New Shops on the Block for Cady's Alley

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The roster of retailers at posh Cady's Alley in Georgetown is about to change again.

This summer, luxury French linen purveyor Yves Delorme is setting up in the alley across from Leopold's Kafe & Konditorei. Known for sumptuous bed, bath and table linens in distinctive florals as well as bold colors, the company already has several retail shops in the Washington area. (It sells designer Pierre Frey's collections.)

In August, Janus et Cie, a 30-year-old Los Angeles firm, plans to open in the former Random Harvest Studio space on M Street NW. Janus et Cie is known for high-end outdoor furniture, including garden umbrellas and benches. The showrooms are also filled with casual tables and chairs, fabrics, rugs and lighting. "We felt Cady's Alley was the place to be from a retail and design perspective in Washington," said Janus et Cie spokeswoman Wendy Rhiger.

Turbulent economic conditions have contributed to the recent turnover of several shops in the block of upscale design boutiques, said Anthony Lanier, the developer of Cady's Alley. But Lanier said he is in talks with Shabby Chic, Rachel Ashwell's iconic California chain of faded slipcovers and cottage style, to open directly across the street.

Not too shabby.

Jura Koncius

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