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New Tenant For Betsy Johnson's Old Store; Fashion Fights Poverty; Georgetown Stores Abound

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GEORGETOWN—For those who enjoy the intersection of fashion and philanthropy, mark Friday, July 13 on your calendars. Fashion Fights Poverty, "one the largest non-profit ethical and eco fashion organizations in the United States, and the original eco fashion charity in Washington, DC", will be hosting an event at Puro Cafe complete with a gift basket raffle and a 2-hour open bar. The non-profit's site has the tickets. [Official Site]

DC—Fashion guru and InStyle founding editor Hal Rubenstein plays word association games with DC notables. In town for a "a soiree and book signing at the Dupont Circle showroom of custom clothier Alton Lane", Rubenstein has some opinions on the city's hot topics: Michelle O is "adventurous", Newt Gingrich is "ill-suited, in so many ways", and Mitt's hair resembles the "president of a college debate team". [Washingtonian]

GEORGETOWN—John Fluevog is bringing his witty whimsy to fashionable Wisconsin Ave with his new shoe store. Founded in the "biblical age of 1970", Fluevog crafts gorgeous men's and women's shoes for those with taste and an eye for aesthetics. Located mostly in Canada and other big US cities, this will be the first Fluevog store in Washington. [PoP; Official Site]

GEORGETOWN—Massimo Dutti, the high-end luxury goods store, is taking over a space formerly occupied by American Eagle on Wisconsin Ave. There's still no firm date, but it's certainly a step up from basic polos and jeans. [Georgetowner]

GEORGETOWN—Another player is moving to nearby M St, but this guy has been making his mark in the city already. Scotch & Soda Amsterdam Couture already provides its wares in Logan Circle's Universal Gear and Saks Fifth Avenue in Friendship Heights. Now it'll be taking over Betsy Johnson's old store. [Georgetowner]