Between inhaling margaritas in honor of the Mexican battle, or rushing to Blair Waldorf’s favorite fro-yo spot Pinkberry, many Washingtonians may have missed rag & bone’s opening in Georgetown on May 5.
rag & bone’s arrival is big news for two reasons: (1) it’s the CFDA-winning designers first U.S. shop outside of New York City and (2) it’s the highest-profile fashion designer to open up shop in D.C. proper. While Barney’s Co-Op across the street and the high-end stores in Chevy Chase and Tyson’s Galleria carry designer fashions, stand-alone stores of individual design houses are few-and-far between in the District.
Launched in 2004 as a menswear collection by Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, rag & bone rapidly expanded to include women’s collections by Fall 2005 and was named the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year in 2010.
rag & bone epitomizes modern sportswear with classic British tailoring and a Brooklyn edge. Each collection has an array of high-quality wardrobe staples that would be smart choices to incorporate into your clothing collection.
While the pricing—$500 for a blazer, $90 for a tank top, $900 for a pair of shoes—is far above what most Washingtonians would consider paying for clothing, I can see many people investing in blazers, denim and suiting that they will wear for years. I also think the menswear will sell far better than women’s collections.
When I popped into rag & bone, I loved the design and feel of the store and the friendly and accommodating sales people. And, while I’m not crazy about paying $400 for a paper bag dress or $90 for a cami, I was immediately lusting over the red denim (a key trend this season), the plethora of striped tops and the blazers. Here are the looks from rag & bone Spring 2011 I’m currently coveting.
The Bromley Blazer ($395) is great for work and play, if only it would magically appear in my closet.
This hot little dress is great for cocktail parties with a cardigan and black tights come winter and is available in cream or black lace. Hadleigh Dress ($495).
rag & bone
3067 M St. N.W.