Friday is a big day for many reasons. First, it’s the end of a bitterly cold month (see ya, groundhog!). Second, it marks the debut of Sarah Jessica Parker’s new footwear line ($195-$500). Available only via Nordstrom (find it locally at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and Tysons Corner Center), the SJP Collection includes Italian-made heels in hot hues like the mint Bobbie (top, $365) and pink Etta (bottom, $425).
Ninety-year-old textile brand Waverly was keen on tropical prints in the 1920s and mad for British chintz around 1980. Now, the venerable company injects its spring line of wallpaper ($50 a roll, yorkwall.com) with new-millennium zing. Think “are-we-in-Morocco?” pink diamonds (shown), bright stripes and edgy takes on traditional toiles.
Eaten to a Pulp
Simple & Crisp’s dried fruit rounds win our award for “Most Versatile Snack” ($5-$9, simpleandcrisp.com and deananddeluca.com). The naturally gluten-free and antioxidant-packed slices of crunchy citrus are tasty in a bowl of vanilla ice cream, served alongside stinky cheese or drizzled with honey and eaten straight. Eat fast: They’re only available through spring.
Many Washington men share the same dress-code dream: To be able to go to work in flip-flops and shorts. The reality: Often, dudes still have to wear coats and ties and toil in cubicles. Good thing Indochino, a custom-suit company, is hosting a pop-up shop March 6-16 at LivingSocial (918 F St. NW). Guys make an appointment, then show up to be measured for new-for-spring styles (suits start at $449, shirts at $79) then, about four weeks later, they’ll be ready for big meetings and hot dates.
Africa, known for its bright fabrics and ruggedly beautiful jewelry, comes into sharp, fashionable focus with Anthropologie’s new Legend and Song collaboration (anthropologie.com and some stores). Clothing and accessories made by artisans in Rwanda and Tanzania include a blue and red wax cloth maxi skirt ($178), a gypsy-chic bone necklace (shown, $198) and cool raffia clutch bags.