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She curates four exclusive looks from Georgetown-based leather goods company Sterling & Burke. By Valeria Boucas
The store's interior is a nod to British craftsmanship with good old all-American brands too. Photographs courtesy of Sterling & Burke.

If you haven’t yet stopped by Sterling & Burke, we strongly advise that you do. The refined selection of leather goods at this Pennsylvania Avenue boutique is an immediate reflection of British good taste. At first glance, it’s all about the details. Why toss your jewelry in a zippered pocket if you can roll it in a suede-lined case handmade in England? Or for the well-traveled gent, leave the note pad at home and document your overseas visit in a grosgrain leather diary instead. The impeccable attention to detail got us thinking: What would Sterling & Burke designer Alexandra J. Megan advise her customers to buy? She provided us with a curated selection of items for the professional man and woman, as well as hand-picked pieces for those looking to get away. 

Formal Businessman: 

Clockwise from top left: Sterling & Burke triple gusset case ($2,930); Charing Cross diary ($32); Ghurka jotter in vintage chestnut leather ($125); Ghurka slim card case ($140); Sterling silver money clip ($135); Daines & Hathaway zip folio in navy bridle leather; Benson & Clegg paisley tie ($175); silver knot cufflinks ($250); Penhaligon's fragrance ($125). 

Boys’ Weekend: 

Clockwise from top left: Filson travel kit in tan canvas ($95); Penhaligon's sartorial deodorant ($30); Charing Cross leather bookmark ($12); Sterling & Burke six-ounce flask ($93); Filson duffel bag ($260); Daines & Hathaway travel watch roll ($215); Sterling & Burke travel tray ($115). 

Formal Businesswoman: 

Clockwise from top left: Sterling & Burke district document case ($2,450); Charing Cross diary in red buffalo calf ($65); Daines & Hathaway tall purse in earth black ($160); Rho hand painted silk scarf ($144); Sterling & Burke business card case with snap closure ($150); Sterling & Burke cosmetic case ($165); Penhaligon's fragrance in Vaara scent ($160); Halcyon enamel bangle in plain hinged orange and gold ($165); Halcyon enamel bangle in salamander white and gold ($185); Halcyon enamel bangle in chain orange and gold ($195); Charing Cross letter sized envelope portfolio ($165).

Girls’ Weekend: 

Clockwise from top left: Sterling & Burke Emma clutch ($720); Penhaligon's perfume ($145); Penhaligon's body lotion ($15); Ghurka pouch ($130); Ghurka Tilbury III duffle ($1,395); Daines & Hathaway travel jewelry roll ($175); Halcyon enamel bangles ($185 each); Halcyon enamel bangle in plain hinged pink and gold ($165); Dempsey & Carroll thank-you single card ($5).

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 02:45 PM/ET, 08/11/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
It’s the fashion event you don’t want to miss. By Valeria Boucas
Photograph courtesy of iStock by Getty Images.

Be a fashion insider and attend Washingtonian’s first annual sample sale with all the chicest bells and whistles—from nibbles and drinks to a braid bar, men’s emporium, a posh lounge, and boutiques and stores galore. Shop the incredible 25 to 75 percent markdowns from more than 20 stores such as Wink, South Moon Under, Dash's of Old Town, Julia Farr, Ella Rue, and more! See below for more details. 

Date: August 20
Time: VIP 6 to 7 PM; General Admission 7 to 9 PM
Where: Long View Gallery

Tickets are now available and can be purchased here.

If you would like to become an exhibitor, please email 

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 12:05 PM/ET, 08/07/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Find out how to win a gift card at the grand-opening event. By Alison Kitchens
H&M’s third DC store opens next week. Photograph by Lauren Joseph.

We reported back in January that H&M was planning to open its third DC store in the former Filene’s Basement space at 1133 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest—and now the wait is finally over. The store will celebrate its grand opening at noon on Thursday, August 7, according to H&M’s Facebook page.

The event will include a deejay and special offers for the first 100 people in line. And a bonus for those who need to make some space in their closets: Shoppers who bring old clothes to be recycled before the store opens at noon will be entered to win a gift card valued somewhere between $50 and $100, according to the event page.

Happy shopping!

Find Alison Kitchens on Twitter at @alison_lynn

Posted at 10:43 AM/ET, 07/31/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The fashion brand’s first freestanding store in the Washington area is now open at Tysons Galleria. By Valeria Boucas
A rendering of the store’s facade clad in black Marquinia marble. Rendering courtesy of Prada.

Prada is officially in business in Washington. The Italian fashion house opened its doors at Tysons Galleria (Tysons II) in McLean on Thursday morning and joins an impressive roster of other luxe brands on Level 2. Ritzy neighbors include Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Tory Burch, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, and Gucci, among others. Needless to say, the highly anticipated store opening is in good company. Designed by Italian architect Roberto Baciocchi, the 320-square-foot store boasts a rich marble interior with steel finishes and will carry both men’s and women’s bags, accessories, leather goods, shoes, and ready-to-wear. You’ll know when you arrive once you see Prada’s signature black and white-checkered marble floor—a defining element of the brand. 

The Saffiano bag is available for purchase, and also comes in plum ($3,700).

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 10:00 AM/ET, 07/31/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Insiders tell us the luxe accessories brand may be headed our way soon. By Diana Elbasha
Photographs via

It’s been well-established that Shinola is a frontrunner in men’s accessories these days. Its distinctive watches made major waves last year when they landed a glitzy Vanity Fair spread, catapulting the brand from humble hometown startup to upscale industry leader. (We even snagged one for our annual holiday gift guide.) A tipster tells Shop Around that the brand's American-made goodswhich also include bicycles, journals, and wallets, primarily in luxurious leatherswill soon be a lot easier for Washingtonians to get their hands on. A Shinola boutique is rumored to be headed to the District.

We first heard the news in December, when the Michigan label announced plans for expansion not only to DC, but also to Minneapolis, Chicago, and London. Currently, the only standalone Shinola store that exists outside of its Detroit home base is in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, though a selection of the brand’s products are sold nationwide at high-end retailers such as Neiman Marcus.

Our suspicions were furthered when a DC-based job posting popped up on Shinola’s website. Our tipster says 14th Street is the top of the list for its location, though Shinola reps did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation of the rumor. We’ll update as we hear from them.

If the rumor proves true, the shop would sit alongside other neighborhood fashion favorites such as Federal, Mutiny, and Redeem. Where would you like to see the store open? Let us know in the comments.

See also: 

Gift Guide: For the Man in Your Life

Spring Style Picks: Colorful Men's Accessories

Posted at 04:30 PM/ET, 06/02/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The new boutique will unveil an ultra-sleek, modern design. By Diana Elbasha
Saint Laurent’s storefront in Tysons Galleria. Photograph via TAA PR.

Getting your hands on a classic Sac de Jour just became immensely easier: Saint Laurent’s long-awaited boutique in Tysons Galleria officially opens its doors on Wednesday.

We first received word back in November that the iconic French label, known for its mastery of Parisian-inspired neutrals and impeccable suiting, would be setting up shop in our ‘hood—and have had our eyes glued to the site ever since. We've just confirmed that the store will open on the Galleria’s second level at 10 AM Wednesday, May 21, and will sell both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear alongside accessories (hello, new handbag).

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Posted at 02:07 PM/ET, 05/20/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The retailer's just-launched storefront made a stunning backdrop for its latest photoshoot. By Diana Elbasha
The model is wearing a zip-front trench coat by Low Classic. Photograph by Marshall Johnson.

Since it launched last spring, ANTHOM—the brainchild of local creative masterminds Carla Cabrera (of the President Wears Prada), Ashley Turchin, and Marshall Johnson—has remained at the top of our wishlist for its daringly edgy selection of apparel and accessories by “under-the-radar” labels (Achro and Low Classic are two standouts). Following a successful year as an e-tailer and a visibly popular showing at Union Market’s Thread event, it came as no surprise that the stylish collective would take its web-based business to brick-and-mortar. 

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Posted at 03:46 PM/ET, 05/15/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The charming shop’s four-year run will soon come to an end. By Diana Elbasha
Only a few weeks left to shop Zoe's stock, which is discounted up to 40 percent through its June 8 closing. Photograph courtesy of the Old Town Boutique District.

Following a successful four-year run on the cobblestone streets of Old Town, girly apparel and accessories boutique Zoe will soon close its doors for the final time. The shop’s well-known owner Susan Gerock, who also works full-time elsewhere, says the success of the boutique has left her facing “a very difficult balancing act” that she’s been unable to keep up with.

“I found that as Zoe became more successful, the demands on my time just got greater. I just didn’t have the time to give to the store, and I’m just not the sort of person who is satisfied with doing anything halfway,” Gerock told Shop Around. The store’s final day in business will be June 8.

An Old Town staple that often partners with nearby Bishop and the local blogging community to create its signature lookbooks, the pink-tinged boutique has consistently been placed in our own Best of Old Town guides for its impressive offerings of feminine contemporary brands such as Trina Turk and Tracy Reese (a Michelle Obama favorite). And while her store may be going away, Gerock says Washington’s close-knit retail and fashion community can still expect to see her around: “There is so much going on in the fashion world and so many opportunities where I believe that technology could have a positive impact.  I hope to soon apply my background in both to some new and exciting developments.”

A plus side for bargain shoppers: in an effort to clear out the boutique, Zoe’s entire stock—from Chan Luu gems to Rebecca Taylor workwear—is currently going for 30 to 40 percent off. You can shop in the store or online via Shoptiques.

Read more about Zoe’s journey on its blog.

Posted at 04:56 PM/ET, 05/14/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The funky-luxe brand makes its home in Washington this fall. By Diana Elbasha
Get ready to see a little of this on M Street. Photograph via Alice + Olivia on Facebook.

Georgetown is just killing it lately when it comes to shopping. In the past year alone, the label-heavy ’hood has welcomed Calypso St. Barth, Tory Burch, and Frye, as well as massive DSW and H&M outposts. Next up in the queue, developers announced Monday, is Alice + Olivia.

The store—slated to open in the 2,400-square-foot corner space at 3303 M Street, Northwest (the former home of Qdoba), this fall—marks Alice + Olivia’s first standalone location in the region. That Georgetown is a destination for the brand’s brick-and-mortar shops—which also pop up in such high-fashion neighborhoods as Beverly Hills, the Hamptons, and SoHo—says a ton about how far our city has come in recent years: Is the uptick of upscale, trendy retailers putting us on track to becoming a fashion destination?

Apparently Stacey Bendet thinks so. Alice + Olivia’s eccentric yet impeccably dressed designer’s energetic pieces—think in-your-face patterns and funky-classy silhouettes—are welcome additions to Washington, where we’re always looking for ways to sneak a little flair into our workwear. Bendet is also known to design each store herself, sneaking in some of her non-A+O favorites such as Dylan’s Candy Bar treats and Malin + Goetz beauty products. We’re eager to see what’ll pop up in our local store.

Alice + Olivia. 3303 M St., NW. Opening September 2014.

Posted at 01:14 PM/ET, 04/28/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The best of the best in shoes and handbags are en route to Washington. By Diana Elbasha
We'll be seeing one of these soon in DC. Photograph by oneinchpunch /

We’ve been following the development of the long-anticipated CityCenterDC for months—and it didn’t take long to pick up on the luxurious vibe of its retail selection. But we recently learned what might be its biggest shopping news yet: Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, and Salvatore Ferragamo will set up shop in the coming months.

Washington Business Journal reports that the three powerhouse brands will soon join the rapidly growing development, which, when complete, will also include Burberry, Kate Spade, Zadig & Voltaire, Hugo Boss, Longchamp, and many others—making it by far the most upscale strip of retail in DC proper.

As if the highest of the high-end accessories weren’t luxe enough for one destination, the seemingly never-ending CityCenter rumor mill suggests Dior and Hermès may be making an appearance, as well, but developers have thus far declined to comment on the prospect. Here’s hoping for some Birkins in DC’s future.


See also:
Burberry Likely to Open in CityCenter
Coming Soon: Prada and Saint Laurent to Tysons Galleria

Posted at 02:55 PM/ET, 04/24/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()