Best Washington DC-Based Designers

October 22, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Tashia Senn

While Washington, DC may not be among the fashion capitals of the world, these local designers are working to change that. The design talent in DC is booming at the moment and will likely continue as the city gets more fashionable by the day.

Bishme R. Cromartie

Cromartie is a Baltimore native who learned to sew at the age of nine and started his fashion line by 15. As a boy, he made clothes for his toys and sketched women’s fashion designs. A one-man brand, Cromartie designs and sews everything himself. He specializes in chic, well-constructed dresses and edgy looks. The average price point for a dress starts at $350 and the newest collection, Adderrall XR, is available online. The online retail shop will be up and running in October. Cromartie says he is easily inspired. “I usually pull inspiration from shapes, cartoons, buildings, art, music and poetry. I’m inspired by the most random things,” he said. Cromartie, equipped with high aspirations and dedication, is surely one to watch.

Good Boy Committee

A brand for the people, Good Boy Committee aims to make customers feel comfortable yet empowered in their clothing. The company was born in 2010 and the creators work collectively in coming up with new designs, drawing influence from each other and the world around them – set out to change the way people look at clothing. Good Boy Committee does not aim to target one demographic but rather strives to let its clothing fit in with any style, allowing the customer to make it their own. The team is constantly coming up with new ideas and, with strong and positive reception, the line is growing quickly. Currently, a website relaunch is in the works and should be introduced soon. Shoppers can purchase Good Boy Committee clothing on the brand’s website and at select Sport Zones, including the new store in Fair Oaks Mall.

Hugh & Crye
3212 O St. N.W., Suite 5
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 250-3807

Hugh & Crye, the modern gentlemen’s shirt maker extraordinaire, started as the solution to ill-fitting, poor-quality shirts. Founders Pranav Vora and Philip Soriano were continually disappointed in the unflattering dress shirt selection off the rack, determined to change the fit for good. Hugh & Crye is an online retailer and opened a small office in Georgetown in 2010. The company is very interactive with fans, particularly on social media, and values feedback from customers. “He has made a conscious decision to reconsider the items he surrounds himself with. He’s the guy who has finally gotten rid of his last piece of Ikea furniture. He’s come to expect the level of detail that we put into every dress shirt and turns to us for that,” Soriana said of Hugh & Crye’s average customer. Hugh & Crye is known for exceptional quality – all shirts are two-ply, 100-percent Egyptian cotton. There are three different heights and four different styles offered. New styles are introduced four to six times a year, most recently a recent blazer collection. Next up is a collection of casual cotton ties with inspiration from the 1960s. Soriano says the fall/winter collection launches in October and is unique for the brand, “Think checks, pin-dots and darker colors all around, in slightly heavier fabric weights and weaves. They’re meant to be a little more casual, but very unique. This is an exciting collection since it will be a little more seasonal than we’ve created before.

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Queen Bee Designs

Former Washington politico, Allison Priebe Brooks decided to leave her Capitol Hill job to pursue her interest in fashion, particularly jewelry. Brooks develops her own pieces, making Queen Bee Designs exclusive. Queen Bee does not have a store location, rather regularly attends retail shopping events and home trunk shows. Designs can also be found at local shops around Washington – check the Queen Bee website for exact retailers. Collections are bold, fun and affordable.

Tashia Senn
475 K St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Designer Tashia Senn attended FIT in New York City and returned to her hometown of Washington, DC upon graduating. Senn’s ready-to-wear collection, mainly dresses, is romantic and travel-inspired. Keep your eyes peeled for Senn because her line is expanding, gaining more notoriety in the nation’s capital.

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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