The garment-charmers at Lipstick Lounge coax their stylish selection of new and gently loved attire and jewelry from local artists, name-brand designer depots, and their clientele's own closets to create a unique fashion potpourri. Designer brands pop up like couture whack-a-moles, and the latest ethereal crop ranges from C&C summer tops ($18) to chic Prada sunglasses ($140) for customers with dangerously bright futures. Match a Lily Pulitzer skirt ($30) with a summery top from Nanette Lepore ($28), and accessorize the snazzy look with a Coach purse ($60) or costume jewelry (under $25). The Lipstick Lounge accepts clothing by appointment only, and requires items to be clean, hole-free, and house-trained before finding them a new owner.
The readers of Washingtonian magazine voted the family-owned Princess Jewelers "Best Jewelry Store" in 2008, winning the company well-deserved notice for the careful, custom craftsmanship of its talented, certified jewelers. Two elegant showrooms display engagement and wedding rings set with diamonds or semiprecious stones, as well as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and cufflinks that make a glittery gift for significant others or surprised trick-or-treaters. The company imports a large inventory of loose gemstones and diamonds, which may be fashioned into original designs or replicas of pieces in photographs, and jewelers can also restore damaged pieces to their previous beauty and wearability. On-site graduates of the Gemological Institute of America are capable of identifying legitimate gemstones by scent alone, using their bling-based expertise to appraise customers' new and antique jewelry and assist them through each step in the selection of a quality showpiece.
A regular fixture on the top-50 running-stores list published annually by Running Insight, Potomac River Running is a family-owned business of running enthusiasts and professional coaches who aim to spread a joy of running and walking around the Washington, DC, area. Focused on providing a fun and welcoming environment for people of all fitness levels, Potomac offers brand-name footwear and apparel for feet and the bodies attached to them. The custom shoe-fitting process begins with an iStep foot scan and a video gait analysis to analyze your step and the shoe that would best complement it. Once toe-holders have been measured and monitored, slide them into a pair of running or walking shoes ($80–$180), and then top off your lower half with running shorts ($25–$40) or cloak your supra-belt region in a shirt ($20–$120).
At My Best Friend's Closet, the racks contain a cache of new and gently used threads that range from dresses to tops, sweaters, jeans, jewelry and accessories. In addition to the store's primary stock of new clothes, they also offer a rotating selection of gently used clothing. Voted "Best Shop for Teens" by Bethesda Magazine in 2013, tweens, teens, and the twenty-something crowd can bring in gently used fashions and exchange them for cash, store credit, or other merchandise from a variety of top brands.
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The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.