Out and About

Welcome to Out & About: The random loves, likes, inspirations and thoughts from the people behind Hatch Collection—an edited collection of pieces to keep us all looking chic and beautiful before, during, and after the baby bump. A place where you can meet other savvy and influential women with ideas to share and things to say, discover great items and pieces you can fill your home with and gift to others, find inspiration that can keep you dreaming and imagining, and get style tips to bring gorgeous to your every day. Read more about us here.


SPRUNG GUIDE/Washington, D.C.

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DC isn’t all pols and power brokers — intellectuals and creatives of every creed and color have also staked their claim on the capitol, making the DMV a city as rich in cultural variety as it is in partisan politics. Our pro’s note: Prepare for its labyrinthine layout ahead of arrival (hint: befriend Google maps), and (in our most chief-of-stately stripes, of course!) seek out these spring-forward stops.

BEST PRESSED / Cold-pressed juice: What was once a novelty item, sought out exclusively by “health-nuts” and concocted to mixed flavor results, has been perfected in Bethesda. Purée Artisan Juice Bar’s signature blends and shakes don’t shock the palate like their early predecessors, and instead, bank on concoctions equal parts health-bent and taste-conscious. 

Where/Purée Artisan Juice Bar, 4903 Elm Street, Bethesda; 301-654-7873.
When/Monday — Saturday, 8am-8pm & Sundays 8am-5pm.
Where/Purée @ MINT Health Club, 1724 California Street, NW; 202-328-6468.
When/Monday — Friday 7am-8pm, Saturdays 9am-7pm & Sundays 9am-5pm.

BEST BOUTIQUE BET / In need of trés chic kitchen accouterment? Look no further than veteran food critic Amanda McClements’s DC storefront. Alongside local provisions like Langdon Wood maple syrup and Agent Marmalade jams, McClements’s stocks the teak salt cellars, whiskey stones and all manner of chic housewares you’ll need to stay ahead of Mother’s Day gifting

Where/Salt & Sundry, 1309 5th Street NE, Union Market; 202-556-1866.
When/Wednesday — Friday 11am-8pm & Saturday — Sunday 8am-8pm.

BEST TIPS / Now that DC’s weather is turning up for good, it’s high time for some toes-TLC. This Sunday, get yours sandals season-ready at this Dupont Circle spa, boasting luxury-bent, organic spa treatments to match its sustainably outfitted interior.

Where/Nusta Spa, 1129 20th Street, Dupont Circle; 202-530-5700.
When/Monday — Friday 10am-8pm, Saturdays 9am-7pm & Sundays 10am-6pm.

BEST TEA TIME / Stay at this boutique hotel in Dupont Circle and take you’ll take tea with a touch of international affairs. Set alongside Wyoming Avenue’s row of international embassies, the space is typical resting-spot for visiting dignitaries and DC’s political grandees. Once you’re finished up at The Phillips (just minutes walking!), be dressed to impress and make your way to the lounge for a cup of earl grey.

Where/The Normandy Hotel, 2118 Wyoming Avenue NW, Kalorama; 202-483-1350.

BEST BOUQUET / At this DC shop, the owner takes great care to ensure that her “floral creations” are customer-focused. Her expert eye integrates your untrained vision into consistently stunning, in-season-only arrangements.

Where/Bouquets & More, 1628 U Street NW, U Street Corridor; 202-300-1348.
When/Tuesday — Friday 12-5pm & Saturday — Sunday 11am-5pm.

BEST SMALL PLATE / During the weekend, Eastern Market is Capitol Hill’s global bizarre — tended to by craftspeople and antiques vendors with well-stocked tables and tents ripe for the skimming. Stroll through starting Monday; however, and you’re met by an expanse of haute edibles, produce and fresh flowers — Miguel’s Magnificent Mini Donuts are a must!

Where/Eastern Market, 225 7th Street SE, Capitol Hill.
When/Tuesday — Friday 7am-7pm, Saturdays 7am-6pm & Sundays 9am-5pm.

SPOTLIGHT/Petite Lucette

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Fresh to market just this March, Petite Lucette charts a new, très Français course for children’s clothes. The company, founded by Parisian-born sisters and mothers, Anaïs de Viel Castel and Clémence de Laubier, takes a definitive stand against the candy-colored, too-cutesie options here in the states. The clothes are understated and elegant in the ways that are synonymous with the style of French countrywomen: chic yet subtle essentials cut down to smaller size.

Below, get to know the founders as they gloss upon their personal style, guiding aesthetic standards and how they keep their creative partnership (and themselves!) happy and healthy.  

Tell us the story of how Petite Lucette started. When and how did you put your idea into action?

Clémence: After Anaïs had her daughters, she realized that there weren’t many options in the US for mothers like us who wanted to find elegant and timeless pieces at an affordable price for their children. So about a year ago, we decided to start our own brand, dedicated to children from six months to eight years old.

Can you describe the spirit/perspective of Petite Lucette?

A & C: Petite Lucette is a refined children’s clothing brand, with a hint of playfulness and a touch of French elegance. Designed by two mothers to charm other mothers and their children alike, each piece is made with great attention to detail, comfort and quality, but also price-point. 

Do you have favorites from the collection? And your kids — which pieces are their absolute favorites?

Anaïs: We love the reversible pieces! With two pieces in one, you can really play with them and explore multiple options to create different looks for your children. As for our kids, they are pretty much excited about everything. They like to try all the clothes on and will certainly give their opinion. Our daughters love Simone, a reversible skirt, as well as Fernande, a dress with large side pockets where they can put all their treasures. Clémence’s four year old son likes the comfort and softness of our poplin shirts.

In the business-life balance: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

A & C: Turn your phone off when you are home with your kids so you can give them your full attention. And keep having fun at work. If you don’t enjoy what you do at work, it is going to negatively impact your personal life. Also, having a supportive husband and knowing how to take time for yourself can help a lot too. 

For moms starting their own businesses: What two things they need to know?

A & C: Choose the right business partner! Starting your own business is extremely demanding, hard and requires a lot of energy and faith. You cannot do it all by yourself. We understand each other, we support one another and more importantly, we have fun together. Split responsibilities, learn how to delegate tasks and choose your priorities — you’ll be stronger for it.
When you’re off-duty, how do you disconnect and relax?

Clémence: We never say no to a glass of French wine! Well, actually Anaïs has been saying no since she’s expecting her third daughter in July!

Now that we’ve covered kids style, on to yours. How has your style changed since you became a mom?

A & C: It’s not because you become a mother that you have to give up style for comfort. But now that we are moms, our outfits need to have three or four different purposes during the day: drop off the kids at school in the morning, meet a client who comes to our showroom to see the collection or meet a new boutique who is interested in selling Petite Lucette, and finally go out at night with our husbands or with our girlfriends. So we need to be more creative in that sense.
Do you have any go-to pieces or staples of your own? What makes something a “staple” for you?

A & C: A good pair of jeans that flatters your silhouette can be very versatile. You can dress them up or down, depending on the occasion. Also, a pair of colorful heels or a piece of chunky jewelry are essential to give a boost to any basic outfit.

What essentials do you always have on-hand?

A & C: Eight Hour Cream from Elizabeth Arden, arnica, Crealine Cleanser from Bioderma and Armani lipstick #401 for every special occasion

What are your favorite HATCH pieces?

A & C: We love The V-Neck Jumpsuit because it is such an easy piece to wear. You can pair it with a denim jacket and flat sandals for a casual look during the day, or with a tuxedo jacket and high heels at night. It will always look chic and put together. We also love the Hatch-to-Hospital Box. There is absolutely everything you need for your stay at the hospital with your new baby. From the cozy nightgown and robe to the soft cashmere socks, all the pieces are a must to feel good and comfortable.

Images Courtesy of Petite Lucette

HATCH IN/Gwen Stefani On People.com & DailyMail.com

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Just when we thought we were ready to level-off our Gwen Stefani worship, she took our fall Jumpsuit for a spring spin — and we’re swooning. The sharp eyes over at People.com & Dailymail.com flagged the mother of three wearing our denim and black one pieces out and about LA, where she topped-off her looks with her recurrent cool-girl embellishments. 

Images via DailyMail.com, Zimbio.com & People.com

HATCH IN/The Trench On Vogue.com

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After news broke that Chelsea Clinton was expecting her first child, Vogue got to straight to work. Prospecting the most stylish pregnancy-friendly pieces for the former first daughter, online editors selected for our ultimate spring 2014 topper, The Trench

Image via Vogue.com

COLLECTIONS OF/5 Spring Things

With warmer days ahead, style yourself spring-forward with these five sun-ready essentials. Kick off your look in our sleeveless The City Dress, our go-anywhere, goes-with-anything mainstay for rising climes. From there, embolden The City’s warm-weather attitude with on-season accessories and smart details: spritz on this citrusy scent, then call on embellishments like a center-dent sun hat, fringed-Kenyan crossbody and walrus ivory cocktail ring— these are the gets that put globe-trotting appeal on practical pieces.

5 SPRING THINGS / 01 HATCH City Dress 02 Reinhard Plank Laila Hat in Perla 03 Monique Péan Olive Grey Walrus Ivory and Diamond Ring 04 Adele Dejak Vanilla Kitenge Tassel Crossbody Bag 05 Santa Maria Novella Cologne 

BEHIND THE JEANS/The Denim Legging

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What would we do without denim?

Our favorite jeans are like good friends that hold memories, embrace our latest identity, and stay with us for years and years. We need them through all of life’s moments, so why not have the perfect pair to go from no bump to big bump and back again?

Though stone-wash and midnight blue have their moments, The Premium Legging has gone indigo this season. Tapered in the same second-skin style, our new blues cut an easy, slender silhouette in denim stretch-cotton and a sculpting hold consistent to our all-time favorite pairs past.

As for impact, we looked back to spring forward. Below, go Behind The Jeans and see The Denim Legging gain its distinct color, contour and off-duty character from a collection of references and aesthetic keystones — New York City at twilight, Picasso’s blue-period and Jane Birkin’s relaxed-cool charisma mingle to make up our new spring slims.

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HATCH In/Martha Stewart Living

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In developing HATCH spring 2014, founder Ariane’s ready-in-20 and always-cool attitude was a constant source of inspiration. Her everyday dressing is like a set of instructions to chic — it’s unforced, easy, and always well-edited.

In this month’s Martha Stewart Living "Tastemaker" feature, her effortless sensibility is unmistakable. Read more about her spring lifestyle selects in the May 2014 edition now!

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VIS-Á-VIS/The Marais Dress

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The HATCH Marais Dress is our new cinched shape to do your spring thing. Meet every occasion and every temperature in its easy silhouette and elegant drape. For rooftop dinners ahead, wear our olive with casual-cool accessories, like high-gloss mules and a shopworn jacket, and wear our black anywhere-and-everywhere version to low-key yet elegant effect.

SWEET PEA / HATCH Marais Dress in Olive 01 Tom Binns Wavy Hoop Gold Plate Earring 02 Rachel Comey Punched Tote 03 Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 04 TOPSHOP Moto Vintage Wash Denim Jacke 05 Alexander Wang Glossed Leather Mules

CLASSIC BLACK / HATCH Marais Dress in Black 01 Raen Luci Frame in Syd and Japanese Gold 02 Katie Rowland Talons in Gold and Silver 03 POP Gourmet Popcorn Fire Corn 04 Bottega Veneta Large Intrecciato Tote 05 Gianvito Rossi Python Toe Flats

SPRUNG GUIDE/Chicago

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The Second City, Chi-Town, Kanye Country, or whatever you care to call it, Chicago’s outlets for adventure are as varied as its inherited epithets. This season, see the city, sidewalk for sidewalk, in HATCH’s so-easy shapes for spring.

BEST PRESSED / Just a stone’s throw from famed beer hall The Publican, chef Krissy Sciarra has a different kind of cold-one underway. Doing without processed add-in’s and fillers, Sciarra’s made-to-order fresh-pressed juices and milks arrive from whole, organic ingredients. Drink-in her garden-given menu and “live foliage” wall in the West Loop this spring.

Where/Harvest Juicery, 1012 West Lake Street (between North Morgan & North Carpenter streets), West Loop; 312-265-0182.
When/Monday — Friday 7am-7 pm & Saturday — Sunday 8am-2 pm.

BEST BOUTIQUE BET / Melissa and Mike Salvatore are the mom- and pop-in-residence at The Heritage General Store. At this much beloved bespoke bike shop/café combo, custom wheels and 2% cortada are equivalent elements in the concept. Stop in to scope out this neighborhood hit, or shuffle down to their espresso-less, kid-sized spinoff, Heritage Littles. 

Where/Heritage General Store, 2959 North Lincoln Avenue (between Wellington & West George streets), Lakeview; 773-245-3005.
When/Daily 7am-7pm.
Where/Heritage Littles2868 North Lincoln Avenue (between Wellington & West George streets), Lakeview; 773-242-9008.
When/Daily 10am-6pm.

BEST TIPS / Pregnancy: in the long-run, it’s a beautiful, life-changing experience, but it isn’t without its short-run stresses on your body, mind and spirit. Before the baby comes, treat immediate ills with this expecting-specific spa package. Soothe sore muscles and restore the spring to your step with a prenatal massage, vitamin c booster facial and a vanilla almond pedicure.

Where/Spa Space, 161 North Canal Street (at West Randoplph Street), The Loop; 312-466-9585.
When/Mondays 10am-8pm, Tuesdays 11am-8pm, Wednesday — Thursday 10am-8pm, Fridays 9am-7pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm & Sundays 11am-5pm.

BEST TEA TIME / As much as this new café’s interior delivers on sleek style, the eats show no shortage of taste and technique. Chicago’s white-collar caffeine seekers may come in droves for season-alternating, specialty teas, but the hungry can indulge on a smattering of small bites and sandwiches, enjoyed best on their titular patio.

Where/Plein Air Café & Eatery, McGiffert House, 5751 South Woodlawn Avenue (between East 57th & East 58th streets), Hyde Park.
When/Monday — Friday 7am-8pm & Saturday — Sunday 8am-6pm.

BEST BOUQUET / From fresh florals to gardening gadgets to terrarium tutorials, a visit to Sprout Home in West Town is green goddess’s eden.

Where/Sprout Home, 745 North Damen Avenue (at West Superior Street), West Town; 312-226-5950.
When/ Monday — Friday 9am-8pm & Saturday — Sunday 9am-7pm.

BEST SPRING SMALL PLATE / The dishes at Abraham Conlon’s and Adrienne Lo’s latest venue are the makings of a truly delicious dinner date. The rogue restauranteurs behind X-Marx have combined Portuguese and Southeast Asian references, plates designed to share (however hard that might be!).      

Where/Fat Rice, 2957 West Diversey Avenue (at North Sacramento Avenue); Logan Square; 773-661-9170.
When/Dinner, Tuesday — Saturday 5:30-10pm & Brunch, Friday — Saturday 11am-2pm & Sunday 11am-3pm.

Images via Harvest Juicery, Heritage General Store, Spa Space, Intelligentsia Coffee, Sprout Home & Fat Rice

HATCH IN/The Sweep Dress In Well Rounded NY

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In step with spring’s brave new mood, our black and white Sweep Dress takes the no-horizontal-stripes style standard and threw it out the window. Fluid and free-form, WellRoundedNY knows our bicolor skimmer flatters your changing curves, bold pattern and all.

Image via Well Rounded NY