FASHION101……FASHION. FUN. FEELOSOPHY

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Hello vintage junkies.. Its been awhile.

I have some treats for you. In my new-found time vacationing – I have discovered a few of DC’s hidden gems on the second-hand and  retail scene. Here’s a few.

Fia’s Fabulous Finds– I found a few treasures at this spot. There wasn’t a lot vintage, but a tons of designer brands, that I had to covet for my personal closet. Pictures to come.

Shop Fia’s Fabulous Finds Memorial Day Sale

806 Upshur Street
NW Washington, DC 20011

Regular HOURS:

Monday: By Appointment

Tuesday-Friday: 11:00AM-7:00PM
Saturday-Sunday: 11:00AM-6:00P

This Monday, May 26 from 11am-6pm

Get ready for the shopping experience of a lifetime! Fia’s Fabulous Finds is the number #1 upscale thrift store in Washington, DC. Nanette Lepore, Theory, Banana Republic, Jcrew, Ann Taylor, Prada, Gucci and so many more “name brands” can be found at this boutique. And ask about Fia’s FAMOUS and FABULOUS basement of treasures where you can discover great deals 10.00 and under.
REGISTER NOW – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fias-memorial-holiday-sale-for-the-thrift-and-vintage-lovers-25-off-everything-in-the-store-with-tickets-11696042177 (at Fia’s Fabulous Finds)

U Street Flea Market– Located on corner of 9th and U St NW (Behind Nellie’s)

I met some great vendors, one in particular who stood out was “Tossers” second life bags: hand crafted bags from items that have had one (or more) lives and have been tossed or given away. They are GREEN and FRIENDLY. You can also find Tossers on FB:tosserssecondlifebags.

FYI- they are very “gay-friendly”. Owned and operated by a male couple. I love to see folks creating their destiny as one.

There is another young lady that makes clothing using awesome African fabrics. I must locate her card to give you her name and contact info. Her daughter is her assistant who photo bombs her pictures. More to come.

Matador’s Atelier Fashion is Alive
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Oliver at The Coupe, while having lunch; a kale salad and Blood Mary (which turned into 2). He had very high-energy and we talked for hours about art, fashion and culture. He has been sewing for over 15 years. His dream is to dress the First Lady, Michelle Obama. I found his design aesthetic to be very lady like with structured lines and trims that POP, while maintaining femininity. His garments are sold at Boutique on the Hill- 225 Pennsylvania Ave., SE., Every Thursday they have complimentary Mimosa’s from 1 pm- 4 pm. Hours- 11am- 7pm.

For custom pieces email: matador.od@gmail.com. Make sure to tell him I referred you.

One last place I enjoyed discovering was CROSSROADS– The finds where great and prices to die for. I snagged a pair of pumps pumpsand these bootiesbooties

However the customer service SUCKED. Although,  I will shop for a great thrill.

They buy, sell and trade fashionable, gently used clothes.

You can stop in and sell or do an overnight drop it off – no appointment needed.

 I have been back at least 3 times to sell and I find the service varies depending on the staff.  Ms. Tatiana, who I know well from Nordstrom (Lingerie Dept) is a doll, Kevin and Brandon are pleasant, too.  Jesse, the manager…emm! enough said.

 Also the trade seems to be better than cash, that is if you find something to purchase on that visit.  Hours:Mon-Sun 11am-7pm , 2015 14th St. NW..

Last but never least, continue to support Twice As Nice Consignment, 7943 Central Ave., Capital Heights, MD….New designer inventory daily, “Where resale goes upscale”.

VFJ

Aisha Keys

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC

DC/NYC/MI

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About crazechameleonstudio

Craze Chameleon Studio established in 1999 by founder Aisha Keys, a native Washingtonian, is one of the must vintage clothing collections in D.C. At the age of 23, her distinct fashion style turned the heads of many people on the streets of D.C., thus propelling her into a career as a personal shopper and fashion stylist to aspiring models, vocalists, musicians, and local fashionistas. Because of her ability to change her look from day to day, she was nicknamed the Chameleon; thus creating Craze Chameleon Studio. A studio of vintage clothes from the 20’s – 60’s. At the Studio, Aisha creates masterpieces utilizing her creative eye and vintage pieces. “…through my original style and vintage apparel, I show people how to put it all together and create their own unique fashion statement.” Aisha Keys. Craze Chameleon Studio has carved out its own niche among vintage retailers by providing up to the minute fashion that looks as if it is off the runway today, but is an original garment from fashion past. Since opening in 1999, CCS has been one of D.C.’s vintage clothing resource and one of the most celebrated vintage destinations in the D.C. area; supplying clothes to many retailers in the metropolitan area like Kaur, Nana, Meeps, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange, Reddz Trading and Mustard Seed. CCS has an incredible array of vintage clothing from cocktail dresses, furs, suits, designer garments, accessories for men and women, and household collectibles and furnishings. There is an exclusive collection of used and dead stock items at the studio. To make an appointment call 2022008892 or email crazechameleonstudio@gmail.com

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