For years, while she was attending graduate school and waitressing part-time at her family’s Italian restaurant, young Isabella Polles dreamed of opening a clothing store of her own. That dream came true last year when she threw open the doors at Gypset, her consignment and high-end vintage clothing store located in the Woodley Park neighborhood.
The store, which Isabella decorated herself, has a cool yet warm vibe to it. Dull wooden stairs have been painted a vibrant shade of blue, with quotes on the risers and photos of her family scattered about. Isabella’s mix of American and European background influences her clothing, jewelry, and handbag selections. They are stylish and hip. The first floor has name-brand designer clothing. Looking for a Chloé dress or a classic coat by Lagerfeld or pants by DKNY? Here’s where you’ll find it. The second story carries more affordable vintage items, and it’s fun to browse through. The store carries mainly women’s apparel, but there is a smaller section for menswear.
Isabella and her staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the items carried in the store, and they’ll be glad to share the interesting stories behind their items.
If you can’t make it to the store, you can also catch Isabella and her crew at the weekly D.C. Flea (http://www.afar.com/highlights/trolling-for-treasures?context=user&context_id=julee-k).