Local Boutiques Shine with High Fashion and Unique Style
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Detail 1: Eye of the Beholder Consignment
Detail 2: 1041 Route 3 N. Hopkins Place, Gambrills, Maryland, 410.721.2006, EyeOfTheBeholderConsignment.com
Eye of the Beholder Consignment truly lives up to its name. Local consigners can bring new or gently used high-end items to be sold to new owners who will find the beauty in a stunning designer dress or accessory rather than tossing them out with the trash. Owner Briana Printy calls it the “ultimate recycling.” She accepts women’s clothing sizes 0 to 3x, jewelry, designer handbags, accessories, formal wear in the spring and the fall, furniture and housewares.
“I grew up riding horses, and my mom wouldn’t let me wear my Jordache jeans to the barn. I started going to thrift stores to find cool jeans that I could wear to the barn without worrying about ruining them or paying such high prices and then not being able to wear them when I was a teenager,” Briana says.
Eye of the Beholder opened in 2012 in a smaller location on Route 3.
“I was training horses for most of my career. I had broken bones and had tons of injuries from that. I had been considering opening my own shop for a long time. I said finally, ‘You know what? I can do this,'” Briana says.
After four successful years, they moved the shop into a bigger location. Forty percent of the items in the store are brand-new, some with tags, and the rest are gently used. The items that don’t sell after a certain time frame are donated to reputable charities.
Excellent customer service is one of the reasons that Eye of the Beholder has had such great success as a local business. The shop offers discounts to military, teachers, college students and consigners.
“I am a huge supporter of small businesses. I think we need to go back to the mom-and-pop stores and support our locals,” Briana says.
Model: Yvette Young-DeCosta
Outfit 1 Dress Full page 1
Item 1: Gucci sunglasses
Item 2: Shelby & Palmer dress
Item 3: Miriam Lefcourt hat
Item 4: Versace gold round pendant
Item 5: J. Renee heels
Outfit 2 – Page 2
Item 1: Juicy Couture gold heart necklace *in model’s hand*
Item 2: St. John red jacket
Item 3: Talbots black pants
Item 4: Call It Spring red heels
Outfit 3 – Page 2
Item 1: Lucien Piccard Leather of Distinction turquoise jacket
Item 2: Vince Camuto platform shoes
Item 3: Lee Jeans (Brown)
Item 4: Sonny Leigh blouse
Item 5: Turquoise ring
Family Photo – Page 3
Top Row: Jason Henry
Briana Printy, owner (middle)
Cole (left), older son
Austin (right), younger son
Front Row: Briana’s parents, David and Patricia Stevenson
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Detail 1: Connaisseur Paris
Detail 2: Briggs Chaney Center 13874 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Maryland, 301.200.5448 | Potomac Mills 2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge, Virginia, 571.492.7399, ConaisseurParis.com
The definition and original French spelling of “connaisseur” is a person with expert knowledge and taste in a specific matter. Julius Ade alongside his business partner and long-time friend, Alain Chaps, are both connaisseurs of fashion and French culture who knew they wanted to create their own fashion line. With determination, passion and knowledge of men’s fashion, Connaisseur Paris was born using their own designs and top Italian luxury fabrics.
Connaisseur Paris is a boutique that offers high-end, luxury men’s fashion at an affordable price. The boutique stands apart from other stores because of the personalized customer experience and top-quality products.
“We believe that a boutique should be a one-on-one experience,” Julius says. “We educate you first about our products then teach you about our cuts, our fabrics and our linings. Expertly trained staff show you how to create an entire outfit. Excellent customer service is to put together an outfit from head to toe so a customer can envision what they are wearing.”
The idea to design and sell high-end men’s fashion was formed back in 2008. Julius and Alain created the brand together.
“Quality men’s fashion was lacking in the United States. Over the years, we [had] thought of bringing quality to the market at an affordable price,” Julius says. “We wanted fashion for the blue-collar worker or the man who wanted fashion yet did not want to pay the high-end prices.”
In 2010, the plans came together, and the business partners began their company out of Julius’ home in Bowie. In September 2013, they opened their first location in Silver Spring, Maryland. Since then, they have opened locations in luxury shopping centers in Potomac Mill, Atlanta and Paris.
“Appearance is important. You look good and feel happy with the way you present yourself to the world. We will help with that,” Julius says.
Full Page 4 Outfit 1:
Item 1: Connaisseur Paris Vitale Barberis gray with burgundy plaid two-piece slim-fit suit
Item 2: Connaisseur Paris red and black polka dot silk tie
Item 3: Lapel flower in red
Item 4: Cuptoe lace dress shoes in black
Item 1: Connaisseur Paris cufflinks in black and silver
Item 1: Connaisseur Paris Vitale Barberis Canonico dark gray with plum plaid two-piece slim-fit suit
Item 2: Connaisseur Paris polka dot silk tie
Item 3: Matching polka dot pocket square
Page 6 Accessories
Item 1: Connaisseur Paris dress shoes in black