Brookland Arts Walk

  Photo from the Stitch & Rivet website.

I feel really good about buying stuff from locals, especially when it feels like it’s a purchase from a genuine shop owner. Last weekend, my boyfriend and I wandered around Brookland, a neighborhood in DC that we’ve never explored before. We grabbed brunch at the always-satisfying Busboys & Poets and headed over to Analog, a shop that’s one-half vintage clothing store and one-half stationery and paper craft workshop. (Because Analog sells back issues of the now-defunct WORN Fashion Journal, they automatically get an A in my book). A couple doors down, Stitch & Rivet calls the space with handmade leather bags, salvaged wood home accessories and modern jewelry its home. From that shop, I scooped up a very cute sterling/clay necklace and DIY terrarium kit that I am very happy about. And of course the lit lover in me really liked Bookland, the studio for Rebound-Designs that sells wallets and purses crafted from old hardcopy books.

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