Wolf vs Goat has been in the local menswear game since Mauro Farinelli launched the private label out of his Silver Spring apartment in 2009 (wolfvsgoat.com). His latest collection of made-in-America knits features whole-garment sweaters (left, $300) and beanies ($72, available at Redeem, 1810 14th St. NW) made from extra fine merino wool from Italy. Elaborate construction means pieces are seam-free and extra sleek.
It’s dark and cold outdoors, so why not turn to booze indoors? That’s the message of “Winter Cocktails” ($23, Quirk), a nicely photographed, cold-weather drink bible. Sure, author Maria del Mar Sacasa parses out many familiar highball recipes (Manhattans, Brandy Alexanders). But offbeat gulps — the bacon- and bourbon-powered Golden Hog, or the hazelnut liqueur-infused Nutella Melt (think blotto cocoa) — steal the attention. Recipes for cocktail party treats assure you don’t imbibe on an empty tummy.
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Ayanna Dennis — the owner of u Street’s new hair-product heaven, Primp Beauty Bar (1515 U St. NW, 202-387-1000) — got her degree in electrical engineering before following her heart to the Aveda Institute. Her mixture of problem-solving skills and beauty know-how means if you’ve got an issue with your mane, she knows how to fix it. The spacious shop features salon-quality brands (Paul Mitchell, Moroccan Oil, DevaCurl) and styling tools (Babyliss hair dryers and straighteners) for both fine and textured hair types. You’ll also find other beauty loot, such as nail polish and false eyelashes.
suitcase seller tumi rolled into downtown’s new CityCenter at the end of last month, becoming the first retailer (1051 H St. NW, 202-289-5208) at the swanky mixed-use development. In a high-ceilinged space (think lots of glass and chrome), expect travel-ready pieces like the light, bright Voyageur women’s collection (shown, $45-$445).
bow ties aren’t just for Southern senators or New Year’s Eve revelers. Beau Ties, a Vermont neckwear company, specializes in made-in-New England styles ($39-$85, beautiesltd.com) in prints from Ted Cruz conservative (stripes, dots) to downright dandified (Op-Art paisleys, red foxes). Also available: matching cummerbunds and pocket squares.