Designer Boutique Emporium DNA Opens Thursday in Dupont

Plus: The scoop on the celebrity guest slated to host the opening party.

By: Diana Elbasha

Good news if you work in downtown DC: Alice & Olivia, Equipment, Rag & Bone, and more buzzy contemporary labels are about to become part of your lunchtime shopping routine. Originally scheduled for an early March¬†opening, Dupont’s newest boutique, Emporium DNA, opens at 11 today at 1666 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, the former home of United Colors of Benetton.

The selection of brands represented at the new boutique—ranging from Adidas to Clover Canyon, for women and men—makes Emporium the first retailer of its kind in the downtown area. The boutique is set up in a store-within-a-store fashion and boasts an extensive shoe “gallery”; check out the website¬†for the full list of designers sold.

You’ll definitely want to mark your calendar for the store’s opening party: We got an exclusive tip that designer Rebecca Minkoff (whose girly handbags will also line Emporium’s shelves) and brother/CEO Uri Minkoff will make an appearance at the celebration, schedule to take place in-store next month. The date hasn’t yet been announced; we’ll update once we receive that information.

Emporium DNA. 1666 Connecticut Ave., NW. Open 10 to 9 Monday through Saturday and 11 to 7 on Sunday.