“Made in USA” is the mantra of this popular Los Angeles-based clothing chain specializing in casual and fashionable basics. The petite Georgetown outpost of this national retailer pops with color, from the leggy mannequins in a multitude of tights hanging against a back wall to the sweaters, t-shirts and dailywear items that crowd the main walkway. You can find a range of jeans for him and her, colorful accessories and workout outfits, and a wide selection of soft, unadorned clothing for local college kids, nearby teenagers and anyone looking to dress a little hipper. You can also find sleepwear, lingerie, accessories like belts and hats, a wide selection of leggings, and, as befits a store located near a college campus, a full supply of backpacks.
On the showroom floor at Bensons Jewelers, display cases sparkle with diamonds, necklaces, watches, and charms from jewelry makers such as Reed & Barton, Elle, and Breuning. Rings missing gemstones or cursed tiaras in need of de-hexing can turn to the full service repair shop, where a jeweler with 20 years of experience fixes and restores baubles, backing all work with a six-month guarantee.
Andrew’s Ties USA’s seasoned haberdashers ensconce torsos in Italian-made ties, shirts, and fine accessories. The Collection tie’s ($69) heavy silk cuts a resplendent blaze across dark-hued formalwear, and the Pari Pari's ($49) woven diagonal stripes bespeak classic elegance while offering advance camouflage on battlefields filled with barber poles. Pants stay obediently hip-bound courtesy of striped or polka-dot suspenders ($59), the flashier twin cousins of more business-minded leather belts ($69). A black check dress shirt ($99) lends gravitas no matter the occasion, and a crisp silk bow tie ($55) adds aplomb to tuxedos and football uniforms alike.
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Looking for a bargain on designer goods, from clothing to shoes to purses? Wander around Georgetown’s Second Time Around, whose “retail goes upscale” catchphrase suits the space perfectly. Unlike other vintage stores, this one is roomy, laid out in an organized fashion and well-maintained. Dressing areas are roomy and the place lacks that dusty mothball funk that can sometimes overwhelm lesser shops. You might even convince yourself that Second Time Around is just another retail boutique – until you look at the crazy-low prices on those Ferragamo shoes or that Armani jacket. Along with the most upscale designer brands, you can also find bargains on more moderately-priced labels like J. Crew. Once you’ve selected your garment, accessorize with some of the gently-worn costume jewelry. You’ll look like a million bucks, but have paid considerably less.
Make no mistake: the Tiny Jewel Box shop is exactly as advertised. This deceptively-spacious jewelry retailer, watch repairer and general home decorator builds out into a much larger facility than first realized. Although each floor has a small footprint, like a jewelry box with fold-out compartments, the multi-story shop stores more than you might think. On the first floor, one can easily be bedazzled by the diamonds and high-end jewelry adorning the showcases. Then, take the elevator up to the other floors to find goodies like glassware, frames, paperweights and home accessories, many sporting price tags under $50. Also for sale here: luggage, cufflinks, pens and, of course, jewel boxes. The Tiny Jewel Box is DC’s only authorized Rolex repair shop, and the store also has an in-house custom jewelry designer.