Washington, D.C.: Where to Shop
For the Home
The cramped basement quarters of Millennium Decorative Arts (1528 U St. NW; 202/483-1218) are stocked with mint-condition, Midcentury furniture by Heywood-Wakefield and Hans Wegner. At Timothy Paul Carpets & Textiles (1404 14th St. NW; 202/319-1100), husband-and-wife team Timothy and Mia Worrell source exquisite contemporary Iranian rugs and Indonesian block-printed linens. The owners of Chinese antiques emporium Carling Nichols (1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202/338-5600) travel to Asia regularly to replenish their stock of 18th-century laquered tables and delicate painted clay figurines.
Newcomer Lettie Gooch (1911 Ninth St. NW; 202/332-4242) is gaining a reputation for fresh, slightly offbeat clothes and accessories: herringbone pencil skirts from Black Halo, intricate rolled paper–and-silver strand necklaces by local designer Ayanna.
Adorable Sassanova (1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202/471-4400) is the brainchild of two shoe-obsessed friends who decided to set up shop. Their scrupulously edited selection includes the latest from Tibi, Missoni, and Sigerson Morrison. At cavelike Carbon (2643 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202/232-6645), the mandate is form plus function: deconstructed, rubber-soled wing tips by Blackstone, and limited-edition Italian-leather Chelsea boots.
For Your Inner Wonk
Political Americana (1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202/737-7730) is a trove of presidential memorabilia, where you’ll find Christmas cards sent by the Eisenhowers and a diecast tie bar engraved with Jimmy Carter’s signature.