Vibrant Peruvian fabrics — the kind normally seen on colorfully robed shepherds in travel books — also headline on Inkkas shoes (inkkas.com), a line of fair-trade lace-ups, slip-ons and high-tops (shown, $75). The brand’s new spring collection ($46-$88) for men, women and kiddos harnesses rainbow combos — think pink and red diamonds with orange stripes and green or purple with magenta zigzags. The resulting kicks could scale Andean mountains or go to brunch in Arlington.
D.C. jewelry designer Sharlaine Anapu draws inspiration from both geometry and her New Zealand-Samoan roots. This results in gritty-yet-luxe baubles like a necklace strung with brass tubing (shown, $90), oversized steel hoop earrings, and a steel bar ring ($230) etched with arrow symbols recalling Pacific Island tattoos. Her latest pieces just arrived at Dupont Circle’s Proper Topper (1350 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-842-3055, propertopper.com).
Dipping Into Turkish Style
From Istanbul to Urfa, Turks relax in historic bathhouses and lounge on divans loaded with colorful poufs. Georgetown’s new Sabun Home (1631 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-506-6103, sabunhome.com) sells that country’s stylish goods for sudsing or cuddling up, including olive oil soaps (above left, $8 each) scented with lavender, thyme and other herbs, and bamboo-cotton towels (above right, $13-$47 each). The store, named after the Turkish word for soap, also stocks silk ikat pillows ($110) in hot hues.
Raising The Barn
Pottery Barn catalogs seem to breed in your mailbox. Now, you can shop its comfy-classic furniture, curtains and lamps in person as PB (and Pottery Barn Kids) comes back to the District at Mazza Gallerie (5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-244-0537, potterybarn.com). Expect practical-but-pretty furnishings and home accents like a super-sized desktop paperclip organizer (shown, $50).
Best of the Bunch
Ajay Kori got the idea to start a floral delivery service after spending an exorbitant amount of money sending blooms to his long-distance girlfriend. He and friend Jeff Sheely launched Urban Stems in February, offering affordable bouquets to District dwellers ($35 including delivery, urbanstems.com). Choose from a rotation of buds sourced sustainably from Colombia and Ecuador. Such primo growing conditions mean blossoms last longer.