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Amina Rubinacci Celebrates Italian Style

September 24, 2014

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"What I love about the line," says owner Merribel Ayres, "is that Amina Rubinacci's clothes make me feel so good." In March of this year, the Naples-based designer debuted her luxury Italian fashion in Georgetown with her signature boutique.

Known as "The Queen of Wool" since 1967 when she  first opened her atelier in Naples, the Amina Rubinacci label has been found only in high end boutiques in Italy and here in the U.S. in New York, Palm Beach and Carmel. With wool in the genes, Rubinacci's father was tailor to many of the 20th century's European monarchs. And the designer continues to this day, involved with every season's designs and fabrics.

Claudine Sorel and Merribel Ayres (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Claudine Sorel and Merribel Ayres

Ayres explains why Rubinacci chose DC for her newest location, "Women need more choices than they traditionally have had. This is a great city of fabulous women." And one of those fabulous women, handbag designer Claudine Sorel, has recently partnered with Rubinacci to offer her exclusive line of POSTES handbags, patterned after the French postman's mailbag but in vibrant colors and exotic skins, made only from the finest Italian leathers. "POSTES is the perfect fashion accessory ... We're a good fit for the brand," says Sorel, "Rubinacci is elegant and sophisiticated, with structured, supple lines ... like our bags."

POSTES bags (Photo by: Judith Beermann) POSTES bags

To celebrate the new season, Amina Rubinacci invited VIP clients and friends for a "Fashion Night Out" Tuesday evening of cocktails and a sneak peek at the new fall collection. The evening's festivities included professional make-up application session upstairs and scarf tying demonstrations by author (50 Ways to Wear a Scarf) and stylist, Lauren Friedman.

Amina Rubinacci is located at 2822 Pennsylvania Avenue in Georgetown. Tel: 202.965.2822

Claudine Sorel in the Amina Rubinacci Georgetown window (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Claudine Sorel in the Amina Rubinacci Georgetown window

Lauren Friedman with her scarf book (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Lauren Friedman with her scarf book

Claudine with her 'Mirage' wedding purse (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Claudine with her 'Mirage' wedding purse

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Join the Crowd at Georgetown Piano Bar

September 9, 2014

"Washingtonians like to get involved,"says Bill Thoet, one of the partners of the city's latest music venue, Georgetown Piano Bar opening this Friday, September 12th. Promising world-class live entertainment showcasing two of the area’s most recognized pianists, Hunter Lang and Spencer Bates, the establishment will be open seven days a week starting at 5:00 pm.

Having procured one of Georgetown's six coveted tavern licenses earlier this year, and spurred by the closing of Mr. Smith's, and Modern lounge space being available, the group decided to "build a piano bar."

Those with a favorite tune are welcome to request it here andlyric books will be made available to encourage sing-along. Guests itching to get up and perform solo will have the opportunity to do so as well. Thoet, an Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, is an avid piano bar goer himself. He enjoys singing Frank Sinatra hits and famous show tunes.

Guests can look forward to live piano music beginning at 9:00 pm until closing time seven nights a week. There's no cover charge to enter and enjoy the entertainment, centered around the red piano with three keyboards! Guests can relax, gather, mingle and sing. “Georgetown Piano Bar is not going to be one of those places where a piano player is the background music for people having high-end cocktails,” Thoet assures.

The bar's design plan allows for one or two piano players to perform together. It also incorporates seating for guests to sit directly across from the piano player or to listen while lounging on custom upholstered built-in benches just across the bar.

Georgetown Piano Bar’s weekend performer, Hunter Lang, is a singer/songwriter and pianist who oiginally playing by ear, and later studied classically with Lithuanian Virtuoso Broniaslavia Kimel and the brilliant Memphis musician Joan Gilbert. Hunter plans to release his first album in December 2014.

Guests at Georgetown Piano Bar can look forward to Hunter’s interactive show, which delivers an emotional and physical performance. Classically trained, he has an extraordinary skill playing the piano, producing a sound that is all his own.  The World Music Society has stated “that if you combined Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Joel, and Mozart, you would have Hunter Lang.” His unique voice, timbre, and vibrato leaves the crowd wanting more as Hunter is a showman who uses humor and charm to woo his audience.

Georgetown Piano Bar’s weeknight performer, Spencer Bates, is a DC-based singer/songwriter, and piano entertainer. He will be performing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings as well as the first, second and fifth Wednesday of every month. For over a decade, he has played nightly at solo and dueling piano bars, universities, and other venues across the country, including an eleven year, three night a week gig in Georgetown, DC. Completely self-taught, Spencer has written, recorded, and released three solo albums.

Georgetown Piano Bar is located at 3287 M Street. Tel: 202.337.187

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Consider It Done Turns 20

August 24, 2014

Tim setting a grand table (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Tim setting a grand table

When The Georgetown Dish stopped in to congratulate Timothy Albrecht on 20 successful years at Consider It Done, it was a treat to find Bernardaud's regional sales manager, Yann Rowland there too.

For those not familiar with this treasure trove of museum quality tableware -- everything from exquisite antique and new porcelain and crystal to luxury lighting, Consider It Done is unique.

Yann and Tim with Bernardaud chargers (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Yann and Tim with Bernardaud chargers

An authorized retailer of Baccarat, Crystal Saint-Louis, Bernardaud, Herend, Seguso, Versace and Moser, the shop is eye candy for the tabletop lover, but so much more. Thanks to the vision of its owner, who “concentrates on items that are art – that come from the soul and can be appreciated whether it’s your style or not,” there’s a mix of Old World and modern at every turn. With decades of experience in showroom displays and interior design, Albrecht also helps clients find special pieces to update their own collections. “I believe in enjoying and using,” he says.

Rare Antique Meissen figurine (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Rare Antique Meissen figurine

Since his start in the 1970s with a formal initiation into the culinary arts via an American Culinary Institute apprenticeship at famed Jean-Louis Restaurant in the Watergate, Albrecht hasn’t left the table. “I’ve always been interested in the aesthetics and the food itself,” this chef turned business owner/charity fundraiser/events planner explains.

Kintsugi by Sarkis (Photo by: bernardaud.com) Kintsugi by Sarkis

Partnering with family-owned Bernardaud means the boutique's walls are filled with this creative French company’s plates.

To celebrate the company's 150th year, Bernardaud recently invited moviemakers, photographers and artists to express themselves through porcelain. One of the author's favorite designs is 'Kintsugi' by French artist Sarkis, an interpretation of the 16th century Japanese art of making visible repairs on ceramic with lacquer and gold. The collection includes 12 different plates and matching cups and saucers.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Dubbing it, ‘charger cave,’ Rowland explains that “every single service plate made by Bernardaud is carried here. Tim is the only one who has some of these pieces.”

“We’re very deep into the brands we carry,” explains Albrecht. Dealing strictly with companies that don’t outsource means Consider It Done carries only the world’s most prestigious lines. “After Meissen, the hottest fired porcelain in the world is made by Bernardaud and Herend,” he says. All the hand-painting will last. And last it does. Segusco (Murano glass) started in 1397, Baccarat in 1764, Herend has been active since 1829, Bernardaud since 1863 and Moser since 1857.

Consider It Done officially turns 20 on August 25th.

Consider It Done is located at 7806 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, MD. Tel: 301.654.8690

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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