Will Sharp, the D.C.-based designer who co-founded streetwear boutique/Southeast Asian cafe Maketto with chef Erik Bruner-Yang, will soon open another spot that sells hot beverages alongside beanies.
Washington City Paper reports that Sharp is leading a team that expects to have a shop called Somewhere up and running in Navy Yard by the end of May. Somewhere will have a clothing store in the back and a coffee shop at the front.
Hyattsville-based Vigilante Coffee Company will reportedly supply beans for the project. When Maketto opened in 2015, Vigilante had a coffee shop inside the multi-part complex. But Vigilante hasn’t worked with Maketto since 2017, and the H Street staple now serves java from Northeast D.C. roastery Small Planes.
Sharp founded the DURKL brand in 2005 and uses Maketto as a retail hub. Dominick Adams, the lead fashion buyer at Maketto, is also a partner at Somewhere.
Although clothing will be the focus at Somewhere, Sharp tells WCP that coffee provides a second revenue stream that will help it retain its edge on the fashion side.