Car2Go joins the Seersucker Social as a sponsor!

Car2Go has joined as a sponsor of the 2012 Seersucker Social.  You’ve seen those little blue and white smart cars around town.  They make great sense for those who see the bicycle as a primary means of transportation and choose not to own a car.  If you occasionally need four wheels to reach your destination, consider a membership to DC’s newest car sharing program.  Representatives will be at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens during the Seersucker Social and will be ready to sign up the interested.

Announcement of Winning Numbers for the Raffle Tickets!

Winning ticket numbers for the Linus Bicycle and Nau items were drawn at the BicycleSPACE before a small enthusiastic and hopeful group of people.  The winning tickets are:

Ticket No 1: 778543

Ticket No 2: 778391

Ticket No 3: 778584

Ticket No 4: 778576

Ticket No 5: 778390

The top winning raffle ticket holder reporting to us wins the Linus Bicycle.  Winning ticket holders have until November 26 to contact us.  Wining prizes will be awarded in succession to reporting raffle ticket holders.  Eventbrite ticket holders to the Tweed Ride party will be selected at random for any unclaimed prizes.

The prizes will be awarded as follows:

1. Linus Bicycle

2. Nau Riding Jacket Size L

3. Nau Riding Jacket Size M

4. Nau Scarf

5. Nau storage pouch

What to wear to the Tweed Ride: A guide for the dapper dame

Are you in need of a little tweedspiration for next Sunday’s Tweed Ride? Fear not fellow quaintrelles! We’ve got you covered. Don’t have an ankle skimming Victorian lace gown on hand? Not to worry. You can create an elegant modern vintage ensemble by mixing your fall work wardrobe with vintage inspired accessories. With a few artfully assembled layers, well-tailored pieces, and a dash of creative nuance, you will be ready to step out in style!

The Basics

Look for skirts, dresses, jackets and vests in traditional fall fabrics like wool or tweed. Plaid, argyle, and traditional tweed patterns are a plus. A ruffled blouse or embellished cardigan balances the heavy fabric, and adds a touch of dainty Victorian elegance.

If you don’t have these items on hand, you can find basics like this argyle cardigan or this tweed dress at nearby retail outlets. For something unique, check local vintage and resale shops like Polly Sue’s and Moonshadow in Takoma Park, or Junction and Ginger Roots on U Street. Treasury on 14th is offering a discount for Tweed Riders, so be sure to mention the event! Another excellent local resource is Uesa Goods Vintage. Many of her items aren’t listed online, but you can make an appointment to shop her full collection.

Finishing Touches

Put your best foot forward in a pair of high button boots or two-tone spectator pumps.

For outerwear, don a fur stole (faux or otherwise) like these ladies did for last year’s Tweed Ride.

Or show off your shoulders with a stylish capelet. This handy video explains how to make one yourself!

Remember, a lady always protects her hands. Tie one on in style with these pretty bow accented red gloves. Or, raise your pinkie in a pair of proper lace tea gloves.

Don’t forget a proper topper! You can find inexpensive fascinators at Forever 21, or purchase unique handmade creations on Etsy. It you’re particularly crafty, you can even make your own using this how-to guide.
To finish off your look, add a few strands of pearls, a patterned scarf or an antique brooch. Use fabric scraps, buttons, and feathers to make a decorative pin or spruce up a plain felt cloche hat. If the weather is chilly, stay warm with a pair of patterned tights or knee socks. Most importantly, make your look your own. Happy Tweeding!

My Name is ________ and I’m a Junction Junkie.

A green double breasted slim-fit leather coat made in Hong Kong was my first find at Junction a few years ago.  Since then, I’ve made enough visits to the shop to know that the male dress forms the manager sets out on the sidewalk are my size. I can eyeball a blazer set on one while cruising down U St. and know in an instant if the piece belongs in my collection.

Store manager Megan Gay and I talked about seersucker during one of my visits this summer and it lead to plans of showcasing Junction finds in the fashion show following the Tweed Ride. Last week, while meeting with Megan and store owner Shannan Fales, I noticed  their individual tastes for pairing items and creating sharp looks and enjoyed watching them collaborate. As I listened to them converse about clothes, I could see how their personalities were reflected in the make-up of the shop.

I left that evening with the perfect fall waistcoat and a desire to return with my camera. They’ve just set out their best items for tweed minded shoppers.  Read a bit from my Q&A with Shannan and stop by Junction this weekend.

How long have you been collecting and selling vintage clothing?  How did you catch the bug? S.F. – I’ve been buying vintage clothes for myself since the mid 1990’s.  I’m originally from Massachusetts and befriended the owner of a shop near Cape Cod called Circa, one of the best vintage stores I’ve ever been to.  Everything in Circa is amazing.  It’s hard to leave there without something in hand.  That’s honestly where my passion for vintage began.

What is your favorite era of vintage clothing ? S.F. – If you had asked me this a few years ago, I would have said the 1970’s.  I love bell bottoms and have been wearing them since I started collecting vintage.  And the classic Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress is such an iconic essential.  But lately, I’ve been drawn to the 1950’s.  I love the hourglass silhouette and exaggerated shapes of this era like Dior’s  “New Look” – a fitted jacket with a nipped-in waist and full calf-length skirt.

Tell us about some of your favorite finds. S.F. -Over the years, I’ve definitely had some amazing finds.  From a $3 Pucci jacket to a $5 Valentino blazer, I’m always amazed when I come across a designer piece wedged between an old Gap sweater and a top from Target.

One of my greatest finds is a turn-of-the-century beaded purse that I came across in a dress drawer at an estate sale.  It had a 1904 newspaper clipping inside about a Christmas party that I like to believe the owner attended.   The purse is very delicate but in amazing condition and I keep it in a shadowbox frame.

Has the business of selling vintage clothing changed in recent  years? S.F. – I don’t believe the actual business of selling vintage has changed, but selling at Junction has definitely changed.  When I first opened, I would bring in pieces that were eccentric and unique and they would sit on the racks for months.  It was very discouraging, so I started to add more conservative pieces to my inventory to meet customer demands.  But I’m happy to say DC has been taking more fashion risks with their personal style in the last few years and the more adventurous pieces are being snapped up.

What are the unexpected or not so obvious items folks should look for when shopping  for the tweed ride? S.F. – Tweed as a fabric is defined by its weave but tweed as a concept encompasses so much more.  The words proper, sophisticated, smart, and classic come to mind.  So less “tweed obvious” items for women are bow tie blouses, crisp shirts, mid calf-to-knee length skirts, silk scarves and long gloves.  And for men – modest vests and blazers, chinos, pocket squares, slim-fitting sweaters, leather gloves.  It’s about the style, not just the fabric.

Retro Recap: ZESTFESTDC featuring D&Q

D&Q’s first retro bike show featured a modest number of bicycles as a part of the ZestFestDC event at the  Loree Grand Field on October 22. While short notice of the event prevented many vintage bicycle owners from pedaling their prized possessions to the show, 3 vintage Raleigh bikes arrived from  bicycle mechanic Paul Reighard’s collection. Others were displayed by a few collectors who appeared as the sun began to set on another fine autumn day. Among the bikes on display were Jay Keese’s restored 1967 Raleigh DL-1, Alan Goad’s 60′s Schwinn Collegiate, and my own 1964 Schwinn Mark IV.  Dandies Emil King and Bipin Badhe made dapper appearances. I’m already looking forward to the next show and seeing the bikes of those who enthusiastically responded to my e-mail about the show but were unable to attend.  Below is a glimpse of both old and new retro bikes on display at the event. Thank you tothe NoMa BID and  ReadySetDC for inviting us to participate in ZestFestDC.  Thank you to the Bicycle Space and their veteran mechanic Paul Reighard for the bike racks and vintage rides.