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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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.
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.
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.