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“It’s been an interesting journey.” David Neville wasn't talking about his Amtrak ride from New York Fashion Week though by rail was how he and Marcus Wainwright (the other half of Rag & Bone's design team) arrived in Georgetown Tuesday evening.
Here for the official launch party of Rag & Bone, Marcus explained, “We’re English guys who went to school together. We couldn’t find a pair of jeans we liked ...” So they formed their own clothing label in New York City in 2002.
They’ve been collecting awards and accolades ever since, most recently, named 2010 Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
With shops in New York and Tokyo (a women’s only store in Houston), “The logical step was to follow the history … We always wanted to come to Georgetown,” said David.
Speaking of history, ‘rag and bone’ refers to someone who travels the streets of a city with a horse drawn cart and collects old rags (for converting into fabric and paper) and bones for making glue.
The current Rag & Bone collection, straight from the runway is a far cry; a mix of American workmanship and British youth aesthetic fashioned in parachute material, mesh, crochet, tweed and patterned leggings.
Next shop, Boston, this fall.
Rag & Bone is at 3067 M Street. Tel: 202.295.9072
“A fabulous evening of fashion, food, and cocktails inside The Latham Hotel at Citronelle.” From the runway, MyDCStyle.com’s April Jones Firoozabadi thanked her hosts and fashion partner. “Banana Republic is a top choice for day-to- evening wear, especially with their Mad Men collection. D.C.’ s a great city for this … and everything here tonight is available in Georgetown.”
VIP guests enjoyed the Fashionista Wine Bar with selections from master sommelier, Kathryn Morgan and hors d’oeuvres from the Citronelle kitchen. A mix of catwalk and culinary as guests listened to April’s expert fashion tips. To the sounds of a DJ and and a steady drizzle, models introduced the latest fall trends.
"A leopard print tench coat from the Mad Men collection."
"The two-piece cocktail dress is so versatile. Nude heels are a must-have."
"The nice-guy look works so well meeting parents."
"Floral, mustard print from Mad Men collection looks good with all skin and hair colors."
"Print scarves looks great with the Camille jacket."
"A sequined dress stands on its own, and doesn't need a lot of accessories."
Drawings for prizes followed the show included parking passes in Georgetown, cocktails at Michel at Tysons Corner to overnight stays at The Latham Hotel, dinners at Citronelle, and Stella & Dot jewelry.
Guests lingered at the bar following the show.
Managing a real estate development business, a couture consignment shop, and serving as architect and general contractor on T-Square, her new venture, is well, all in a day’s work for Sara Mokhtari.
The inspiration for the name of her Georgetown boutique, Tari came from a dear friend Ari, now deceased. Touching her heart she said, “I wanted to keep him within me, and now his name is part of mine.”
For this self-described design junkie, creating the logo for T-Square, the new corporate and private events space currently in construction above Tari, and selecting the perfect square Porcelenosa toilets, is great fun.
With plans for adding a shoe room and expanding the men’s wear section, Sara explains, “I wanted in the first phase to open up the pop-up, and get it going.” With a background in finance and money management this meant creating structure.
Quick to give credit, Sara said, “Soma Choudhury, a luxury branding and marketing specialist who runs her own company, Leela, helps launch new designers. She was so helpful connecting me with other boutiques. We get amazing stuff all the time.”
Establishing an e-commerce website, marketing, and creating a great sales team (“keeping staff happy is key”) came together quickly. Manager Maria Palacios used to run her own boutique in Miami, and Nya Gill, who has her own jewelry line, Mother of Men, recently came from Nanette Lepore.
While Tari opened last November, the official grand launch party with T-Square is planned for later this fall.
“I love providing a service that makes everyone happy.” Felipe Da Silva, who had seen them on his last visit, zooms right in to show his sister, Marcela a pair of Louboutins in her size.
Despite construction challenges, always compounded when building in historic Georgetown, Sara is on track to have the entire project completed later this year.
Of course, having friendly neighbors like Rashid Hassouni with an espresso machine helps. Tari’s building abuts Puro Cafe, and her daily dose of soy lattes are always steaming hot.
Tari is at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.621.7500