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On Saturday, LivingSocial is hosting a "Best of DC" fashion trunk show at their 918 F Street space, bringing in bubbly and D.C. designers and shop owners like Numari, DeNada, Blair Ritchey, Elaine B Jewelry, Mutiny, and Meg Biram. The event might be a bit bittersweet, though, in light of yesterday's news that the 918 F Street space's days are numbered.
The Washington Post reported yesterday that LivingSocial is dropping live events and closing the 918 F Street location this spring. They'll produce events through April, but in order to shift the focus back to daily deals and coupons, the 14 full-time and 20 hourly event production employees will either be reassigned or issued severance packages. LivingSocial began hosting events at 918 F Street in early 2012, and fashion events held there in the past have included a Rent the Runway pop-up shop for the inauguration last year.
Want to go to the Best of DC shopping fest and visit 918 F Street while you still can? The event is Saturday, with staggered admission from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission, and $15 buys a VIP ticket including first pick of the trunk show and a glass champagne. All of the merch at the event is at least 25% off, so that might make it easier to fork over the $5 or $15.
· The Best of DC Trunk Show [Living Social]
· LivingSocial posts a net loss of $183M for 2013, says it will no longer produce live events [WaPo]
· A Look Inside Rent the Runway's Pop-Up Showroom [Washingtonian]