Saturday, June 10, 2017

ARCH Presents FUSION: Three Pop-Ups of Art, Fashion, and Design

From its inception in 2013, the Anacostia Arts Center (Washington, D.C.) has received most interest from young, smart boutique owners; there is clearly a deep enthusiasm and strong creative pulse for the fashion arts east of the river. FUSION is the response to that call.

Vintage and Charmed kicked off the series of three store pop-ups with a reception on June 9th at 6PM. This location provides these entrepreneurs with the platform to stretch their creativity beyond the 500sq ft. gallery space they currently hold inside the Anacostia Arts Center. Each of these woman-owned businesses is thrilled to push the boundaries of visual merchandising to dramatic results.

FUSION will run from June 9 through August 19 at 2208 MLK Jr Ave SE. Featuring Vintage and Charmed, The Den, and Nubian Hueman. Each boutique will determine their own store hours.
  • Vintage and Charmed - June 9 through June 25
  • The Den - July 8 through July 23
  • Nubian Hueman - August 5 through August 19

Vintage and Charmed
Created by Washington, D.C. native and Anacostia resident Lynette McNeil-Voss; Vintage and Charmed began as an Ebay store. The demand for the hand-picked items grew so rapidly that in the summer of 2011, Lynette opened her first location in Maryland; she outgrew the store within two years. Lynette has hosted fashion shows and kiosks across the region, she has a keen eye for fashion and is always on the hunt for unique pieces. Vintage and Charmed has items from main-street to high-end designer labels. The store will be open 11am - 7pm Monday - Friday, and 12pm - 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
Interior view of Vintage and Charmed.

The Den
Maryam Foye is the founding artistic director of HBC Theater Company, LLC. The Den: Reading Room and Artist Exchange is a project of HBC theater. The vision is to serve as a safe space that promotes community engagement, creative entrepreneurship, self-efficacy and art as activism.  As a Playback Theater practitioner, the bulk of her work is collecting, retelling and documenting the stories of people of color, women and children.

Nubian Hueman
Dubbed one of Washington DC's Best Boutiques by Washington City Paper, Nubian Hueman features cultural goods along with art of various mediums reflecting the African Diaspora and Black culture. The store serves as a means to promote collective interaction, community development, and global responsibility through a fresh and artistic platform. Owner and Lead Curator Anika Hobbs, has always had an interest in the convergence of fashion, interior design, and business. Nubian Hueman Boutique started as an online store and graduated to brick-and-mortar location in 2013 and is scheduled to expand in the next few months.

ARCH is a small, nonprofit neighborhood-based organization with its entire focus on the economic regeneration of Washington DC's Historic Community of Anacostia, using arts, culture, and the creative economy. Its mission is to create, in partnership with the residents and stakeholders of the neighborhood, a home for arts, culture, and small businesses fulfilling our commitment to the revitalization of Historic Anacostia.  Anacostia should be a vibrant residential and commercial neighborhood that retains its historic charm and is filled with small businesses and cultural organizations that serve Anacostia residents and create a destination for visitors.

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