McLean native Kyle Barber is a beading novice — she's only been at it for two years — but from the looks of her Georgetown shop, Duo, you’d never guess it. The newly opened boutique is adorned with sassy, personality-packed jewelry and clothing that feels like an extension of Barber herself.
After moving back to the area from Knoxville in September, the artsy entrepreneur left her pre-school teaching gig and picked up a pair of pliers and a box of beads. Setting up shop with her sister, Elizabeth (the other half of the dynamic duo), Kyle quickly filled the space with new and under-the-radar clothing brands, along with her wildly colorful, super-affordable collection of handmade jewelry that could energize any old white-tee-and-jeans outfit. Expect chunky neon necklaces, gotta-have-'em bangles, and jars stuffed with candy-colored finds perfect for playing dress-up.
Stepping into Duo feels half like you're visiting the best candy shop ever, and half like you're sneaking a peek at a really amazing walk-in closet: It’s a mix of whimsy and sophistication, just like Barber. To give you the real scoop, we spent some time with Barber to get the dish on her inspiration and snap plenty of crush-worthy pics. Click through for the full tour!
, 1624 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-652-0837.