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Where's Jack Spade going?

July 18, 2011

Say Jack Spade and you think Kate’s brother or is it husband? Close. Husband Andy got the idea from his wife’s wildly popular line of Kate Spade women’s bags. Recognizing that men needed to carry stuff too, the first JACK SPADE-designed bags were sold to a hardware store in 1997 to see how well they really worked.

From there, Andy co-founded the men’s brand in 1999 and opened the first New York JACK SPADE shop in Soho. Dedicated to the idea that men’s items should “represent honest, thoughtful design and practical purpose” like military issue Chinos and Levis for workmen, the JACK SPADE line of men’s clothing, bags and accessories is very real, while the name is fictitious. Sold to Liz Claiborne in 2007, the aesthetic continues.

Starting the first week of September, Georgetown will have its own JACK SPADE.  According to a JACK SPADE spokesperson, the exact Georgetown location is still under wraps. Stay tuned.

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ArtSee DC launches Saturday at Hillyer Art Space

July 14, 2011

Meet ArtSee, D.C.’s newest fine arts community at a reception and exhibit this Saturday at Hillyer Art Space. The brainchild of founder and CEO Elizabeth Grazioli, ArtSee was inspired by her three great loves: public relations, event planning, and art. Telling The Georgetown Dish, “I want to make the world of art accessible in a simple and affordable way.”

A platform for artists and art enthusiasts to discover, exchange and promote art in the city where they live, ArtSee launches this month in Washington, and opens soon in Philadelphia and New York.

Painting by Blair Sutton (Photo by: ArtSee) Painting by Blair Sutton

This new online gallery service provides the “who, what, where, and when” about the local arts scene. A place for artists to post and sell their work, ArtSee also offers creative promotional and event coordinating services for artists to grow their businesses.

The artists featured in this inaugural show are Kristen Lubsen, Blair Sutton, and Wilford Scott.

Photograph by Wilford Scott (Photo by: ArtSee) Photograph by Wilford Scott

Reception and exhibit is from 7:00-10:00 pm with light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served throughout the evening.  This is a free event with a suggested $20 donation that will go towards a raffle for a photograph of the Washington D.C. landscape by Brad Kehr.

For more information, please contact Kendall Willey at

(Photo by: ArtSee)

Hillyer Art Space is at 9 Hillyer Court directly behind the Cosmos Club and the Phillips Collection. Tel: 202.333.0758

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Destination beauty: Nectar Skin Bar open for business

July 11, 2011

Add Chocolate Sun, the all-natural sunless air-brush tanning product to the list of Washington D.C. exclusives carried at Nectar Skin Bar.

From Italian waxing to oxygen infusion facials, this one-stop best-in-beauty Georgetown skin spa was all decked out Monday for their official opening. Literally.

Signature purple floral arrangement on the patio (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Signature purple floral arrangement on the patio

When The Georgetown Dish had a chance to preview the spa last month, interior designer Will McGovern hadn't yet created the luxurious 800 foot  backyard garden patio.

Amy and Brian Thomas (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Amy and Brian Thomas

The perfect spot to meet Team Nectar, headed by owner Brian Thomas, who, along with “official tester,” wife Amy, travel the world to find the best beauty products.  As Brian enthusiastically told The Dish, “We’re adding three new product lines including Chocolate Sun and Flowers organic skin care from California.”

K Street Kate's Kate Michael and BrandlinkDC's Barbara Martin, sporting a Chocoalte Sun tan (Photo by: Judith Beermann) K Street Kate's Kate Michael and BrandlinkDC's Barbara Martin, sporting a Chocoalte Sun tan

Not sure what you need? Come in for a free consultation. As Brian explained, “Bring in what you use every day and let makeup and brow artist, Adrian Avila  check it out. Our friendly and expert staff is always happy to show you what's better and why.”

Adrian Avila masterfully applies make-up (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Adrian Avila masterfully applies make-up

Nectar’s first public open house is this Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 am -4:00 pm.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Nectar Skin Bar is at  1633 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel. 202.333.4332


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