The DMV was treated to several new retailers in recent months from fashion to home design.
By Laura Wainman
In a down economy, it is always welcome news to hear that retailers are hopeful enough to open a new store and October/November were big months for openings in the DMV. From Jonathan Adler to SPANX, Washington shoppers have a bevy of new locales to check out – and just in time for the holidays.
3239 M St. NW
Just last week, GANT continued its expansion outside New York with its first District location, on the ever-popular M St in Georgetown. Occupying what used to be a live jazz bar, Saloun, the brand opened its 8th retail location in keeping with the “authentic American east coast heritage,” according to CEO David Arbuthnot.
1268 Wisconsin Ave. NW
In what was possibly the most anticipated retail opening of the season, Jonathan Adler opened the doors of its 23rd “happy chic” location last Monday. You can read our full interview with the designer on why he chose Georgetown, his sources of inspiration and more here.
2910 District Ave, Fairfax VA
Mosaic, an innovative retail and entertainment experience, began its rolling-opening in September and really kicked things off in the Fashion & Retail District, one of four districts, with its first annual Mosaic Fashion Night. The evening featured 12 retailers and restaurants, including Lou Lou, South Moon Under and Ginger, and previewed two fashion films at the Angelika Film Center & Cafe.
8518 Fenton St. Silver Spring, MD
This Swedish retailer has been dedicated to offering consumers fashion forward apparel and quality basics since 1947, and with more than 2600 locations worldwide, it has become one of the most well-known retailers. On November 8, H&M opened its 258th U.S. location in downtown Silver Spring, offering collections for the whole family from mom and dad, to tots and even moms-to-be.
1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean VA
After reshaping how people get dressed, SPANX decided it was ready to reshape retail, by opening stand alone stores in an effort to interact more with customers. The Tysons Corner location became the first retail location followed soon after by a shop in King of Prussia, PA. “The SPANX store will be a place where everybody knows your name, and your bra size,” says SPANX founder Sara Blakely.
Michael Andrews Bespoke
1604 17th Street NW, 2nd floor
The men of Washington were given a gift when New York custom tailor firm, Michael Andrews Bespoke, opened its first store in the District. The studio supported other local businesses by offering Catoctin Creek cocktails and sushi from Kaz Sushi at the October launch party. See our photo coverage of the opening party here.
1961 Chain Bridge Road
Tory Burch’s ex-husband, Christopher Burch, opened the 9th location of his new brand, which launched in October 2011, in Tysons Corner offering on-trend home decor, accessories, jewelry and clothing at affordable prices – the average prices are under $50.