The District is an ideal destination for the discerning shopper with plenty of cash to burn. From the upscale neighbourhood of Georgetown to the shopping hub Friendship Heights, there’s plenty of opportunity for retail therapy in the nation’s capital. Shopping malls aside, there are a handful of boutiques catering to the needs of the Washington D.C. elite. When senators and socialites need to look their best, they often enlist the help of the exclusive DC stores below.
Walking distance from the Metro Center stop, CityCenterDC is the newest downtown attraction. The sprawling complex is a blend of retail, residences and office space, and boasts an impressive selection of high-end shops. Burberry, Kate Spade and Loro Piana are all present and accounted for – to name just a few – while Dior, Hermes and David Yurman are all scheduled to open soon. After maxing out your credit cards, grab a burger at Daniel Bouloud’s DBGB, located just around the corner.
825 10th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Tucked away below the Steve Madden store in Georgetown, Wink is one of the best DC stores to visit for chic, flirty women’s attire. Home to Alice + Olivia, DVF, Rebecca Taylor and more, patrons will have no trouble finding stylish outfits that will take them from work to dinner date.
3109 M Street NW, Washington D.C.
The ultimate destination for the fashion-forward, Hu’s features luxury goods ripped off the runway. Offering clothes, bags and accessories from Alexander Wang, Celine and Yves Saint Laurent – among many others – this spot is a haven for women thirsting for edgy designer duds.
2906 M Street NW, Washington D.C.
The goods at this boutique are equal parts understated and sophisticated. Located in Caddy’s Alley, Relish highlights chic pieces from Marni, Dries van Noten, Joseph Altuzarra and more. The relaxed setting and attentive service make the shop an oasis for women looking for a more personalized shopping experience.
3312 Cady’s Alley NW, Washington D.C.
Quintessentially D.C., the Julia Farr Collection offers classic, sophisticated pieces, each named after a specific place in the District. The shop, located near the Friendship Heights metro stop, also features other designers. Here, customers will not only find professional daytime attire, but also dresses versatile enough to translate to the evening. With a focus on building a wardrobe – and not just an outfit – Julia Farr is the destination for ladies hunting for occasion-appropriate pieces with longevity.
5232 44th Street NW, Washington D.C.
Ladies, this darling boutique keeps the District sexy with brands like La Perla and Isabel de Pedro. Located in a Georgetown townhouse, the inventory at Jaryam includes a mix of fine lingerie and alluring swimwear. Not sure of your measurements? The helpful staff will sort you out, and help you unleash your inner vixen.
1631 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
Hugh and Crye
Menswear does not get more personalized than the goods at this shop, located near the Navy Yard metro. Launched in 2009, the retailer revolutionized sizing by creating a system based on body types. Short and skinny? No problem. Tall and athletic? You’re covered. With goods created for a variety of shapes, the Hugh & Crye threads can make a gentleman out of any old bloke. Start with a customized shirt. Add a blazer and pocket square to complete the look.
300 Tingey Street SE #140, Washington D.C.
Named for one owner’s dog and the other’s cat, preppy boutique Sherman Pickey offers exactly the right items to keep couples looking photo-shoot ready. For the ladies, a patterned dress with a long, beaded necklace will earn compliments at work. Pile on the accessories with a matching bag to get ready for a night out. Gentlemen, you are not forgotten. Plaid button-downs, colourful pants and casual sweaters make for excellent weekend wear. Featured designers include Nanette Lepore, Lilly Pulitzer and Tory Burch.
1647 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
Tiny Jewel Box
No look is complete without the bling, and thankfully, Tiny Jewel Box does not disappoint. Opened during the Great Depression, four floors of treasures promise to delight even the pickiest of shoppers, with vintage jewellery, modern pieces, engagement rings and watches all on display at this most exclusive of DC stores. Stephen Webster, David Yurman and Alex Sepkus are all represented, while custom creations abound for those who prefer one-of-a-kind baubles.
1147 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
Founded in 1999, this upscale family-owned boutique is the community go-to for wedding and event attire. At Everard’s Clothing, men can find designers like Hickey Freeman and Jack Victor, while the fairer sex are treated to pieces by American designers such as Sara Campbell and Byron Lars.
1802 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington D.C.
Virgin Atlantic operates daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Washington D.C., book your flight today and fill your suitcase with pieces from these designer shops.
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Written by Nina Fomufod