Spike’s in Paris

If you haven’t heard, Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn is opening a steak-and-frites concept on Capital Hill. And now he’s in Paris looking for some inspiration for “Bernaise.” Today, Mendelsohn asked his Twitter followers which Parisian restaurants he should check out. Any suggestions?


Online Launch for Zara Home and Massimo Dutti in U.S.

Starting this October, fast-fashion giant Inditex will launch e-commerce sites for Zara Home and Massimo Dutti in the U.S., according to recent earning reports. The push into North American market and China is being made to counter softer sales in Europe. Inditex is also launching brick-and-mortar stores for the Massimo Dutti brand in Toronto, New-York, and Washington.

D.C. Massimo Dutti to Open in November

According to WWD, Spanish-based retailer Massimo Dutti will open their Georgetown location in November. Zara’s older sibling will setup shop at 1220 Wisconsin Avenue. Parent company Inditex finally admits to the exact location after dodging our questions. We can only hope the customer service is better than Zara’s. We personally witnessed a scene at Zara Montgomery Mall.

Customer: “I would like to buy that cologne, but it is on the top-shelf which I cannot reach. Can someone take it down?

Zara Rep: “Are you gonna buy it or not?”

Customer: “Of course, why else would I be asking!”

Maison Ladurée Up for US Expansion

If you haven’t been swept up in the macaroon craze, you will be soon. French import Ladurée is
opening a second outpost in Manhattan which will be the largest in the world. It was also revealed that Ladurée is looking at other American cities. Chicago, San-Francisco, and Washington, DC are target markets. No surprise. D.C. Internationalist caught up with their PR rep last September and asked when a future shop would open. No specific timeline was given, but “eventually,” said Celine Kaplan.

Gant and Suitsupply Headed for Georgetown

GQ reports that Dutch retailer Suitsupply is gearing to open a brick-and-mortar shop close to the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown. Meanwhile, Gant is opening a 2000 square feet showroom at 3239 M Street next month. Massimo Dutti, Zara’s older sibling, is rumored to take over for the former American Eagle space on Wisconsin Avenue.