Fashion Washington - Winter 2013

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2 Yvette Freeman

There aren’t many shops in the Atlas District yet. Why’d you decide to move there? I’ve been wanting the business to grow, and to have everything — furniture, my upholstery workshop — under one roof. And I found this amazing carriage house. It’s got all this red brick, like a real foundry! Will all that additional space enable you to carry anything new? It’ll let us have larger pieces — armoires, beds, even bedding. Any tips on incorporating antiques into modern spaces? What’s your home’s little black dress? Think about what you like most in your space, as if your home is your closet. Is it your sofa? Your rug? Then pick things that’ll go with it, whether that’s

“What’s your home’s little black dress? Think about what you like most in your space, as if your home is your closet.” an Empire chest, a gilded mirror or a rugged garden pot. Use antiques to tell your story.


3. Follow Her Stars


For the past two years, upholsterer/antiques hunter Yvette Freeman has been selling a stylish mix of rehabbed vintage chairs, mid-century suitcases (a few, shown) and vintage clothing at Foundry, her U Street boutique. December 15, she’ll move the business into a 3,500-square-foot carriage house in the up-and-coming Atlas District (819 11th St. NE; 571-277-5245). We chatted with her about what to expect in the warehouse-y new spot.

1. Workout Warmup

In the winter, you cuddle up in wool coats and sweaters. But ICEBREAKER, a New Zealandbased activewear company, thinks you should jog, hike and bike in the material, too. “It’s a fiber that works for sheep in hot and cold conditions, so it makes sense it’d work for people as well,” says Icebreaker global product merchandising director Lisa Ferreira. The company’s first local branch opened in November in Bethesda (4821 Bethesda Ave.; 301-913-0379), offering sleek-yetsporty merino wool pieces for men and women. Our favorites include zip-up shirts (shown, $110), base layers (think long underwear) and “chutes,” funnel-like neck protectors ($30).


2. Brimming with Style

In 1890s Pittsburgh, Cassel Goorin sold handmade hats from his horse cart. Now, his chapeau-creating descendants are hawking cloches (shown, top, $50), knit caps ($48) and slick fedoras (shown, bottom, $54) at the new GOORIN BROS. HAT SHOP (1214 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-338-4287). A tin ceiling and factory-style shelving set off men’s and women’s styles, some made in the U.S., in an old-school storefront. Also millinery-ing around: vintagelooking hatboxes ($8-$12), flower-shaped brim pins ($30) and a few kids’ styles.

Fairfax County jewelry designer SOPHIE BLAKE has a crush on the shapes and sparkle of the ’20s: gilded trapezoids, topaz clusters, rhinestone tassels. For her winter line, though, she took flapper-ish ideas down a dark path. “The new pieces are a little edgier, a little spiky,” Blake says. “It reflects the state I was in.” Made using salvaged 1940s Czech glass etched with starbursts, pieces like the gunmetal “Sima” studs ($120) and “Rita” pendant (shown, $260) have a celestial vibe, mirroring Blake’s emotional navigation. Buy them at Tabandeh (Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202244-0777) or

4. How Fitting

Online menswear shop, KNOT STANDARD, has made a name for itself thanks to its precise 3-D measurement technology that allows guys to be fitted for custom suits from home ( Still, when it comes to bespoke clothing, nothing is more accurate than an in-person measuring. Luckily for chaps, tailoring services are now available at Knot Standard’s new, appointment-only showroom in Logan Circle (1407 S St. NW; 855-784-8968). Shoppers can choose from more than 1,000 luxurious fabrics, including Italian wool and breathable linen. The resulting suits run from $500 to $5,000.

5. Deck the Tables

Rich photography, interesting recipes and clever DIYs (hand-painted linens, paper-bag candle holders) land “PICTURE PERFECT PARTIES” ($40, Rizzoli) on the top of the host-wanted list. In addition to year-round inspiration for just-because get togethers, the tome — compiled by entertaining expert Annette Joseph — shares Christmas-specific party planning tips (sparkle is always good) and recipes for clever finger foods (a deconstructed Caprese salad skewered on a pesto-filled plastic pipette). Joseph also has a knack for lowmaintenance fetes, so you can spend more time under the mistletoe.


Why do people crave vintage furniture? I think it’s both about wanting something with a backstory and about getting things that are high quality. The new store will also have a lot of vintage clothing. What should we expect? I like things that are more masculine than feminine. We’ll have pieces that date up until the 1960s. You might see wornin jeans, beat-up leather jackets or some sparkly Hattie Carnegie jewelry. And I also love 1960s pieces — they’re so playful.


What sort of upholstery have you been producing lately? I’ve been doing chairs in vintage menswear fabrics, like tweeds. And this past summer, I did a bunch of little chairs in Lilly Pulitzer prints.



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