Shape Snifters
Stemless wine glasses, while dishwasher-friendly and easy to grasp, do little to up your grape-swilling style. CB2’s new silhouette vino glasses ($20 for four, CB2, 3307 M St. NW; 202-333-6204) blend wry decals with sensible non-stem ware. The Burton-toasts-Taylor designs bring to mind swinging 1960s parties, and who wouldn’t want to drink to that?

Male Call
Mutiny, a local online retailer with an emphasis on American men’s classics, has mini outposts across D.C. at Redeem (1734 14th St. NW; 202-332-7447) and Wise Owl Club barbershop (2010 18th St. NW; 202-705-9425), where you can buy such peculiars as copper flasks and beard wax. And its summer collection of hip dudes’ clothing is now available online. Picks include H.W. Carter and Sons’ plaid button-down ($109) and such denim staples as Left Field jeans ($140). Check out the styles in Mutiny’s new online look book (, shot against a backdrop of such local haunts as American Ice Co. and SOM Records.

Old Town’s New Deals
With its affordable-yet-fashionable clothes and accessories, H&M has become a frugalista standby. Last week, Old Town Alexandria got a new 22,000-foot branch (614 King St.) of the Swedish chain. Expect clothes for women, men and children, as well as maternity and activewear. From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, there will be free face-painting for kids and discounts on back-to-school styles.

Mother Knows Zest


Ghost peppers, a hybrid chili grown in India, are 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. So use Mama O’s new Super Spicy Pepper Paste ($13, Dean & DeLuca, 3276 M St. NW; 202-342-2500) with a delicate hand, as it’s powered by the high-watt veggies. The company also makes kimchis and other pastes (Dean & DeLuca and created by Brooklynite Kheedim Oh, who, yes, uses his mom’s recipes.

Bench Impress
Forgotten wing chairs, shabby ottomans and other vintage furnishings never fade away in local upholsterer Nicole Crowder’s world. Her just-launched custom furnishings company, Third + Grace (, sells repainted, rehabbed benches decked in ikat (similar to above, $185) and French chairs rethought in leopard print ($385). She’ll also do custom jobs, such as redoing Granny’s dining seats in lime-green cotton.