Fashion Bits & Bobs

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Grace Kelly with the bag that bears her name; get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the craftsmanship behind these handmade bags this weekend in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Spring happenings are upon us. A quick n dirty rundown of what’s on popping up on my radar and in my inbox, starting with an assortment of fashionable happenings this weekend:

The fifth anniversary of The Collection at Chevy Chase this weekend means free spa services, Champagne and cupcakes (when will this menu for fashion events ever change?), fashion presentations and a free concert by US Royalty.

If even freebies at The Collection are too rich for your blood, go to one of many sweet rummage-style shopping events for score new spring clothes.
This is the weekend for it, apparently: Hillyer Art Space for their Swap Shop event Saturday, or the bag sale ($15 for all you can stuff!) at It’s All Good in Arlington. And of course there’s the Tossed & Found sale starting Friday in Crystal City and going all weekend (it’s free to enter Saturday and Sunday, when they’ll likely also be doing a bag-sale deal).

Nana, formerly along the U-Street-Strip, opens in Mount Pleasant Saturday with expanded merch: children’s clothes, gifts and home decor items. From 4-7, get a free gift with purchase and treats from Pleasant Pops (read: NOT Champagne and cupcakes!). Also on the openings front, we’re hearing that Current Boutique will open in Logan Circle in May at 1809 14th Street.

Hermes bags are made by hand, meticulously, by artisans in an atelier just outside of Paris, and many have worked at the family-owned company for decades. It’s a rare thing. Out in Tysons this weekend, there’s something of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this firsthand: these skilled workers have been flown in for the Festival des Metiers (Festival of Crafts) today through Wednesday from 11-6 out at The Shops at Fairfax Square. Fittingly, there is no web site or flier to share. Go, watch and appreciate the craft that goes behind these amazing wearable pieces that are currently fighting off corporate takeover by the (admittedly, genius capitalists) at LVMH.

In other news….

Local jeweler Sissy Yates got the nod recently from Lucky Magazine.

The District Sample Sale next Tuesday will include an “Accessories Pavilion” at the entrance to the event this year. There will be PopChips, 94.7 Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly (I’m still not over The Arrow) and delicious tiny food from Occasions Caterers….oh and jewelry and assorted small things you’ll want to buy from The Dandelion Patch, Fornash and Queen Bee.

Next weekend: Trina Turk shopping events/personal appearances. Rumor has it that the designer is thinking of opening a store in the District. Make sure to RSVP to attend; view the event details here.

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