It might soon be fall outside but commercially speaking, it’s spring time on 14th Street with so many new boutiques and shops popping up weekly. Now that many of the construction projects are either at or near the finish line, it’s time to check out what’s new.
Blue’s Hard Goods (1803A 14th St., N.W.) holds a collection of clothing ranging from the Victorian era to the present. The shop may seem familiar; it was previously known as Rue 14. The sign, nestled on the second floor above longtime gift shop Pulp, still displays the former store name. Last year the vintage store changed all the merchandise from before except the denim. The racks are packed with eccentric vintage pieces perfect for an early Halloween costume or to add some flair to the everyday wardrobe. Although the location is the same as before, walking through the door leads to a whole new shopping experience.
Buffalo Exchange (1318 14th St., N.W.) is the consignment shop your wallet will love. Its opening last year brought designer clothes to closets without breaking the bank. The space may seem cluttered on first glance, but be brave enough to jump into the chaos and you could find the most loved item in your wardrobe or a designer label priced for a steal. We’re talking sky-high stilettos, five shirts, six pairs of pants, four dresses and not a bit of post shopping what-was-I-thinking regret.
Federal (2216 14th St., N.W.) opened in 2007 and ever since has offered an assortment of men’s vintage clothes and quality denim. Brands such as Levi’s, Toms and Red Wing can be found here. Vintage sunglasses and backpacks are also available along with odds and ends like flasks. A relaxed atmosphere makes Federal a good place to shop without feeling crowded or rushed.
Lou Lou (1802 14th St., N.W.) is the mecca for women’s accessories on 14th Street. Jewelry, bags and any other accessory can be found in this new shop. Bright colors make it a welcoming environment to find a new pair of sunglasses or fragrance. The amount of choice is almost overwhelming for a pair of earrings or a handbag. Fair warning: the boutique is all around adorable, so it may be impossible to walk out empty handed. loulouboutiques.com.
Redeem (1810 14th St., N.W.) is the Urban Outfitters for those who don’t want admit they shop at Urban Outfitters. Knickknacks and rocker clothes abound in this men and women’s couture clothing store. Items aren’t for the financially faint of heart, but the quality will make the investment easier. Redeem has been a staple of 14th Street for a while but they recently moved to their new location for more space. redeemus.com.
Treasury (1843 14th St., N.W.) has been around since 2009, but its assortment of vintage clothing keeps the place feeling brand new. The space is small but Treasury manages to make sure every bit of the space is utilized to hold vintage goodness. Dresses, T-shirts and more hang on the racks with tags that list the approximate date the item entered the space. At the front near the register is an assortment of jewelry that would make for an interesting addition to any outfit or collection. The men’s section is a little on the small side, but is still worth a look.