The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might be gracing Los Angeles with their presence, but Georgetown received a bit o’ the Brits as well.Â The London-based retailer of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing AllSaints Spitalfields has made an entree’ into Washington, D.C. right on M Street (3235 M Street, NW) boasting approximately 5,040 square feet.Â The appealing (and affordable) vintage inspired designs on the two floors offer a full range of accessories and apparel collections for men and women.Â With the doors opened for business on Friday, media and friends of The Aba Agency were welcomed in with glasses of bubbly, gift cards, and an opportunity to shop on an otherwise dull and stormy Friday afternoon.
You will find touring the space is part of the pleasure.Â Filled with ram skulls and vintage industrial fixtures such as printing presses, looms and Singer sewing machines as well as wood paneled and steel beamed floors, and exposed brick walls, you’ll want to spend just as much time taking in the decor as the clothing.
We were told that more than 60% of the storeâ€™s fixtures are reclaimed artifacts.Â The remainders are all cast-iron furniture produced in traditional sand-casting method. All other non-vintage fixtures are handmade in the U.K.Â If you have a thing for sewing machines, you are in luck, as over 200 of them are found in the windows and throughout the store.
While I didn’t venture upstairs where the boys are (it was about 100 degrees) I spent enough time downstairs to think about future damage to be done. AllSaints is known for their quality leather, and the handbags, many lined with the trendy fringe, were calling my name. Big chunky statement pieces line the walls for those of you who are in need of a new necklace and the shoes, particularly the wedges, are perfect for the D.C. stylish-set.Â Also appealing was the marriage of modern and vintage technology.Â iPads hung on displays, allowing the curious but hurried shopper to point through inventory and prices without trailing about the store.
As I left with my one item (oh, I’ll be back) in my AllSaints Spitafields shopping bag, no less than four people asked me on M Street, “OH! Are they open?” Even later when I was grabbing a cocktail with friends, a few young ladies became filled with giddiness and created plans to hit the store the next day.
This is the 12th store in the U.S. for AllSaints Spitalfieds. 3235 M Street, NW
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.