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9 of the Best Places to Shop Around U Street and Shaw

Salt & Sundry's one of our favorite places to look for chic dinner party essentials and gifts. Photograph courtesy of Salt & Sundry.
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Current Boutique

The Logan Circle outpost of this Washington chainlet keeps DC’s young professionals fashionable in sundresses from Charlie Jade and voguish frocks by Ark & Co. Part new and part consignment, Current also stocks discounted designer jeans and secondhand separates from a bevy of your favorite brands. Additional locations: Old Town Alexandria, Arlington, and Bethesda.

1809 14th St., NW; 202-588-7311.

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Photo of Current Boutique via Flickr user Elvert Barnes.

Frank & Oak

This Canadian brand stocks on-trend mens apparel and accessories with affordable prices—think $60 button-downs and $80 sweaters—along with a Trunk Club-esque delivery service. There is also a barber chair where shoppers can sit for a quick cut or shave.

1924 Eighth St., NW; 202-499-1458.


Dan and Anna Kahoe’s U Street institution has furnished countless Logan Circle abodes. Victorian bookcases mix with industrial light fixtures and vintage bomber jackets in this thoughtfully styled space.

1428 U St., NW; 202-986-3640.

Kit and Ace

The founders of Lululemon set up the first DC location for their “technical cashmere” here in 2015 (with two other stores in Bethesda and Georgetown) hoping to harness the area’s “creative class.” Stop in for comfy men’s and women’s separates that feel like sweats but look like office attire

1924 Eighth St., NW; 844-548-6223.

Photo courtesy of Frank & Oak.
Photo courtesy of Frank & Oak.

Lettie Gooch Boutique

This shop stocks a bit of everything: tailored dresses, colorful handbags, bold jewelry. The sale section often has heavily discounted items; for even deeper discounts, go to the website and sign up for the e-mail list to get information on special sales.

1921 Eighth St., NW; 202-332-4242.

Read Wall

DC native Read Wall started his eponymous men’s line when he was only 25, and it’s quickly taken on cult status among local yuppies. In a shop reminiscent of a cigar bar, you’ll find crisp chinos, bright wax jackets, and cotton polos.

1921 Eighth St., NW; 866-798-3655.


This 14th Street shop features stylish men’s and women’s clothing for fashion-forward urbanites, with brands such as Religion, Something Else, and Kai-aakmann. There’s also a solid selection of shoes by Wolverine and jewelry by Biko and Bones and Feathers.

1810 14th St., NW; 202-332-7447.

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The cashmere offerings at Kit and Ace are comfy enough for bed, but pretty enough for a night out. Photo courtesy of Kit and Ace.

Salt & Sundry

The go-to spot for hip housewares, birthday gifts for best friends, and finishing design touches, this Union Market shop keeps young Washingtonians stylish. Graphic Leah Singh pillows sit next to teak salt cellars and hot-off-the-press coffee-table books.

1401 S St., NW; 202-621-6647.


Known primarily for handsome (American-made) leather watches, this Detroit brand has a tiny but delightful boutique on Fourteenth Street, stocking everything from small leather goods to bicycles. 1631 14th St., NW; 202-470-0200.

This article appears in Washingtonian’s Welcome Guide.