Think Runway, Shop Beltway: Bailey, Mid-City Thursdays

Posted on July 19, 2007
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If you’re planning to head over to the U Street/Adams Morgan area after work today for the Mercedes Bien Vintage event (which may be insanely crowded since the Post’s DC Scout picked it up on Tuesday), you might also wanna take advantage of the sales going on for Mid-City ThursdaysEVERY Thursday! As Supporter of Small Business points out, big chains have the money to quash small businesses and remove much-needed character from our fair city. So if you want to own unique items at fair prices and support cool indie boutiques, you should know about Third Thursdays.

Shopping locally is sort of the point of Think Runway Shop Beltway anyway….so if you’re a local designer or shop owner, I hope you’ll drop me a line!

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Speaking of independent designers….
PB friend Bailey Handbags is offering PB readers a 30% discount (enter discount code SHOPBAILEY at checkout) through the end of July on her line of leather clutches, hobos, satchels & totes. I love the James Satchel in Midnight, and the Parker Tote looks like the perfect work-to-play bag (it’s currently sold out, but if you contact designer Lauren Bailey directly, I bet she can make you happy).

Through July 31

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Think Runway, Shop Beltway: Unsung Designers Goes Patriotic for Charity

Posted on June 28, 2007
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Limited Edition Circa63 Lucite Bangles, $80 (100% of proceeds to charity)
Available at Unsung Designers online here or go visit in person silly (look for the light pink, recently tagged, doors in the alley). If you’ve never been, you’re missing out on some of the best merch in DC.

Unsung Designers
2412 18th Street NW
Rear Door A
Washington, D.C. 20009
202.234.1788 or 202.528.9525

Starting today, local indie-design mecca Unsung Designers will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of a special limited edition collection of Circa 63 vintage Lucite bangles to the
Fisher House Foundation, which supports America’s military families during times of medical emergency. Unsung Owners Grace Wang & Alishia Frey have teamed up with local designer Danielle Insetta of Circa 63 to offer the red white & blue bangles, were created for fashion labels such as Trifari and Diane
von Furstenberg in the mid-70s.

…And congrats to Jesse Walker of REALM, a Think Runway, Shop Beltway veteran who’s jewelry is now being sold at Unsung.

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Think Runway, Shop Beltway: Kickballers

Posted on June 22, 2007
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Shirt from Swedish brand WESC, MEK Jeans.

Sorry I couldn’t get this up yesterday….

So, Kickballers and I got to talking right after they saw that I had posted this. After talking to those kids that day and then hearing what partner Neran had to tell me about his soon-to-open M Street store (former Smash! space, dangerously close to Annie Creamcheese), I was eager to know more about streetwear clothes. Really, streetwear is a huge market that deserves major industry props—for its cusumers’ buying power alone. It’s a whole segment within the industry with a highly coveted demographic as its customers: young dudes. And if you can crack what it is that young guys want (sex? intricately detailed custom skateboards?–why, yes!) and not just sell it to them but create a whole “lifestyle” around it’s products, then you are a Golden God.

Can you tell I studied PR…?

Beyond that though, the clothing is inventive and everything is art-based and has this playful mood; so much so that toys have become a big part of the genre, and I can love any style of clothing that embraces toys. I could also love a company that embraces naps. Below: a bunch of looks from Kickballers, a Q&A with Carlo, one of the partners, and me trying to look like a badass.

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Think Runway, Shop Beltway: On Lokation

Posted on June 21, 2007
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Latino Royalty T-shirt, $78
Dekker cotton/linen jacket, $114 (marked down from $228!)

Model’s own jeans & shoes

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: I realize that the guys get somewhat neglected here at Project Beltway, so today for Think Runway, Shop Beltway I’ll feature a bunch of men’s looks from two different stores. I’ll also add a thing or two for the ladies though too, because I just can’t help myself.

I took Dominic, my “male model” over to On Lokation this past weekend, which is right above the 14U Cafe (fantastic coffee & comfy chairs at the intersection of 14th & U…duh). Owner Kellie Crawford stocks the showroom with gorgeous men’s and women’s clothing & accessories–stuff you won’t find anywhere else in the city. I’ve mentioned On Lokation before and I’ve been to a few of Kellie’s events; her showroom is still slightly under-the-radar and I almost hate to let the cat out of the bag. I couldn’t let Dominic have all the fun while we were there; I decided I couldn’t part with a gorgeous top from Israeli designer Lia Kes.

If you all decide to drop in, Kellie’s offering 10% off to PB readers.

Lots more, including my favorite look & something for the ladies, after the jump….
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