Fashion Intelligence: The District’s Vintage Store Guide
by ATFDC Contributor Susan Stipanovich
Unfortunately the District has recently lost a fantastic vintage shop that was a wonderful source of designer pieces as well as great everyday pieces that could be mixed into the chic Fashiontonian’s wardrobe: Annie Creamcheese on M St in Georgetown. While a necessary mourning period is in order, there are some wonderful options still in the District that can fill the void. Below, see the best of Washington’s vintage options:
Meep’s, 2104 18th St. NW; 202-265-6546, http://meepsdc.com. Meep’s re-opening party just a few weeks ago was covered by All Things Fashion DC and, like their merchandise, Meep’s has only gotten better with age. 1990s vintage, grunge- rocker plaid shirts, culottes, sells quickly at this longtime Adams Morgan vintage source. The atmosphere, packed racks of ’70s-’90s women’s clothes and menswear, offers a plethora of unique options for the eagle-eyed Fashiontonian.
Treasury Vintage, 1843 14th St. NW; 202-506-6908. http://shoptreasury.com. Meep’s partner store, Treasury Vintage feels like a boutique with its exposed brick walls and industrial racks. The stock is equally chic and Grace Kelly-inspired: silk pleated sheathes from the ’60s; Mary Jane loafers and Italian pumps plucked from a Florentine market; and pieces by big names Oscar de la Renta and Salvatore Ferragamo. Prices range by age and label, and there are pieces available to suit any Fashiontonian’s style.
It’s Vintage Darling, 3423 14th St NW; 202-525-1327, http://itsvintagedarlingdc.com. It’s Vintage Darling offers an array of vintage and designer clothing, shoes, and accessories. New items are featured daily in this carefully curated shop located in Columbia Heights. It’s Vintage Darling houses a truly nonpareil collection of vintage gems. Opened by Amirah Hikim and Kendall Hudgins, the shop sources men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, and accessories from New York, California, Massachusetts, and Florida.
Elinor Coleman’s Vintage Mirage, 210 N. Lee St., Suite 201, Alexandria; 703-535-8200, http://vintagemirage.com. Bygone partywear, an Eisenhower-era lace sheath, a ‘40s little black dress, are items loved and displayed at this Old Town shop. Transplanted New Yorker Coleman carries 1940s-1970s frocks, goth-cool Victorian mourning jewelry and evening handbags from names such as Whiting & Davis and Corde. Garments are organized by color and labeled by measurements for easy browsing.
Special service: The store can add “new” old buttons, or find vintage buttons to add a bit of personality to recently purchased sweaters or blazers.
Junction, 1510 U St. NW; 202-483-0260, http://junctionwdc.com. This shop boasts a modern, trendy feel, with ’80s seersucker tennis skirts, ’70s flare jeans and oversized ’80s silk blouses that look as if they were featured in the September issue of Vogue. Accessories are the real treasures of this shop, everything from cat-eyed sunglasses to woven straw clutches and vintage men’s ties. Don’t miss the white satin gloves or collection of costume jewelry, perfect for lending a bit of fun to an evening ensemble.
Mercedes Bien, 2423 18th St. NW, 2nd floor; 202-360-8481. “Women need to shake it up! Vintage is a good way to do that,” says Mercedes Bien, D.C.’s longest-running vintage dealer who oversees a second-floor boutique full of 1940s rayon print dresses, quirky belts and party pieces such as a ’80s black and gold jumpsuit that could have been featured “Dynasty.” Her clubby space decorated with vintage posters also holds a back room of dapper menswear such as ties and tweedy jackets.
Uesa Goods Vintage, By appointment only on Capitol Hill. E-mail Uesagoods@hotmail.com That fantasy about a hip aunt/sister with a secret stash of old party dresses? It comes true via Uesa (pronounced “U.S.”) Robinson’s appointment-only boutique. In her brick Capitol Hill rowhouse, find racks loaded with high-end, unusual pieces that would be perfect for a ritzy embassy soiree or a night out on the town. Everything from a ’20s coral lace bed jacket to pair with jeans and a tee, Pucci hotpants, and full-skirted 1950s cocktail frocks. In a rush? Many of her wares are also for sale at http://uesagoods.com.
*Photo Credit: Vive La Demoiselle
Susan Stipanovich is a stylist and writer who lives and works in Washington D.C. She researches counter terrorism methods and international security sector reform in Africa and the Middle East by day as a Department of Defense associate and spends her free time curating a fashionable lifestyle through her blog Hepburn Loves Givenchy.