A Brief Hello

Monday, February 23, 2015

Rachel Cap File Spring 2015

Well, it’s been a while! I’m resurfacing to share a few things.

The Spring 2015 issue of Capitol File magazine is (just) out and features a roundtable discussion of “style setter” locals including yours truly. We talk “D.C. style” and how Washington has changed (or hasn’t). Robin Givhan was there and that was worth the thing, full stop.

In other news:

Fashion editor Kate Bennett has left Washingtonian for POLITICO, where she’ll author her own gossip column, “The KGB File” (more about it here on Poynter) In a personal email, she wrote that it “will cover all things Washington: insight, politics, happenings, fashion, parties, who’s who, entertainment, tech, power circles, openings/closings, real estate, business, the White House and more …perhaps the most exciting part is that everything is on the table.” Word has it that a certain former scribe at Washingtonian has been invited back to pick up where Kate left off….

Blog All Things Fashion DC, on hiatus, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create The Fashion Source, a “comprehensive print book & digital resource guide spanning 3 states, 30 neighborhoods, 35 features, & 1k+ fashion businesses.”

Meanwhile, Local line Hugh & Crye now has a podcast called The Protagonist.

The NYT hints that powerhouse styling agency The Wall Group may soon open a D.C. outpost.

Mark your calendars & buy your tickets: The District Sample Sale is March 3.

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Into it: Design Army campaign for the Ballet’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’

Monday, January 12, 2015

Shot at the National Arboretum and in dense woods in Virginia, the trailer for Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre’s original ballet is darkly beautiful and full of drama. The ballet debuts February 18-22 at the Kennedy Center. Tickets.

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More shopping options, pop-up edition

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Shinola is about to take over #thistown with a pop-up at 1534 14th St. NW; they’ll open a permanent spot in the ‘hood later this winter. {via The Post*} Don’t miss the great shit-from-Shinola reference in paragraph six.

Other pop-ups:
Starting this Saturday, Cady’s Alley in Georgetown will host a Holiday Bazaar featuring five local indie retailers/makers. There’s an opening party December 4 from 7-9 p.m. {via Cady’s Alley}

Ledbury, the Richmond-based men’s shirting retailer, has opened a pop-up in Georgetown just in time for the holidays. There are three special designs inspired by the location. {via Washingtonian’s Shop Around}

MM LaFleur, the NY-based, professional womenswear subscription service, has popped up at the District Architecture Center. Shop anytime through November 23, or check out special events taking place through the pop-up’s run {via MM LaFleur}

#AllCraftsConsidered is this Thursday! Get your shop on for the holiday. {via NPR}

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This weekend: the many many shopping options

Friday, November 14, 2014


What: Union Market’s curated retail series and shopping event
When: November 14 from 1pm-6pm | November 15 from 10am-6pm | November 16 from 10am-5pm
Where: Maurice Electric Warehouse, 500 Penn Street, NE, DC
About: Thread is Union Market’s free shopping affair, featuring an array of carefully curated fashion vendors. The Maurice Electric Warehouse space will transform into a bazaar-like journey through the best of on trend fashion. The market continues to recruit a variety of local and national fashion creatives – and for the first time ever – will welcome mobile vendors to this November’s line-up. Southern trendsetter Billy Reid and beaded jewelry designer Tsion Rocks are just a few of the names that will set-up-shop for the weekend.


What: Gilt City merchandise, accessories, home goods and more at up to 90% off retail plus an exclusive John Varvatos pop-up shop
When: November 14 from 7pm-11:30pm & November 15 from 9am-5pm
Where: Dock 5 @ Union Market, 1309 5th Street, NE, DC
About: The Gilt City Warehouse Sale is coming to Union Market. This Sale will feature all of your favorite designers at a discounted price and a John Varvatos Pop-Up Boutique within the space.

While in the ‘hood, don’t miss……


Nomad Yard//Old New Collectiv
What: A new collective of artists/creatives/retailers in a shared collective at the Union Art Building. Tour through the whole building this weekend to discover this and other spaces. There has been little buzz around this but the Nomad Yard space is right on the ground floor off New York Avenue and it looks awesome and chock-full of goodies. One of the founder is Tara Papanicolas, a stylist who used to run Alex, one of D.C.’s best early boutiques (it was way ahead of the curve and was located in an all-wrong spot downtown) that many new to the city will have never heard of. But it was legit and I think this will be, too.
Where: 411 NY Avenue–Union Arts Building

Meanwhile, across town:

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EF Collection Trunk Show & Designer Meet & Greet at Hu’s
What: Hu’s Wear welcomes LA-­?based jewelry designer Emily Faith for a special, one-­?day trunk show on Saturday. The trunk show will run throughout the weekend but Saturday is your chance to meet the designer. Faith’s EF Collection is PURE unstudied elegance. Pieces use handset white, black, and champagne diamonds and are faves of boldface Hollywood names such as Jessica Alba, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jennifer Lawrence.
When: Meet & greet 10-7 on Saturday.
Where: Hu’s Wear, 2906 M St. NW


Alice + Olivia Opening Party
WHAT: Alice + Olivia just opened in Georgetown. They’re having a party and you’re invited! Local DJ Ca$$idy (who I snapped/met for the first time in 2009…God I’m old). The alice + olivia team also taped local illustrator, Elizabeth Graeber who is painting alice + olivia inspired birds throughout the dressing rooms to help celebrate the opening of the store.
WHEN: Saturday 1-3 p.m.
WHERE: 3303 M St. NW

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