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.
The Old Town accessories shop Bishop Boutique is known to go all out when it comes to lookbooks—previous works have featured beautifully elaborate sets and local bloggers in place of models. This season, the store took a new approach to to its catalog by partnering with a handful of nearby businesses—retail and otherwise—to create a joint lookbook that the team has dubbed the Cobblestone Runway.
Named after Old Town’s charming, signature streets, the lookbook brings together a talented mix of local forces: Styled by SpicyCandyDC’s Carlis Sanchez and primped by the Sugar House Day Spa, Rachel of My Fair Vanity, Tammy of A Loyal Love, Wendy of Old Town Home, and Bryarly of Everything That Flickers are the stars of the book, modeling not just Bishop’s latest goods (such as bubblegum-pink pumps and bright baubles) but also those of nearby Zoe Boutique. A partnership with the Dog Park and Operation Paws for Homes brought in some cute companions, and neighboring Jackson 20, Hotel Monoco, and the Morrison House Hotel hosted the photo shoots. Take a peek at some of the book’s best shots below, and head to Bishop’s blog to see the full version.
You’re already familiar with the food trucks that line DC’s busiest streets each day, offering a convenient source for time-crunched professionals and bringing new lunch options to suburban workers who may otherwise not have access to the city-based vendors. Inspired by this success, local boutique owners have begun to apply the same concept to clothing and accessories.
A growing number of Washington-based entrepreneurs are exploring these flexible, cost-saving “mobile boutiques,” loading their inventories of jewelry, handbags, dresses, and more onto trucks that stop in high-traffic neighborhoods throughout town. (Some powerhouse labels such as Warby Parker have also embraced the concept.) Haven’t spotted one yet? Here are six boutiques on wheels to look out for.
The exterior of this handpainted, robin’s-egg-blue camper perfectly reflects the vibe of the inventory within. Nollypop, which travels throughout Northern Virginia, specializes in locally handmade pieces such as jewelry, scarves, and stationery. The boutique can be booked for events, is known to pop up at local charity fundraisers and open houses, and often holds sales and happy hours of its own.
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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.
Great news for bargain shoppers: Georgetown is rapidly becoming a destination for affordable retail. In the past year, the buzzy neighborhood known for its upscale shopping has become home to T.J. Maxx/Homegoods, a revamped H&M, and a soon-to-open DSW. Next to join the mix is fast-fashion retailer Forever 21.
Washington Business Journal reports that a new Forever 21 store will take over H&M’s old 20,000-square-foot space in the Georgetown Park Mall, originally slated to house Walgreens. The upcoming location is the second in the District after Metro Center; other outposts exist in surrounding Montgomery, Pentagon City, and Columbia malls.
Stay tuned for an opening date—and while you wait, read up on our guide to Forever 21’s most worthwhile items (and the ones to skip).
Back in January, United Colors of Benetton announced it would close its store at 1666 Connecticut Avenue, just off Dupont Circle. Racked DC reports that the high-end boutique Emporium DNA will take its place, and is slated to open in early March.
Retailers are trickling in to the much-talked-about CityCenterDC—and, following this week’s announcement, it seems the shopping portion of the development is leaning increasingly accessories-heavy. A spokesperson for Longchamp tells us the luxe French label, best known for its signature Le Pliage totes, is locked down and is currently building out a space at the corner of Tenth and I streets, Northwest. The spokesperson says it’s too early in the game to project an opening date, but we’ll keep an eye on the store and update you as we collect more info.
Yesterday we brought good news to fashion-conscious Washingtonians with confirmation that those rumors of Topshop heading to the area are true. Today, Topshop spokesperson Richard Storer tells us that the 5,000-square-foot flagship store will set up shop at Virginia’s new Springfield Town Center, scheduled to open this October.
The location is a far cry from CityCenterDC, the space most often mentioned in rumors surrounding the opening. But Storer says the decision to branch out into Northern Virginia was one of careful research “of where to best place the brand within that particular territory,” and that the development of the center and the brands it will include “sit well with Topshop.” Topman won’t be a part of the new store, he adds, as part of a larger strategy to allow the two brands to “breathe” and operate separately.
Springfield Town Center sits at the site of the former Springfield Mall, which closed nearly two years ago to make way for new development. Only Macy’s, Target, and JCPenney currently remain; when construction is complete this fall, the new shopping center is likely to house Michael Kors, Banana Republic, and more high-end retailers in addition to trendy Topshop.
For many long months, eager shoppers have agonized over the teasing rumor that British retailer Topshop will be opening in Washington—a very big deal considering the store’s limited number of American outposts. Today, we can excitedly announce that the speculation wasn’t for naught: The casual-cool store is officially headed our way.