Marlene Hu Aldaba, who also owns designer footwear spot Hu's Shoes across the street, has created here a gorgeously spare spot filled with the designer pieces to match: Proenza Schouler striped peplum jackets, hot pink Alexander McQueen minis—it's the perfect mix of youthful and classic.
Recycling-minded seamstresses Kristen Swensen and Erin Derge transform secondhand ties and fabrics into profoundly cute ascot-esque accents and bloomer shorts. They'll also redesign your most unflattering garments (yes, heinous bridesmaid dresses, this means you).
At this boutique/gallery, cartoony prints from beloved D.C. artist Dave Peterson line the walls, the Crayola-hued jersey dresses and military-inspired coats hail from eco-friendly lines, and owner Sarah Watkins hosts regular fundraisers for local nonprofits.
At this new addition to the vintage promenade that is U Street, Yvette Freeman sells lovingly refurbished, reasonably priced 20th-century estate-sale furniture and industrial signage. Recently spotted: a pair of cowhide-covered director’s chairs for $525.