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Insiders Name The Best Newcomer to D.C.'s Shopping Scene

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As the end of the year approaches, we're checking in with our most fashion-savvy friends to hear their thoughts on the best and worst of fashion and retail in Washington in 2013. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut and pasted herein.


Images of The Frye Company and District Flea: R. Lopez

Last week, Racked DC's friendly fashion insiders shared their shopping standbys, and now they're spilling their favorite new additions to Washington retail. We asked: What was the top shopping newcomer of 2013? Feel free to name your picks in the comments.

Uyen Tang, CEO/founder of STYLECABLE:
I loved the Thread pop-up shopping event at Union Market this past November. The Thread mission to showcase independent brands and local retailers is one close to my own heart. The pop-up space was beautifully arranged and it was a lot of fun to explore the products from so many emerging brands I didn't know. The quality of mostly handcrafted products was high and the design was attractive. I really hope Thread pops up again!

Gretchen Hitchner, owner of Ginger Boutique: The Frye Company, of course.

Ashley Arias, Account Coordinator at The Aba Agency: Tanger Outlets at National Harbor was one of the most anticipated shopping destinations for this year.

D/CITY editorial team: Mutiny, a collective dedicated to the brooding man with a meaty intellect. They have an outpost shop inside Redeem. Well-made, hard to find, and folk-quirk. The District Flea, near 9:30 Club, was also new and superb for shopping. We found a cool, blue vintage Popeye arcade machine there, among other sweet whatnots that would've emptied out our pockets.

Hugh McIntosh, manager for District Flea: I'm psyched about the new Gypsy de la Lune showroom on 14th Street. Also looking forward to the Maketto market coffee/Durkl/Toki Underground space.

Joel Cas, editor-in-chief of What Do I Wear: I shop on a budget, so I was very happy with the addition of T.J.Maxx/HomeGoods in Georgetown. I can find the hottest fashion at affordable prices.

Sophie Pyle, lifestyle writer for InTheCapital: I was really excited about The Frye Company flagship store in Georgetown. It's a gorgeous, well-decorated store and the quality of their products is top notch.

Isabella Polles, owner of Via Gypset: Gossamer Vintage. I was unable to think of a brick and mortar store that opened in 2013. However, I was super excited to see and participate in the District Flea, which launched this past fall right off U Street.
· Photo Gallery: Opening Weekend at District Flea [Curbed DC]
· Tour of The Frye Company's Georgetown Flagship [Curbed DC]
· Mutiny's Founder Talks Menswear and Reluctantly Joining Twitter [Racked DC]
· What to Know About The New Tanger Outlets National Harbor [Racked DC]
· In Case You Missed It: 27 Photos of Union Market's Thread [Racked DC]
· All Year in Racked 2013 posts [Racked DC]