Little Shops of Treasures

A Washington, DC duo has brought a vintage flair to town. 

Washington, DC’s striking attractions are its museums. While Treasury is most certainly not a museum—you can touch!—the quality and unusual nature of the clothing and accessories are exhibit-like. Hello, Christian Dior velvet turban hat, circa 1960s. You could emerge from the 14th Street shop looking like Elizabeth Taylor in her movie-star days.


Owners Cathy Chung and Katerina Herodotou are the well-traveled curators who opened Treasury after a successful run as a pop-up shop. Chung and Herodotou cherry-pick fashion pieces from estate sales, returning with curios and clothing that span the 1870s to the 1970s and even more recent. The two also created Lithics. “We repurpose found antiques and vintage objects into new jewelry,” explains Herodotou.

Nearby Meeps is their other boutique, carrying more casual, contemporary fashion than Treasury. And by contemporary, we mean… 20 to 50 years ago. Par exemple: Treasury is the place for an Edwardian nighty; Meeps, the ’60s flower-child bell-bottoms.

Photo: Marshall Johnson

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