Where the Wild Things Shop
Redeem, 14th street’s edgy-cool fashion den, just moved into new digs up the block (1810 14th St. NW; 202-332-7447). Exposed air ducts and stark white walls set off streetwear-inspired designs from underground brands, plus such fresh lines as animalistic jewelry from L.A.’s Bones and Feathers Collective (shown, $135).
Shaw’s Foundry (1522 U St. NW; 202-599-0636) trades in mid-century dressers, Victorian armchairs reupholstered in pinstripes and other retro home goods. Now the shop also stocks vintage clothing, from men’s ties (shown, $24) and work shirts to “Mad Men”-era sheath dresses (about $60 each). The industrial plumbing pipe-and-wood garment racks ($200-$300) the items are displayed on are for sale, too.
You’d think shrinking baked goods might mean you’d eat fewer of them. But Petite Cookies from D.C.’s Alchemy by Carla Hall — under-an-inch treats in such flavors as Mexican Chocolate and Cheddar Pecan — inspired tasters to gobble them by the handful. Many varieties are at Whole Foods ($9 each); find the full line, including Goat Cheese Cranberry (yum!), at alchemybycarlahall.com.
London design house Bl^nk leans lush, dark and romantic: Think “Titanic”-era Kate Winslet, not wholesome Kate Middleton. The women’s label — rarely seen stateside — just wiggled into Proper Topper (1350 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-842-3055) with arty, art nouveau-ish pieces including a tunic dress (shown, $310); slouchy, velvet-trimmed tux pants ($130); and a teal maxi gown ($375) equally fit for a dinner party or dancing on a chic, unsinkable ship.
A Wave of Scent
Roots rose radish’s solid perfume — made in small batches by Rhode Island herbalists — comes in a glistening clamshell case ($65; rootsroseradish.com). An organic blend of ingredients such as ylang ylang and grapefruit oil smells subtly citrusy and — no surprise — a bit like a late-summer jaunt to the beach. The long-lasting, cold-pressed formula stays on the skin all day — and perhaps past a seaside sunset.