Best Places To Buy A New Purse In Washington DC

August 20, 2013 8:00 AM

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A different purse is necessary for every occasion, right? Women tend to favor a wide collection of purses – one can never have too many. With fall right around the corner, stock up on versatile bags that will last for seasons to come.

Bishop Boutique
815-B King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 312-0042

This chic Old-Town Alexandria boutique has something for everyone and appeals to a wide audience, making it hard to walk away empty handed. The average price point for handbags carried is $250. Bishop Boutique carries many notable brands, including Milly, Loeffler Randall, LK Bennett, NOAH and Elaine Turner. Kelly Ferenc of Bishop Boutique says cross-body bags are popular sellers. “The mini crossbag by Milly is a trend that we cannot keep in stock. For fall we will be carrying this style in two color-block options: black and blue and black and white.” The shop gets in new pieces every six to eight weeks year round so the variety is ideal. There are two major sales each year – the Old Town Sidewalk Sale in August and the Boutique District Warehouse Sale in February of each year. Customers are encouraged to sign up for the boutique’s email list to receive friendly reminders of sales and new arrivals.

3231 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-1598

The friendly high-end women’s consignment store is the vision of owner Krista Johnson. Johnson aims to make shoppers feel welcome, as if they are browsing a fashionable friend’s closet. A longtime Georgetown resident and avid thrift hunter, Johnson scours the globe for unique pieces for Ella-Rue. The shop is filled with notable expensive designers like Yves Saint Lauren, Gucci and Chanel. Elle-Rue gets new shipments daily, so inventory is always changing and the purse assortment is ever growing. Be sure to follow Ella-Rue on Twitter @shopellarue and like its Facebook page for sales exclusive to social media fans.

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4238 Wilson Blvd. Suite 2216
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 525-3206

Fornash is certainly a diamond in the ruff located in the Ballston Common Mall is Arlington. The preppy, vibrant store stands out among the rest in the mall. The accessory shop, known for unique fashion jewelry, has a selection of handbags. Be sure to stop by the store, as the bags are not available to purchase online. Street Level purses and Fornash branded bags are customer favorites. Fornash carries a variety of styles, from straw beach totes to evening clutches.

Lettie Gooch
1517 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-4242

Lettie Gooch, named after the owner’s grandmother, has been open seven years in the U Street Corridor. The contemporary lifestyle, apparel and accessories boutique offers a nice mixture of preppy, modern and bohemian styles. Vegan leather handbags costs from $40 to $150 and genuine leather handbags run from $150 to $450. “We are always sourcing for unique quality handbags and reasonable prices. Although we are always introducing new designers, we currently carry a lot of 49 Square Miles which are handcrafted leather or canvas with leather accents out of San Francisco,” said owner Theresa Watts. Lettie Gooch also hosts trunk shows for Diamantina, a local designer. The handbag selection is turned over at least quarterly. Bright hues and lighter-weight fabrics are featured in spring and summer and basic styles for fall include darker shades.

Wake-Up Little Suzie
3409 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-0700

The Cleveland Park gift shop, Wake-Up Little Suzie, sells handbag lines that are hard to find in surrounding areas. While the brands may not be as recognizable, the store owners strive to find smaller businesses that are more urban – Highway, Hardwear by Renee, Shirleah and Viva Zapata, to name a few. Wake-Up Little Suzie is currently building the fall collection so check back often for new merchandise. Price points range from $65 to $150.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at

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