With a plethora of reputable boutiques in D.C. and the surrounding areas, it’s difficult for many stores to run a successful business or even remain open long enough to make a name for themselves. Competition is fierce, and not all can keep up, but these boutiques have proven themselves unique and established. Each has something different to offer, setting it apart from the crowd. These are the trendiest boutiques that opened in 2012.
1961 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22102
C. Wonder is a hip clothing, accessory and home goods store that has taken the fashion world by storm. Prices are more affordable than similar boutiques, and the assortment is versatile yet on trend. Tory Burch’s ex-husband, headquartered in New York City, founded the growing chain. Many Tory Burch fans controversially claim C. Wonder strangely resembles the eccentric lifestyle brand. Visit the large new addition to Tysons Corner mall, located on level two next to Nordstrom, and you be the judge. C. Wonder is an excellent place to purchase gifts, for yourself and others. Products are budget friendly but, alternatively, there are also many splurge-worthy pieces.
1624 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Two stylish sisters, Kyle Barber and Elizabeth Sutphin, make up the dynamic duo behind the fresh North Georgetown boutique, Duo. The women’s clothing and jewelry store, which opened its doors in February, is an expression of both Barber and Sutphin’s personalities. Sutphin’s successful handmade jewelry line, Hippie Chic, is also sold at Duo. Average prices range from $50 to $250, and popular designer brands include Dolce Vita, Collective Concepts and Ali Ro. Inventory is not viewable on the store’s website so, next time you’re in Georgetown, stop in and check out what Duo has to offer.
977 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Leica is a celebrated German camera brand that officially planted its roots in North America earlier this year. A luxurious Leicia store opened downtown in May 2012. The concept store, located at Penn Quarter, is an experience in itself, as the space was created to resemble a modern camera. While the camera and photography market in DC has been anything but booming, Leica hopes to change that and bring photography back.
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1127 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
The ultimate preppy destination, Pink Palm opened another Virginia store in mid-November. Old Town Alexandria is now home to the Lilly Pulitzer signature boutique, making this the fifth location for the growing business. With already-proven success, Pink Palm is a smart addition to King Street and likely here to stay. The shop is fun, vibrant and claims to have the largest selection of Lilly Pulitzer products in Virginia. Find clothing and accessories for women of all ages. Mothers may easily bring their children, as the bright colors are likely to keep kids occupied. Girly students who want to make a statement at school will find printed agendas, notebooks, pens and much more, helping to make learning a pleasure.
4920 Fairmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Take5 Boutique is a family affair, an idea formed and executed by a husband and wife team, the Iskenders. The recent grand opening of the Woodmont Triangle clothing store was Nov. 10. A number of personal style sessions are offered by trained stylists, and the store features an elite selection of designer names that are hard to come by in D.C. Much of the clothing reflects the owner’s heritage, hence the Turkish designers and European-inspired looks.
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