Shopping Around: Fashion

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By association, Sandy Chac and Chanda Mak, friends and co-owners of Capitol Hill boutique JJ, which opened last August, understand sartorial style that goes beyond fashion into the realm of fabric and construction. (Chac worked at her family’s dry cleaning business as a teen; Mak observed as her mother, a tailor, turned out beautiful hand-sewn clothing.)

Their familiarity is reflected in choices of clothing more urbane than you’d expect to find in this hipster neighborhood, such as the man-tailored designs of Henrik Vibskov from Denmark, oversized and casual ($100–$300). Or the ultra-femme dresses from Sretsis of Thailand, ruffled and silky ($300–$500).

There are accessories to match: polished shoes from Eley Kishimoto ($300) and simple sterling silver jewelry from Refine, a small Vancouver, British Columbia, designer. The sophistication of this streamlined shop measures up to any other with a graphic “ruler” adorning one wall, galvanized steel fixtures and a modular, civilized couch for guests.

JJ, 606 E Pine St.; 206.329.1105.