“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.
I. Gorman Jewelers is an all-around jewelry store, but there’s little doubt that the ring is the main thing here. Display counters are filled with wedding bands and engagement rings, waiting to be snatched up for that perfect moment. But you don’t have to be getting hitched to enjoy shopping at this high-end jeweler; I. Gorman stocks cutting-edge designer pieces that go far beyond the typical band, including other classic and contemporary ring looks and various bangles and baubles. Men can find a wide selection of sharp and stylish cufflinks, bracelets and rings themselves. The store is recognized for its outstanding service, which include repairing any item purchased at the store for free, and they only use ethically-sourced diamonds and gemstones.
Shoes by Lara festoons feminine feet in designer footgear appropriate for both everyday wear and elegant occasions. Slip toes into stylish stilettos from designers such as Nine West ($29–$69), Anne Klein ($29–$69), or Franco Sarto ($29–$59). By cushioning arches in soothing soles by Naturalizer and Easy Spirit ($39–$59) specially designed for comfort, feet can stay fashionable even on long walks to the office or Olympic long jumps to the grocery store. Toes with an eye for the upscale can opt to put this Groupon toward more indulgent heel shields with runway fashions from Jimmy Choo ($298+) or Balenciaga ($298+), and a wide range of equally opulent ankle adorners are on sale daily for smart shoppers who prefer to pair their penny loafers with a bit of penny pinching.
What makes it great: Master Tailor Ihsan Dura, who boasts more than 40 years of experience; made-to-measure suits and tuxedos; custom gowns; every kind of alteration; a staff that uses classic techniques, but also understands modern styles and trends
Since 1995, Focus has been an authorized purveyor of plush designer sunglasses, shoes, and accessories. Eyes can shoot shadowy gazes behind couture sunglasses from designers such as D&G ($89+) and Safilo ($59+). Suave pinstripes filter across Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses ($99+) like the grooves in a record or the bamboo bars of a panda prison. Michael Kors shoes ($69+) ring in the summer with flirty heels and strappy sandals, and Coach footwear ($77+) tap-dances with glee when meeting its long-awaited owner. Focus also vends high-fashion accessories such as watches, handbags, and bottles of John D. Rockefeller's tears.
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.