By Darby Radcliff

Published on November 6, 2015

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Discover top picks for the best local, independent clothing, footwear, and accessories boutiques that make shopping in D.C. exciting and special.

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relish

Tucked into Cady’s Alley in the historical Georgetown district, the beautiful two-story boutique Relish is truly a designer paradise. With its stunning selection of refined and chic clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories from designers such as Dries Van Noten, Marni, Marc Jacobs, Henry Beguelin, Yōji Yamamoto, and Jil Sander, this boutique truly brings style to life.

Relish
3312 Cady’s Alley Northwest Washington, DC 20007

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julia farr

Owner Julia Farr of Julia Farr boutiques has been providing a wardrobe consulting and fashion design business to D.C. locals since its launch in July 2010. In a zen-like, luxurious showroom boutique, Julia and her colleagues work individually with each of their clients to build their wardrobe like an architect designs and constructs a building. With a focus on chic, essential pieces, Julia Farr offers clothing and accessories from established and emerging designers including Alice + Olivia, Black Halo, Kara Ross, as well as the boutique offers custom designs of each season’s “must have” pieces in the Julia Farr Collection.

Julia Farr
44th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20015

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emporiumDNA

This cutting-edge boutique features an elite mix of sophisticated and eclectic designer apparel and accessories from contemporary brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, Alice + Olivia and Torn by Ronny Kobo. emporiumDNA also provides a mix of stylish sneakers, accessories and a variety of denim pieces from brands like Adriano Goldschmidt, J Brand, True Religion, Hudson, Paige, Habitual, John Varvatos, and Rag & Bone.

emporiumDNA
1666 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC, D.C. 20009

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hu’s wear

In the past seven years, Hu’s Wear has been known as the premier luxury shopping destination in DC. Owner Marlene Hu Aldaba handpicks the boutique’s carefully curated selection of designer ready-to-wear, footwear, handbags, and accessories. Traveling from New York to Paris to Milan, she finds styles that defy the ordinary and express a bold, creative vision.

Hu’s Wear
2906 M St NW Washington, DC 20007

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hu’s shoes

If you’re an obsessive shoe lover, then Hu’s Shoes is the place for you! This independently owned boutique located across the street from Hu’s Wear in D.C.’s historic Georgetown shopping district boasts a carefully curated selection of unique designer shoes from the likes of Givenchy, Isabel Marant, and Charlotte Olympia.

Hu’s Shoes
3005 M St NW Washington, DC 20007

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read wall

Make an appointment for a one-on-one, customized shopping experience at this D.C.-based menswear brand boutique that works exclusively with premier American factories offering unique, beautifully constructed, and built to last menswear shirts and suiting.

Read Wall
3143 N St NW Washington DC, D.C. 20007

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proper topper

A shopping mainstay in Washington since 1990, this fun little hat-centered shop provides a diverse selection of newsboys, bowlers and berets. Proper Topper offers more than just hats, selling gifts, clothing, jewelry, and unique men’s accessories.

Proper Topper
1350 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036

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muléh

A 14th Street veteran, Muléh offers high design for both fashion and furniture, with a gallery-like approach acting as a one part clothing boutique, two parts furniture gallery and all parts art. From expertly tailored jackets to stainless steel and bamboo furniture, this warehouse-style store seamlessly combines modern furnishings with high-end, eclectic clothing from designers like Vivienne Westwood and Rozae Nichols.

Muléh
1831 14th St NW Washington, DC

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m29 lifestyle

Located in a lofty space near the entrance of the Four Seasons in Georgetown, M29 Lifestyle offers shoppers a diverse and unique selection of exciting treasures from across the globe and locally. The lifestyle boutique offers eco-friendly and artisinal designs along with cutting-edge pieces from emerging and established artists alongside globally recognized brands including INHABIT, White + Warren, Antik Batik, and Chan Luu.

M29 Lifestyle
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20007

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charm

Shop for statement-making jewelry in this first of its kind jewelry shop located on M Street in Georgetown. Owned by Jaclyn Mason, a born and bred Washingtonian, Charm is filled with her own personal style and her love of fashion and jewelry. She has combined the trendiness of New York City, the laid back flair of L.A. with the more conservative element of D.C. to create a boutique that offers a sense of timeless elegance combined with cutting edge cool.

Charm
2910 M St NW Washington, DC 20007

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violet boutique

Since opening in March 2011, Violet Boutique has been known as a Washingtonian woman’s go-to shop for fun, trendy looks that can easily be worn from day to night. The affordable clothing selection (all priced under $100) is bright, feminine and flirty, providing local ladies with an essence of colorful style. 

Violet Boutique
2439 18th St NW Washington, DC 20009