In The Know
“My mother used to knit every day. She did it with passion, elegance, talent and resilience: the very same attitude she demonstrated in bringing up her four children. And then the company.”—Alessandro Spada
Meet champion of "Made in Italy," Alessandro Spada and enjoy a day in Georgetown at Italian designer boutique Amina Rubinacci's Open House on Thursday, October 15 from 11:00 until 4:00 pm. Refreshments will be served throughout the day and receive 10% off all purchases.
Alessandro, after obtaining a degree in Economics, started his career far from his family’s business. His plan was to build the necessary skills and expertise by working for other important Italian families in the fashion industry. First, Ermenegildo Zegna, then Salvatore Ferragamo. Year after year he took on several professional roles, from sales to marketing, communications to management—motivated increasingly by the desire to handle all the dynamics and complexities of running a global company.
When Alessandro felt he had garnered enough knowledge about family companies, and the “Made in Italy” brand from a global perspective, he returned home to Naples, to his family and to the company founded by his mother—Amina.
It was at that time that he contributed significantly to developing a new label founded on the Neapolitan tradition of sartorial craftsmanship—committed to an unwavering attention to detail and to a precision of a truly artisanal product.
Today, with Alessandro as CEO, Amina remains the leading muse, with each of her four adult children playing a key role within the company. Over the last 15 years, the Amina Rubinacci brand has become a very successful fashion house with a global presence.
The company boasts a robust wholesale clientele with hundreds of boutique clients worldwide as well as 15 mono-brand stores in Italy, the United States, Russia and Switzerland. Each of these stores is revered as a welcoming place where special care is shown to every client, channeling the original spirit of the grandfather’s (Gennaro Rubinacci) iconic tailoring shop.
Amina’s artisanal value remains unparalleled and solidly rooted in the “Made in Italy” brand after all these years. Indeed, Amina Rubinacci continues to produce every item within the country, recognizing this label as a gold standard in the world economy.
Amina Rubinacci is located at 2822 Pennsylvania Avenue in Georgetown.
The annual Taste of Georgetown will celebrate its 22nd year on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm with creative tastes from over 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, as well as an expansive Craft Beer and Wine Garden.
This foodie event takes place in the heart of Georgetown, on K Street NW, between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street and along the scenic Georgetown Waterfront. This longstanding event in Georgetown is hosted by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) and benefits the Georgetown Ministry Center’s services supporting the homeless. The event began over 20 years ago by Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown and its former Rector David Bird and member Robert Egger, who went on to found DC Central Kitchen.
Georgetown invites you to Eat, Drink, Play with us this October - the only opportunity to taste one’s way through Georgetown in an afternoon! Taste of Georgetown 2015 will feature more than 60 signature dishes from over 30 popular Georgetown dining spots. Plus, enjoy the beautiful Georgetown Waterfront and family-friendly entertainment.
Click here for participating restaurants.
Washington state-based Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters is opening Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Georgetown later this year. The coffee house will be at 3206 N Street in the spot formerly occupied by Neyla restaurant.
According to Washington City Paper, "Batdorf & Bronson, which has been around for nearly 30 years, currently has seven coffee shops in Washington state and Georgia. The D.C. location will be the first without a roaster in the same city, but Business Development Director Mike Ferguson says the beans will still be two days out of the roaster, "so the coffee will be stunningly fresh."