A Good Head on Your Shoulders
Eastern Confederate (3112 Mount Pleasant St. NW, 202-621-7363) doles out affordable, edgy hair cuts with PBRs on the side. Now, owner Ryan Hunter Mitchell debuts Tincture, a line of sulfate-free styling products for men and women to help them achieve that flawlessly mussed, just-stumbled-out-of-my-art-studio look. Faves (shown) include oil-busting hair powder made with French chalk, jasmine and oats ($10), mustache wax ($8) and cowboy cologne, which blends whiskey and fir oil ($12).
Costume jewelry isn’t all rhinestones and gold chains. (We’re stink-eyeing you, J. Crew). Kathryn Bentley’s new Dream Collective line meshes brass and enamel for subtler, more organic pieces like tribal-influenced bracelets (shown, $160 each). The collection, just in at Web boutique Beklina (beklina.com), also includes whimsical evil-eye studs ($110) and chunky gold-tone cuffs ($140) fit for a latter-day Greek goddess.
The disco-clad characters of “American Hustle” embody a certain kind of cool. But Brooklyn home-decor company Spitfire Girl depicts 19th-century hipsters on its textiles (a tea towel printed with a donkey-headed, sailor-suited boy, $16) and wood accessories (coasters with duelers, shown, 4 for $30). The line just blew into Tabletop (1608 20th St. NW, 202-387-7117).
A Sticky Situation
Rumor has it that if you hold a box of Salty Road’s taffy up to your ear, you can hear the ocean ($7, Salt & Sundry, Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE, 202-556-1866). OK, that’s not true, but Marisa Wu’s chewy confections are so authentic one bite will transport you to the beach. Flavors like caramel-apple and peppermint are made using long-grain sea salt to add oomph to the candy’s sweetness.
Bright at Home
If Crate & Barrel is the responsible, blazer-and-brogues wearing adult of the home-furnishings world, then its sib, CB2, is the 20-something hipster band member in neon kicks (probably Japanese). CB2’s new spring collection buzzes with hot hues, too, as in the Stella Cabinet (shown, $399, cb2.com or 3307 M St. NW, 202-333-6204), which merges pale wood and chevron stripes. Other colorful debuts: a pink metal file system ($160) and the jack table ($149) starring a wooden top and a yellow iron base resembling a car jack.