose geometric 3D designs combine wearable simplicity with sculptural modernity. We’re particularly smitten with her slender hexagon rings and edgy take on classic (faux) diamond studs.

Part retail brand, part art piece, this local collective takes an unusual approach to product curation, crafting a collection meant to reflect the “brooding man with a meaty intellect.” What that means: simple, well-crafted, and perfectly rugged pieces—many made right here in DC—that range from pencils and literature to apothecary and clothing.

The Boston-born beauty store takes a health-conscious yet style-savvy approach to skin care, hair products, and cosmetics, stocking high-end natural brands such as RGB, Rahua, Ilia, and Jane Iredale.

Shockoe Denim
This brand makes its pairs by hand in its Richmond showroom, using raw selvedge denim from a mill in North Carolina. There’s only a handful of styles—mostly slim and straight cuts—but Shockoe’s small-batch sensibility fits right in with Union Market’s concept.

Meg Biram Shop
Fans of Meg Biram’s eponymous blog probably already covet the shopping finds she posts on her site (and her Pinterest, and Instagram, and . . .); but her recently launched e-store transforms those picks into something shoppable. Her booth at Thread means this is your chance to peruse her carefully curated selection in person for the first time. Leather turbans, snake hand coils, and fringey bags? Yes, please.

Ernest Alexander
This menswear line, based in New York, prioritizes craftsmanship and form-meets-function for the brand’s carryalls, ties, and shirts.

Emily Cho
Luxe and modern, this NYC-based handbag line stands out for its high-end construction and sleek designs, with a focus on bold-yet-sophisticated colors and textured leathers.

Thread at Dock 5. Friday 1 to 8, Saturday 11 to 8, and Sunday 11 to 5. Union Market, 1305 Fifth St, NE. Get more information online.

Posted at 03:17 PM/ET, 11/25/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Get a glimpse at the e-shop’s impeccably designed Wisconsin Avenue showroom. By Michelle Thomas
Ledbury pops up in Georgetown for the next month. Photographs by Lauren Joseph.

In the spirit of the season, let’s take a moment to give thanks for the major uptick in awesome menswear options that have flooded Georgetown in recent years. These days, there’s pretty much no excuse for our guys to still be donning ill-fitting suits and balloon-like shirts—and for that we are grateful.

Doing their part to help the cause is Ledbury, a menswear e-shop based out of Richmond and open today for a monthlong seasonal pop-up on Wisconsin Avenue. At the showroom-style store, customers can try Ledbury’s shirting, blazers, and dresswear accessories, and the shop’s team will help place orders to be filled through the website. Expect the brand’s signature classic styles reworked with modern silhouettes, high-quality construction, and luxe fabrics. We snagged a sneak peek at the 1,000-square-foot shop this week, and among the highlights we spotted were the brand’s limited-run seasonal collection (like shirts in a super-soft brushed cotton herringbone), necessity-turned-luxe cashmere socks, and refined blazers, plus a solid selection of silk and knit ties in perfectly restrained patterns. And that’s not all: Beyond the clothes, the showroom nails a rugged-meets-dapper modern masculinity, complete with on-message taxidermy, a bourbon-stocked bar cart, and vintage midcentury furnishings provided by a Richmond antiques dealer (and available to buy, too). Read on to see more of the space and hear more about the brand straight from cofounder Paul Trible.

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Posted at 05:14 PM/ET, 11/21/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()