The bright patterns and intricate beads of Africa star on many items at Nubian Hueman (1231 Good Hope Road SE; nubianhueman.com), the Anacostia women’s boutique Anika Hobbs founded last fall. She stocks fair-trade art, fashion and beauty items with a global bent. Think printed dresses designed by Kenya’s Njema Helena ($48-135) and woven rings by Indego Africa ($60). and bracelets by Mikuti made from banana bark ($26). Much of the merchandise benefits non-profits while bolstering African artisans.
Clothing designers Paul Heyne and Karen Bogut create and dye fabric and sew their women’s line in Philadelphia, not New York or Paris. Which explains their unusual, pretty-meets-gritty vibe: dreamy knits in abstract patterns, curve-hugging dresses (shown, $350) in inspired florals. The line is just in stock at Betsy Fisher (1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-785-1975), which will host a trunk show of the spring line March 28-29.
Pick This Peck
Yes, another local pickle company. But here’s why Baba’s is different: It’s run by a mom-and-son team (adorable) using a family recipe that dates back to 1950. Made locally in Union Kitchen, Baba’s bread and butter pickles are available in regular, spicy and agave flavors ($7.50, Each Peach Market, 3068 Mount Pleasant St. NW; 202-525-1725).
Netting butterflies and feeding them to your pet lizard: unkind. Buying Thomas Paul’s new melamine Metamorphosis plates: a pretty way to celebrate spring. Sold in sets of four ($36-$44, shopthomaspaul.com), the tableware seems ideal for dinners on the deck, which we promise are imminent. Matching coasters and serving platters are also available.
Sole of the ’70s
Think of clogs as the city girl’s answer to “American Hustle”-ish platforms: groovy and glam, but a bit sensible. GoodWood (1428 U St. NW; 202-986-3640) gets in on the retro vibe with Cape clogs (shown, $99). The U.S.-made stompers come in a range of hues and heel heights.