by Borderstan.com November 30, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

"fashion"

Andrew Nguyen’s fashion at Blues Hard Goods on 14th Street. NW (Courtesy of Blues Hard Goods)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

Vintage lovers, get excited… there’s a new store opening up, offering great one of a kind vintage pieces. Well… it’s not really a new store. Blue’s Hard Goods, the shop formerly known as Rue 14, has gone through an amazing transformation.

Racks that once held brands like Free People and Marc by Marc Jacobs are now lined with vintage workmen’s jeans, Varsity jackets and old sailor’s uniforms. The aesthetic is reminiscent 1950s blue collar. Or maybe it’s 1850s, considering the amount of Western Cowboy and Native American gear that decorates the store. Whatever it is, it is decidedly American.

I’ve noticed, as of late, that a lot of brands are sporting “Made in USA” tags. More and more brands (especially up and coming ones) are keeping things local rather than outsourcing to factories in China or other countries.

Perhaps, in the wake of this nationally political year, the fashion-conscious have also become somewhat patriotic. American Apparel aside, a number of local boutiques are selling more products made in the United States, and it’s impacting DC fashion trends. American made denim is coming back with a vengeance and I’ve noticed Western wear is beginning to creep into a lot of fashion forward street style.

And don’t forget bandanas! Andrew Nguyen, owner of Blues Hard Goods, has quite an obsession with vintage bandanas. His collection is substantial. In fact, one of the coolest pieces Nguyen has in his inventory is a scarf made entirely out of bandanas. By the clothing line “Mr. Vintage,” these scarves make a great addition to any urban cowboy’s  wardrobe. Especially one who is conscious of buying US made products.

Another cool facet to Blues Hard Goods is Los Gitanos, a collection of women’s clothing hand picked and styled by Tara Papanicolas. Her aesthetic, like that of Blue’s Hard Goods, harkens to a romantic, bygone era.

Blue’s Hard Goods is located at 1803A 14th Street NW. Stop in to check out the store or stay hip to new inventory by following them on Instagram: @BluesHardGoods.

Stay tuned for another edition of Dafna’s fashion.

Get an RSS Feed for all Borderstan stories or subscribe to Borderstan’s daily email newsletter.

by Borderstan.com November 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm 0

"Fashion"

Meoux on 14th Street NW. (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

Borderstan is sorrounded by fashion and fashionistas up and down and all around. Here we showcase their style.

Fashion Friday: Street Style showcases fashionable people in Borderstan. After I photograph them, I ask them what they were thinking when they got dressed.

This is Meaux (pronounced “Moe”). I stopped him a month or so ago while walking along 14th Street. His gold shoes are what got me. But then I noticed the studs on his shirt (which he added himself) and other details like his hat and bag. All over his outfit was fantastic. Here’s what he said about it:
“I’m an architecture student, so I think proportion. And volume. And I wanted to look cute.”

by Borderstan.com October 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm 0

 

"Fashion"

The DC Flea Month Long Extravaganza is currently taking place at Montserrat House (2016 9th Street NW). (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

Let me start off this column with a shameless plug: I am running and working at the DC Flea Month Long Extravaganza, which is currently taking place at Montserrat House (2016 9th Street NW).

A couple weeks back, we did an event with ThirstDC, a great group that “aims to create and foster thought leaders” through social events and talks. Our joint event, Style X Swag, allowed guests to come in, hear talks about fashion and then be styled themselves. One of the speakers, local fashion enthusiast and bow tie maker, Eliot Payne talked about how so many people don’t try something different in their style because they think “Oh, I couldn’t pull that off.”

He touched on one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to people and fashion. As a shop owner and person who loves helping people find cool clothes, it is really is frustrating to hear someone look at an item of clothing, love it but then refuse to try it on. All because they feel they wouldn’t be able to wear it or they would be judged for it. You will never know if you don’t try it on!

Now I’m not saying that if you are a person who wears suits or khakis and polo shirts normally, you should suddenly don a cat suit with an inflatable inner tube skirt (that is a hard look to pull off…believe me I’ve tried). I am simply suggesting that people should step out of their comfort zones with fashion. What you may think may not work for you may actually be a staple piece in your wardrobe.

So in other words:

  • If you are shopping and see something you like, but aren’t really sure that it will work for you… just try it on. You don’t have to pay for a moment in the dressing room.
  • Be open to suggestions. Sometimes sales people or stylists know you better than you think, so if they suggest something outside your comfort zone, be bold and try it on.
  • Go through your closet and try to find new and interesting outfits you would never have thought to wear. A plaid shirt with a striped sweater can look better than you think.

If you want to come visit DC Flea, we are open Thursday-Saturday 12-8 pm and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Stop in and get styled!

Get an RSS Feed for all Borderstan stories or subscribe to Borderstan’s daily email newsletter.

by Borderstan.com October 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

"Dafna"

Diala and Laila at Peregrine Espresso on 14th Street NW. (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

Borderstan is sorrounded by fashion and fashionistas up and down and all around. Here we showcase their style.

Fashion Friday: Street Style showcases fashionable people in Borderstan. After I photograph them, I ask them what they were thinking when they got dressed.

Here are Diala and Laila. I met them in Peregrine Espresso on 14th Street. They had matching Marc Jacobs handbags.

  • Diala: “I just like the bright pants and the polka dot combo”
  • Laila: “Just day off comfort, I guess.”

Get an RSS Feed for all Borderstan stories or subscribe to Borderstan’s daily email newsletter.

by Borderstan.com September 21, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

"Fashion"

Fashion Night Out  on September 6. (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

For the most part, DC’s Fashion’s Night Out on on September 6 took place in Georgetown. There was a lot of fanfare around it this year, as it was a pretty big event. But while everyone was rushing to see and be seen, a few 14th and U Street boutiques were doing their own thing away from the hustle and bustle of M Street. I hit two events, one at Redeem (1734 14th Street, NW) and the other at Lettie Gooch (1517 U Street, NW).

Redeem had a laid back evening of Hendrick’s gin fizzes and new fall looks. The store was showcasing their newest design brands Carla Fernandez (for women) and Munsoo Kwon (for men). I personally fell in love with Munsoo Kwon’s striking designs for men. Both designers had bold looks, something that we need more of in DC.  Mutiny, Redeem’s resident pop up shop, also had some cool new things: short novellas from famous authors, men’s accessories, and hygiene products, in addition to the usual array of fun trinkets.

After enjoying some drinks and snacks, I headed over to Lettie Gooch for their Champagne, Clutches and Couture evening. There was already a frenzy of women there in high gear shopping mode. DJ Munch was in the window playing upbeat music that put everyone in a party mood. Besides some great sale items, Lettie Gooch featured fall looks from old and new designers as well as great handcrafted leather handbags from Diamantina Bags. Cork Wine Bar was also there, providing delicious champagne cocktails.

Seeing so much stylish fall clothing definitely made me excited for the upcoming cooler weather. It was also great to see so many fashionable people out enjoying the evening.  Perhaps more boutiques will get involved next year, and we can bring FNO to the U Street Corridor.

Get an RSS Feed for all Borderstan stories or subscribe to Borderstan’s daily email newsletter.

 

 

 

by Borderstan.com August 14, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,754 0

"Dafna Steinberg"

Dafna Steinberg at her studio. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania and Luis Gomez.

Local artist-photographer, Dafna Steinberg was seven when she received her first camera – and she hasn’t stopped snapping pictures since.

The DC native and U Street resident finds inspiration for her art in everything – including her art-driven childhood, her neighborhood and DC’s arts community.

“My mother would take me to museums and galleries all over,” said Steinberg. “In fact, she was the one that gave me my first camera.”

After discovering the darkroom at age 13, Steinberg knew she wanted to pursue photography.

“I think it was the photographic process [that captured me],” said Steinberg. “From taking the photo on film, to developing it and then printing it – it’s like magic.”

Steinberg’s photographic art has evolved over the years; these days, she is very involved with mixed media and collage.

“Collage is a different creative process all together, but it still holds a sense of magic,” explained the artist. “It’s taking bits and pieces of my images or other found images and turning them into something new and interesting.”

Living in DC has propelled Steinberg’s creative drive and has given the artist opportunities she never imagined having. Steinberg shares a studio space close to her apartment with six other DC-based artists.

“It’s like having my own little art community,” said Steinberg, who also mentioned that she appreciates the constant feedback from her studio-mates.

In addition to creating her own art and staying active in DC’s art community, Steinberg finds and sells vintage clothes and accessories at DC Flea, a monthly pop up vintage market, of which she is a co-founder. In her spare time, she also boxes, tweets and drinks lots and lots of coffee.

Steinberg is currently working on a project about food culture and emotional eating. The project will result in an installation and performance sometime next year at Doris Mae, a gallery opening up on 14th Street.

As part of the project, Steinberg started a blog called “Eat What I Feel” where she collects photos of people eating food and their experience of eating.

For more information on the artist, visit her website: www.dafnasteinberg.com.

Get an RSS Feed for all Borderstan stories.

by Borderstan.com March 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm 0

“DC Flea” (Courtesy Dafna Steinberg)

The upstairs lounge at Blackbyrd, 2005 14th Street NW, will become a flea market on the next two Sundays, March 18 and March 25. The pop-up vintage fashion event, DC Flea, is being organized by Philissa Williams and Dafna Steinberg — who hope to bring a little bit more than just the browsing to the shopping. Williams and Steinberg said music and drinks will be available at the bar. Hours are noon to 6 pm on both Sundays.

“March will be our first month and we are hoping for it to be a success,” says Steinberg.

Men’s and women’s vintage clothes and accessories (plus some other goodies) will be on display. There will be a number of different sellers there, so stop by for some great fashion finds!

Like Borderstan’s Business stories? Get an RSS Feed for the Business Section, or an RSS Feed for all Borderstan stories.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list