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The boutique’s new digs will boast vintage clothing alongside the usual antique offerings. By Diana Elbasha
Foundry, a U Street staple, is moving to H Street in November. Photograph by Erik Uecke.

Since she came to U Street two years ago, Foundry owner and designer Yvette Freeman has stolen our hearts with her worldly passion for home furnishings and antiques—traveling to Paris, Florence, and the like to track down stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces. So imagine our excitement when she announced today that she’s expanding her business to sell—ready for this—clothing.

Beginning November 15, Foundry will sell vintage clothing alongside antiques from new, larger digs just off H Street. And when we say larger, we mean it: The new space, an appropriately historic two-level carriage house in Atlas Court Alley, is 4,000 square feet—four times the size of the boutique’s current showroom. A new design center for personalized consultations and custom orders will occupy half the space. Says Freeman on the expansion: “As more condominium and apartment complexes develop in the H Street corridor, the need for furniture and home accessories increases, and our move to a bigger showroom will help us showcase even more items.”

The clothing portion of the business, dubbed Foundry Threads (Freeman calls it an “era lifestyle brand”), is inspired by the rugged effortlessness of James Dean and will cater primarily, but not exclusively, to men. The space will feature a “fashion wheel” that helps male shoppers narrow down their clothing selections to achieve certain styles. Freeman says that with Foundry’s current offerings, customers are “living well and now [they] are dressing well, so we are helping you to accomplish that” with the addition of Threads. We, for one, can’t wait to see what turns up.

Bonus: The move means lots of purging from the old space, which equals major discounts for customers. From now until the new location opens, everything in Foundry’s current inventory is half off.

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The owner of Stylish Patina shares her secrets for curating an amazing vintage-modern home. By Michelle Thomas
The Rough Luxe Market kicks off this weekend. Photographs courtesy of Stylish Patina.

Kelly Millspaugh Thompson has an eye for vintage. As the owner of the Falls Church furniture and decor shop Stylish Patina, she hunts down no-longer-loved old furniture and puts her magic spin on reworking each piece. The result? A collection of one-of-a-kind vintage finds sure to inspire instant home envy.

Stylish Patina owner Kelly Millspaugh Thompson.

This weekend—after years of hosting monthly barn sales in Frederick—Thompson launches a new curated market in Falls Church that she’s dubbed the Rough Luxe Marketplace. Expect a covetable mix of charming old finds, including rustic barn doors, elegant antique settees, raw pieces ready for a DIY, newly upholstered wing chairs, old books, vintage china, retro suitcases, refreshed tables, dresses, and other furnishings, and lots, lots more. This month features a Great Gatsby theme, spotlighting such glam ’20s-esque motifs as gold accents, jet black furniture, and glittering chandeliers.

So now we’ve sold you on your weekend plans. Next step: How exactly does Thompson do it? We checked in with the vintage master for her expert tips on creating your own vintage-fab home. Read on for her secrets, then click through the gallery to get a sneak peek at some of the fab finds available at this weekend’s market.

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Posted at 12:50 PM/ET, 06/19/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
The last one was way back in October, so it’s high time to snag some of the DC-based collective’s vintage treasures. By Michelle Thomas
An image from Butler & Claypool's spring lookbook. Photographs courtesy of Butler & Claypool.

Vintage lovers, clear your weekend calendars: Local fashion collective Butler & Claypool unveils its latest batch of vintage gems with a spring pop-up shop this Saturday and Sunday, at which the group will debut their curated selection of clothing, homewares, and handmade accessories. Also on the list of pop-up fun: Tasty St. Germain cocktails and a showcase of custom upholstered furniture from Third + Grace, a brand new line from local photographer Nicole Crowder. Butler & Claypool’s awesome markets only take place every few months, so don’t miss your chance at the vintage goodness!

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Posted at 11:50 AM/ET, 05/02/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A first glimpse at the recently transformed Rue 14. By Irina Grechko
Inside Blue's Hard Goods. Photograph by Lauren Joseph.

If you’re a vintage lover, few shopping experiences come close to the thrill of uncovering a gently used designer find at a consignment store. Plenty of such secondhand treasures await at Washington’s newest vintage mecca, Blue’s Hard Goods, located in a second-floor space along the 14th Street corridor. Sound familiar? You might already be acquainted with this brick-and-mortar store—it’s the former Rue 14 space, renovated and reincarnated.

And while the sign outside may still read Rue 14, very little remains of the contemporary designer boutique that carried the likes of Marc Jacobs, Free People, and Gant. Instead, the store now offers rare denim brands, fringed leather jackets, and Victorian gowns in a conceptual hybrid that feels like part shop, part museum.

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Posted at 01:10 PM/ET, 04/30/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()