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Britches is Back

June 14, 2018

Britches, one of Washington’s Iconic, well-loved brands returns as Rick Hindin partners with former Britches employee Mark Rykken to launch Britches Bespoke.

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Co-founder of Britches of Georgetowne, Hindin along with legendary custom suit designer, Mark Rykken, are setting the stage for the finest custom-tailoring combining the highest quality fabrics from around the world, artisan tailoring, master fitting, legendary service and value for a personalized, custom wardrobe that is being described as “clothing for life.” 


Rykken’s fashion pedigree began at the age of 18, when he joined Britches of Georgetowne and began a career with the company that lasted 18 years.  He later went to work in New York. “Mark’s talent and love of fashion and design lead to a position on the design team that created Britches updated classic clothing collections,” explained Hindin.


When Britches was sold in 1989 to CML, a New York Stock Exchange Company, Rykken left Britches and partnered with legendary fashion designer Alan Flusser to open Flusser’s first boutique in Washington D.C. and later in NYC.


In 2008, Rykken joined prominent menswear retailer, Paul Stuart to be director of custom clothing.  Rykken grew Paul Stuart’s custom business from under $1 million to over $3 million in four years. 


“After months of planning, creating, designing and research, I’m excited to partner with my former boss and mentor to launch Britches Bespoke,” said Rykken.  “Rick is a legendary figure in the men’s apparel industry having created and co-founded the iconic brands Britches of Georgetowne, Britches Western, Britches Great Outdoors and now Britches Bespoke.” 

(Photo by: britchesbespoke.com)


In addition to the custom suits offered by traditional custom tailors, this team has created 10 custom collections including suits, sport coats, slacks, jeans, shirts, sportswear, neckwear, belts, shoes and outerwear. Britches Bespoke will also be featuring a collection of casual, yet sophisticated, unconstructed sport jackets.”  

Britches Bespoke’s Inaugural Trunk Shows will be held in New York City at the Royalton Hotel at 44 West 44th Street, June 27 through June 29, and in Washington, D.C. at the Sofitel Hotel at 806 15th Street NW on July 11 through July 13. Both shows will begin at 9:00 am. and end at 6:00 pm for the first two days and, on the last day begin at 8:00 am and end at 12:00 pm.


To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Mark Rykken directly at 201.707.3000 or email rykken.mark@gmail.com.

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Dr. Tina Alster Launches The A Method

May 1, 2018

Georgetown’s own, Dr. Tina Alster has launched The A Method, a new skincare line to make it easy for dermatologists, plastic surgeons and others to optimize clinical results with their pre- and post-procedures. 


Widely regarded as the “Queen of Laser” for her many innovations and developments in cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Alster, recipient of the prestigious Dermatologic Legacy Award, is also clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center. This passionate advocate for health care has lent her expertise and generosity to the dermatologic needs of the community for over 25 years, notably through the Lombardi Cancer Center, the Sturge-Weber Foundation, and free skin cancer screenings.


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An internationally-recognized expert in the field of laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Alster built her practice over the decades on a simple formula: combining the most advanced technology and extensive expertise with an unfailing commitment to deliver the highest level of patient care. Providing a wide range of dermatologic and cosmetic services, every aspect of her practice was developed to ensure that patients have the best possible experience. Her discerning patients expect nothing less. Pre- and post-treatment skincare has been a key component. She is now ready to share her formula with dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other providers to make it easy for them to optimize their clinical results.  


“Aesthetic treatment outcomes are enhanced through application of targeted skincare before and after in-office treatments,” said Dr. Alster, the founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and Clinical Professor at Georgetown University. She further adds, “Since I can’t be everyone’s cosmetic dermatologist, I’m prepared to share my “practice playbook” in order for more individuals to enjoy clinical success.” 


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The A Method™ was created based on Dr. Alster’s extensive research and clinical experience in aesthetic dermatology. The products included in the line contain scientifically-proven ingredients at optimal concentrations to deliver visible skin improvement. Each product is formulated with ingredients that have an excellent safety profile and are stabilized without sacrificing efficacy. The products are free of gluten, fragrance, colorants and parabens.


The A Method’s Post-Care System is the perfect accompaniment for non-invasive office procedures such as microneedling, nonablative laser skin treatments, and chemical peels. The at-home regimen boosts clinical results and its simplicity enhances patient compliance which is critical to any skincare plan. 


The A Method™ Post-Care System includes:

Cleanse Gentle Daily Wash

Soothe HC Healing Moisturizer 

Protect SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen


The A Method™ products were introduced at the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and are available online

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Herring Hill: Georgetown Walking Tour April 28th

April 10, 2018

Starting in Herring Hill with Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, learn about the eighteenth-century community to both enslaved and freed blacks. Continue exploring Georgetown and see the churches and schools established by African-American Georgetowners during the nineteenth century.


What you need to know:


• Meet Dumbarton House’s Garden Gates at the corner of Q and 27th Streets in Georgetown at 12:00 pm sharp


• The two-hour tour meets rain or shine


  Purchase tickets in advance. Day of only cash or check accepted.


• Children 3 and younger are free, but must be in a stroller


• No pets allowed


• Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing


• Tour begins and ends at Dumbarton House


• Bring a bottle of water


• Note: This walking tour does not include access inside the private homes.


To learn even more about the history of the African American community in Georgetown, read Black Georgetown Remembered: A History of Its Black Community from the Founding of “The Town of George” in 1751 to the Present Day, by Kathleen Lesko.

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