by Tim Regan October 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm 0

Lettie Gooch Pop-up 2U Street boutique Lettie Gooch will have a new life in Shaw.

Though the boutique announced in August it would close its doors at 1517 U St. NW and host a weekend pop-up store in Union Market, the store announced today it will be back at The Shay (8th St. between T St. and Florida NW) in November.

“We’re so excited to unpack our bags and settle back into the neighborhood where we began in 2006,” reads the press release. “We are making big plans to celebrate our Shaw homecoming and reopening with YOU!”

When it opens in the mixed-use development, Lettie Gooch will join businesses such as Warby Parker, Kit and Ace, Glen’s Garden Market and Compass Coffee.

Photo courtesy of Lettie Gooch

by Tim Regan September 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm 0

(Updated at 4:07 p.m. on Friday) U Street residents mourning the loss of Lettie Gooch will be able to get their fix soon enough.

Though the boutique announced last month it would close its location at 1517 U St. NW, Lettie Gooch owner Theresa Watts told Borderstan today she plans to host a weekend pop-up store in Union Market (1270 5th St. NE) starting this week.

Shoppers will be able to peruse the boutique’s fall selection at the pop-up per usual in the 500-square-foot space. Although the smaller store might not a permanent solution, Watts said that she’s still working out details for the boutique’s next step.

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by Tim Regan August 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Lettie Gooch, photo via Gooch is leaving its location at 1517 U Sreet NW, the boutique said in a press release today.

“Our doors have been open on U Street for over six exciting and fashionable years,” the press release reads. “We will be closing our doors at our current location at the end of this month and ‘popping up’ with our new and fabulous FALL collection in September. Stay tuned.”

As part of the move, the store will discount select merchandise by “at least” 30 percent until the end of the month.

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by June 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0


Ready for summer wear? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Sarah Griswold. Email her at sarahg[AT]

Hi friends! I hope you are all having a fabulous summer so far, I know that I am. Apart from those few bursts of crazy rain, the sunshine has been more that welcomed in this household. And with these beautiful days abound, I have brought my summer wardrobe out of hiding.

Ladies, I’m sure you’re like me — when dragging out your dusty box of summer dresses, short-shorts and cami’s, it’s exciting to be reunited with those small, but essential pieces that adorned all your “Summer 2012” Instagram photo album pictures, but then you’re left wanting.

My Local Picks

Whether you’re looking for new frocks to wear on your summer trip to NYC, or relaxing beachside vacation to Charleston, SC, or if you just want to freshen up your summer outfits, I have a list of cute little boutiques you must check out this year.

  • Redeem Shop Independent, 1734 14th St NW. Flaunting cool, designer duds for men and women, this shop also makes room for lesser known names too. For me, this is great place to get something completely unique, edgy, urban and screamingly original.
  • Caramel, 1603 U Street NW. One of the first spots I explored upon moving to the city. Again, this shop caters to men and women, so feel free to drag your boyfriend along to spruce up his wardrobe too! As far as the clothing goes, I find Caramel ultra feminine and airy; things you can wear to work and to happy hour right afterward.
  • Lettie Gooch, 1517 U Street NW. This is such a great shop and every time I walk by the window displays, I’m compelled to go in. Bright and bold colors and ready to wear styles that are modern without being pretentious. Flowy dresses, structured collars and bright statement jewelry adorn this little boutique.
  • Violet Boutique, 2439 18th Street NW. This is a great “go-to” spot with reliably cute and easy styles. It reminds me of shopping in your stylish girlfriend’s closet. Pretty, girly styles and accessories without pushing your boundaries too far.

At all of these boutiques, styles and sizes are limited, so be sure to check in with them often so you don’t miss out on anything!

And Once You’re Done…

  • Once you have done your damage, be sure to make some room in your closet and get rid of all those items you love but don’t wear anymore — Buffalo Exchange on 1318 14th Street NW accepts donations or you can resell there too.
  • You can also donate your items to any one of the great donation centers in a neighborhood near you.  Here are a couple to get you started — Martha’s Table at 2114 14th Street NW or Goodwill Donation Center on 2200 South Dakota Avenue NE.

Have I missed one of your favorite shops? Are there any new boutiques the rest of us should know about? Post a comment below and spread the love!

Happy summer shopping!

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Thursday: Fashion’s Night Out. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

DC’s Fashion’s Night Out is back, and it’s taking over the city tonight. Originally founded in New York to kick-off Fashion Week, Fashion’s Night Out is an event that now takes place in cities and towns across the country.

Several DC retailers and businesses will participate this year, including shops in Alexandria, Tyson’s Corner and Georgetown, which has more than 100 events planned for the evening. Participants can expect designer deals, fashion shows, promotions, parties and more.

But you don’t have to venture outside of the neighborhood to soak up the fashion — Lettie Gooch Boutique will host “Champagne, Clutches & Couture” to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out. From 6 until 10 pm, guests will be treated to champagne cocktails (provided by Cork Wine Bar and Market), a handbag trunk show and an opportunity to shop new fall arrivals.

Policy Restaurant and Lounge, 1904 14th Street NW, is offering shoppers some tasty discounts for Fashion’s Night Out. Featured wines at half price as well as dessert specials from 6 to 10 pm. Prices will depend on the wine you select.

“Champagne, Clutches & Couture” will take place tonight at 1517 U Street NW; the event is open to the public. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

Other neighborhood retailers participating in Fashion’s Night Out include Redeem (1734 14th Street NW) and G-Star RAW (1666 Connecticut Avenue NW).

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See LBD Always Okay; Color, Lace, Patterns Make You Fashion Forward from Kate on Monday… and Let’s Get Some Shoes (and Bags): Check Local Boutiques for Holidays from Laura on Wednesday.

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at [email protected]

New Year’s is the one night of the year when it matters most to look your best. The more sartorially-minded among us recognize that where you are, who you’re with, and what you wear when the ball drops set the tone for the entire year to come.


At Junction: Short- haired ermine 1950s swing coat. Cuff can be worn rolled or unrolled. Size 8 – 12, $265. (Courtesy of Junction)

After Christmas shopping and time off of work, you might not be able to justify splurging on a new outfit for one night out. If that’s the case, try dressing up your basic, go-to party outfit with distinctive jewelry and bold accessories.

Think of jewelry and accessories as smaller investments with potentially bigger returns than a pricey pair of heels or designer dress. The right necklace, colorful belt or pair of vintage gloves will make you stand out in the crowd on New Year’s Eve and could even become your new signature piece in 2012.


At Treasury: Long metallic chain necklaces with single charms, $52 – $128. (Eliza French)

Current Boutique, 1809 14th Street NW. At Current Boutique, gold, dangly earrings ($25.95 – $35.00) have been selling quickly this holiday season. The store also features statement necklace  ($48 – $62) and a pair of elbow-length black glove with crystal embellishment – ladylike charm meets New Year’s bling.

Some of the pieces are less unique, but they are also less than expensive than the handmade items at some other boutiques in the neighborhood.

As a cheaper option, you can buy someone this season’s trendier jewelry and accessories without having to worry that they might get lost on the dance floor somewhere between 2011 and 2012.

Ginger Root Design, 1530 U Streeet NW, Basement. Ginger Root Design is the perfect place to pick up one-of-a-kind jewelry. The boutique focuses on local artists with unique designs. For New Year’s, Ginger Root’s staff pointed me toward sparkling rings and pendant necklaces by Rachel Pfeffer ($92 – $173). Pfeffer works with materials like amethyst, pyrite, and drusy.


At Junction: Gloves are making a comeback. (Eliza French)

Large, geometric earrings by Jennifer Jeremias ($65 – $90) were another stand-out. These handmade metal earrings look delicate, but are durable enough to take the wear-and-tear of fighting the New Year’s crowds. Finally, tangled metallic necklaces by Lauren Joan ($120 -$150) tie any look together and are appropriate for any occasion – from a night out on the town to a big meeting with your boss at the office.

Junction, 1510 U St NW. A wall display at this vintage boutique showcases several classic holiday styles with on-trend accents.  Store Manager Megan Gay highlighted a few key pieces that compliment a vintage-inspired ’50s silhouette and could add a retro touch to a contemporary outfit.

Like other neighborhood stores, Junction’s display of evening gloves suggests the ‘evening glove’ comeback. From black and wrist-length to winter white and elbow-length, gloves are easy and affordable ($28 – $36) items to add a bit of elegance to your look.

Gay also recommended the store’s selection of gold and emerald vintage jewelry for subtle New Year’s glitz. If you’re willing to spend more on a truly


At Treasury: Colorful skinny belts are great for little black dresses, $18. (Eliza French)

distinctive piece, you can browse the collection of vintage fur ($98 – $215). Junction refurbishes gently-used furs, a material that Gay said can’t be recycled because of the chemicals applied during the tanning process. A rabbit-fur cape and a beige wooly jacket present dressier alternatives to that North Face puffer jacket.

Redeem, 1734 14th Street NW. Redeem carries a careful selection of edgy and distinctive jewelry, like the artisan SURevolution brand. Memorable items include necklaces ($95 – $125) and leather, stud, and suede cuff bracelets ($165).

Treasury, 1843 14th Street NW, second floor. This vintage shop tucked away upstairs next to Café Saint-Ex features a small selection of clothing, accessories, and jewelry, and offers a wealth of options for holiday wear. Saleswoman Joyce Guzowski noted that the shop’s collection of vintage brooches ($16 – $58) can make any outfit pop. Similarly, colorful skinny belts ($18) add festive sophistication to little black dresses or skinny jeans.

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At Rue 14: Long charm necklaces and chunky bracelets. (Eliza French)

Treasury, like Junction, has a few pairs of gloves in stock. Long metallic chain necklaces with a single over-size charm ($52-$128) have been popular lately, and Guzawski suggested using them as a bold statement piece for New Year’s Eve. Treasury also carries its own line of customizable rings, Lithics and the chunky metallic designs.

Stem, 1412 U Street NW. The tiny shop adjacent to DC Noodle stocks flower beaded rings ($18-$38), colorful beaded and woven cloth necklaces ($48 – $55) and delicate bead and wire bracelets that add a touch of whimsy  to the usual New Year’s glam. Knit scarves ($75 – $135), chunky knit or funky structural designs, are also a good way to accessorize a plain peacoat.

Rue 14, 1803A 14th Street NW. Rue 14 carries trendy, contemporary brands for both men and women. The store has the popular long charm necklaces ($49-$129) and chunky bracelets ($110).  For men, Mister Vintage cufflinks ($50) add a subtle special touch to a French-cuff shirt.

Lettie Gooch, 1517 U Street NW. Big, dangly earrings and long necklaces are your best bet here. These pieces are noticeable enough to embellish a simple black outfit, but are also easy to mix and match for more shine.

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Violet Boutique, 18th Street NW, Urban Expressions

At Violet: Faux leather python embossed metallic clutch in light gold by Urban Expressions ($40). (Courtesy of Violet)

See LBD Always Okay; Color, Lace, Patterns Make You Fashion Forward from Kate on Monday; look for accessories and jewelry options from Eliza tomorrow.

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at [email protected].

‘Tis the season for holiday parties galore and generally having a good excuse to get all glammed up. I’ve always been a shoes and bags girl, so for me, holiday dressing and gifting is just as much about finding the perfect shoe and handbag as the actual outfit.

For all you Borderstan fashionistas, here’s a run down of the hottest trends in shoes and bags for the holiday season — and a guide to where you can find the look locally. Because who doesn’t love pretty shoes and supporting local biz?

Get the Look Locally

One of the best parts of the Borderstan area is that you don’t have to travel far to shop.

At Current: GORGEOUS Dior tan snakeskin with black velvet pumps, size 8.5, $198.95. (Courtesy of Current)

Between boutique womenswear and handbags at Lettie Gooch, Rue 14, Junction and Violet, plus high-end consignment and vintage finds at Secondi and Current Boutique, you’re sure to find the perfect shoes and bags to get you through holiday parties, New Years’ Eve, and then all of those straggler holiday parties that happen in January.

Lettie Gooch1517 U Street NW, carries a great selection of trendy bags and accessories. A stop by this weekend revealed lots of sparkly clutches that would be perfect party accessories.

At Current: Wilbur & Gussie blue and gold clutch with broach, $82.95. (Courtesy of Current) 

Secondi, at 1702 Connecticut Avenue NW, is a high-end consignment boutique carrying shoes and bags. You’ll need to set time aside to dig through the wares, but I’ve seen everything here from Louis to Louboutin. Just recently, I saw lots of platform pumps, suede and statement handbags.

Current Boutique, at 1809 14th Street NW, sells old and new items, also specializing in high-end consignment. I spotted a Coach Poppy black sequin crossbody bag there recently that was absolute perfection. Plus, the GORGEOUS Dior snakeskin and velvet pumps pictured above.

Somewhat newer to the neighborhood, Violet Boutique at 2439 18th Street NW is a good spot for on-trend partywear or a fun new bag. I’m also digging all of their costume jewelry.

Junction, a vintage and resale boutique at 1510 U Street NW is also a great spot for one-of-a-kind statement finds, from accessories to shoes and clothing. The vintage-y look is really in right now (think: lace-up booties, dainty pillbox bags, beige ANYTHING) and Junction is a great spot to score a vintage staple for holiday dressing.

Secondi Consignment, Connecticut Avenue NW

At Secondi: Giuseppe Zanoti pumps (left), size 7,  $145; and Jimmy Choo pumps, size 37, $236. (Alejandra Owens)

Now that you know where to shop, let’s talk trends for the season…

Let’s Get Some Shoes!

This season’s trends are all.about.the.concealed.platform. You can’t go wrong with a classic black suede pump with a height that you can rock in the office or at a party.

I’m also loving multi-tonal anything this season, and especially for shoes. Plus, suede is perfect for this time of year (just make sure to waterproof them!!)

SPARKLE. It is the holiday season after all. Sequins are everywhere from dresses to tops, handbags and headbands, so shoes are fair game too (and more sparkle is rarely a bad thing, in my opinion).

Booties. While everyone still loves a good pair of riding boots, this year’s look is all about black tights and booties. Plus, they’re versatile for dressing up or down.

Secondi Boutique, Connecticut Avenue NW, Prada

At Secondi: A Parada bag for $150. (Alejandra Owens)

And a Handbag, Too

Let’s keep the sparkle thing going, shall we? One of my favorite looks is an all-black outfit with a gorgeous showstopper bag and red lipstick, of course. It’s all about the statement piece, like this one:

Satchels. Once you start carrying a satchel, it’s hard to pick up anything else. They are so wonderful. Keeping with current obsessions — I love a satchel that is a.) suede b.) multi-tonal or textured and c.) extra points for both or a small pop of something unexpected — such as bold hardware or a print.

Party clutch or mini purse. Everyone needs one, especially this time of year when holiday parties and events beckon, but these bags can be tricky because of size. Make sure that your clutch or mini bag can hold cell phone, keys/wallet and a lipgloss and you should be good to go. Bare essentials only — leave the change of shoes, hairbrush and random stuff that you usually schlep around at home, you don’t need it tonight!

Look pretty out there for party season, Borderstan! What styles are YOU loving for holiday and New Years parties??

by December 12, 2011 at 10:20 am 2,306 3 Comments


Kate offers some options to the very simple, very simple Little Black Dress for this season’s holiday parties. (Luis Gomez Photos  and Leetie Gooch Boutique)

Coming midweek: Holiday party shoes and handbags from Laura… and jewelry and accessories from Eliza… and recommendations on where to get everything locally.

From Kate Hays. Follow her on Twitter @kateyhays and email her at [email protected]

Go in your closet and take a peek. If it looks like most of the streets of our fair city at this time of year, you’ve got it packed to the brim with grays and blacks. But our local boutiques are stocked with cute colors, fabrics and textures. So this holiday season, say buh-bye to the Little Black Dress… and helllllo color!

I stopped in at Lettie Gooch recently for a chat with Kenya Rennie, the store’s manager, who agreed with my opinion about the “LBD.” What is she loving this season? Longer hemlines and lace, the explosion of jewel tones (such as cobalt), and lots of nude tones. I gave her a few situations formerly covered by the LBD territory, and asked her to give us some ideas on what to wear.

Some of Kate’s favorite local boutiques: Some other local boutique favorites of mine include CaramelMulehrue14Current Boutique and Redeem. I think of it as a fashion win-win: A new dress and supporting local business while I’m at it.

Kate: You’ve got a work crush, who is the definition of hotness, and you want to be noticed at next week’s holiday party. But you don’t want to get put on notice by your boss for an inapprop wardrobe malfunction. What’s a girl to wear?

Kenya: I would choose one of our latest arrivals from Beth Bowley. a dress that combines one of the hottest trends of the season (lace) with one of winter’s coolest colors (cobalt). The silhouette is conservative, but the lace adds a hint of peak-a-boo flirtyness — perfect for getting your flirt on while still scoring points with the boss.

Kate: You’ve been invited to a house party. You’re single and ready to mingle. Dress?

Kenya: I’d go with the comfy lace overlay dress from Weston Wear. It’s so versatile, dressed up with glittering jewelry and pumps. Or, dressed down with flat boots and an edgy blazer… perfect for going a first date from a love connection started at that party, too.

Now you know: “A little black dress is an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel, intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible… Its ubiquity is such that it is often simply referred to as the “LBD.” (Wikipedia)

Kate: What about a family holiday dinner at your beau’s home, where you want to make nice with grandma, but not look like her?

Kenya: You’ll please everyone, even grandma, with an elegant frock from Darling. Channel Audrey Hepburn in this classic number that sports a jeweled collar and pockets.

Kate: Any final ideas for us, Kenya?

Kenya: We’ve got great tops and sweaters to add sparkle to those dresses, or to repurpose them for another occasion. Grab a sequined sweater or cardigan by Darling, or a sparkling top by Collective Concepts or Fate.

Back to Kate…

And thanks to Kenya’s excellent taste and styling, I purchased this little cutie by Eva Franco for my holiday festivities, along with some awesome dangly earrings.

Go give Lettie Gooch or one of our other local boutiques a visit and find your own LBD alternative. Some other local boutique favorites of mine include Caramel, Muleh, rue14, Current Boutique and Redeem. I think of it as a fashion win-win; a new dress, and supporting local business while I’m at it.

What’s your favorite local place to pick up new threads?


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