I went back to visit Nana again in its Mount Pleasant location. (They opened in 2003 on U Street. They are now at 3068 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW). When I first went to Nana, I asked the owner/founder, Jackie Flanagan, whether they had any sustainable fashion lines. She looked doubtful for a moment, and started to say that there was not much right now, except for this, and this, and this, and.... It turned out that almost everything in the store had a sustainable angle. She seemed to have made these careful choices almost unconsciously, and it occurred to me that I was seeing the post-green-movement world. For example, her own clothing line, also called Nana after her very stylish grandmother, is made in Adams Morgan and incorporates many vintage and organic fabrics.
|Nana proprietary line dress and soy candles|
Most of the jewelry is also made by local designers. I loved the bold pieces by Sultana Maria, who uses antique bells and bullet casings paired with rough crystals.
Sultana Maria jewelry
Quarter Life curates a vintage clothing corner (which currently has lots of nice tweed skirts in case you're thinking about joining the Tweed Ride). Toronto-based company, Preloved makes upcycled garments and accessories from vintage elements, ensuring that your item will be unlike any other you see in town.
Preloved upcycled sweater vest
I am generally against anything that vaguely resembles tie-dye because I've seen too much of it in Takoma Park, but these shibori-dyed dresses by the local company La La Circuit won me over with their subtle colors and interesting patterns. I loved the necklines too.
La La Circuit shibori-dyed dress
Judging from the hem, I believe these are made from upcycled bed sheets, which was a great surprise. And there's much, much more to enjoy: lovely fair-trade dresses by Mata Traders, soy candles made with love by Jackie and her husband, and DC-designed and made leather clutch purses.
Do give yourself a treat and stop in with some girlfriends for a nice long shopping session. You are sure to find something that you look great and feel great in.