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A First Look At the Wing, the Ultra-Chic Women’s Coworking Space and Social Club Coming to Georgetown

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Any Instagrammer worth her salt is familiar with the Wing, the exquisitely designed coworking space and social club that launched in October of 2016 in Manhattan’s Flatiron District to instant cult status. I say “her salt” because this co-working space was developed for (and by) women, which helps explain the Wing’s booming popularity. Drop into its Instagram feed and the chic slideshow of velvet couches, brass lighting fixtures, and darling wallpaper may make you feel like you already know what the space is all about.

But it’s not just the beautiful midcentury modern furniture or Wes Anderson-esque palette that has made the Wing so successful. It’s the concept of promising to be just about anything a gal could need—a co-working space, a homebase, a lounge, a social club, a meeting space, a library, a spot just to drop in and change clothes—that has lured creatives and working women to apply in droves. The Wing even offers blowouts and spritzes of Chanel No. 5 (on the house, of course). Add to that already sweet formula the fact that, at a time when women’s marches and pussy hats have galvanized into a full-blown social movement, the Wing has cultivated a loud-and-proud feminist agenda. By 2018 the waiting list for the Wing had skyrocketed to 8,000, even as a second location opened in SoHo.

And now it’s coming to DC.

Renderings show an airy space with long worktables, cushy nooks, a dramatic skylight, and the brand’s signature color-coordinated built-in bookshelves.

Set to open sometime in March, the 10,000 square foot Georgetown site–the company won’t yet say what its exact address is–will be the Wing’s fourth location, following on the heels of a Brooklyn location. DC is the company’s first stop outside of New York.

Washington makes a lot of sense when you consider that at this moment, there are few other places where the Wing could have as much immediate impact. Influence and community are baked into its business philosophy: When key organizers of the Women’s March struggled to find headquarters in New York, CEO Audrey Gelman stepped in to offer up the Wing. The SoHo opening included a voter registration booth and the New York locations have hosted powwows ranging from a “Fuck Harvey Weinstein” community-building event to a lecture on Women in Journalism and an information session with the New York Civil Liberties Union. Go on the Wing’s website and you can buff up on your knowledge of the history of women’s social clubs and their roots in resistance all the way up to the ’70s, an association subtly reinforced by the Wing’s funky-retro capital “W” branding. Go to the Wing’s bookshelves and you’ll find a literal rainbow of literature by women. The Wing’s in-house magazine is appropriately titled No Man’s Land. The décor may be delicate and pink, but these ladies aren’t messing around.

Seating varies from couches and bistro tables to half booths, comfy chairs, and bleacher seating.

The Wing’s unyielding message makes sense if you consider Gelman’s history. With experiences in public affairs and politics, Gelman, a born-and-raised New Yorker, worked as Deputy Director of Communications to Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and more recently was the Senior Vice President at the strategic communications firm SKDKnickerbocker. She also worked on Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign, during which time she lived downtown in Logan Circle. Her experience during that time period made one thing clear: there was a gap in the market.

“I lived in D.C. twice, and if I’d had The Wing my quality of life would have been totally transformed,” Gelman told Forbes. ”I had a great experience” she tells Washingtonian, “but most of it was spent at my desk working.”

As for the list of members, like other markets, the Wing’s DC location promises to attract a who’s who of prominent female residents. For notable politicians or businesswomen who may not be able to regularly utilize such a public space, there are plenty of opportunities for collaborating on events through the Wing’s programming. In the past year alone, the Wing has racked up appearances from Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and Heidi Heitkamp, activists Ilyse HogueMichelle Jawando, and Alyssa Mastromonaco, and journalists Katy TurAnnie KarniKasie Hunt, and Maggie Haberman.

Pendant lamps hang from an industrial ceiling.

The Georgetown location promises to be only slightly different from the New York locations of the Wing, catering to the community in small ways while maintaining the brand’s signature aesthetic. For one thing, the DC location will be equipped with a wellness room, perhaps nod to the growing popularity of nap spaces and meditation studios. It will also have a section of bleacher seating (visible in the above rendering) to help facilitate panels and talks. Adding new locations of the Wing means added appeal for different levels of membership, so that applicants can choose access to just one location, or pay extra for access to all the Wing’s locations—$2,300 and $2,700 annually, respectively.

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IMPACT Magazine Honors Dynamic Women in Entertainment, Fashion, Beauty & Activism in Washington, DC

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Washington, DC (October 15, 2018)- IMPACT Magazine and Young Living Essential Oils are proud to present their Women of IMPACT Honorary Black Tie Affair Weekend on November 3-4, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. The Women of IMPACT Black Tie Affair is a celebration of women of color who are making an IMPACT in their respective industries.
The Women of IMPACT Honorary Black Tie Affair will kick off with the signature luxury Business & Beauty Lounge Experience for honorees, sponsors, media, and invited guests on November 3rd. The Business & Beauty Lounge Sponsors Young Living Essential Oils and Omoyeni will be showcasing their products through activation at the lounge. November 4th, the honorees, sponsors, media, and invited guests will be privy to a dinner to celebrate the work and dedication of the honorees. “At the dinner, the honorees will receive customized tailored gifts of appreciation from sponsor Omoyeni, a jewelry line made of semi-precious stones“, says the Founder & Editor-In-Chief of IMPACT Magazine and the Women of IMPACT series, Tunisha Brown. The honorees are Chief Supply Chain Officer of Young Living Essential Oils LaurenWalker, The Breakfast Club Host Angela Yee, Founder of the Oscar Grant Foundation Wanda Johnson, Executive Producer BET/VH1 and former Editor-In-Chief of The Source Magazine Kim Osorio, Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker Stacey Muhammad, City Council candidate of Ferguson and mother of Mike Brown Lezley McSpadden, Creator of Full Figured Fashion Week Gwen DeVoe, and Owner of Fashion Spa House Cynthia Gooding.
It is such an honor and privilege to honor such an amazing array of women of color! IMPACT has taken on the task to celebrate women of color who has substance and are moving the culture forward. It is our pleasure and duty to honor these phenomenal women in a vainglorious way!” says Tunisha Brown.
The Women of IMPACT Honorary Black Tie Affair is sponsored by:
Presenting Title Sponsor – Young Living Essential Oils
Gold Sponsors – Omoyeni
Preferred Designer – P Scott Events of Trenton, New Jersey
To attend the Business & Beauty Lounge, please RSVP  here: www.beautyloungedc.eventbrite.com and for more information on IMPACT Magazine and the Women of IMPACT Series, please visit www.theimpactmagazine.com. To request media access to either event, or to request sponsorship opportunities, please email [email protected].
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IMPACT Magazine was formed by Tunisha Brown a dedicated community activist to empower, encourage, and educate its readers through the power of words. IMPACT’s purpose is to shed light on the lives of ordinary people who are accomplishing extraordinary things and making an impact in their communities. Within the past several years, Impact Magazine has honored notable women such as, Karen Civil, Aisha Hinds, Deesha Dyer, Kimberly Blackwell, Ericka Pittman, Kandi Burruss, Miss Diddy, and a plethora of industry professionals.

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The Women of Power Summit | Feb 28th – March 3rd Las Vegas

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Crowned by the annual Legacy Awards presentation and gala, celebrating the achievements of iconic black women, this is simply the world’s greatest executive leadership event for women business leaders of color. If you are determined to maximize your professional potential while achieving your quality-of-life goals, Women of Power was created to inspire and empower you.

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Lynette Voss, Owner of Anacostia’s Vintage & Charm

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Side note: this is literally one of my favorite places to shop. I love everything they have to offer. I’m a true fan and customer! I highly recommend! This write up is from The Anacostia Art Gallery e-newsletter. “Like” them here.

DC native Lynette Loss was raised in Historic Anacostia. She became interested in vintage clothing at a very young age. Despite her passion for art and fashion, she studied Accounting Business Administration and received a B.A. Degree from the University of the District of Columbia.Lynette wore only vintage suits at work, she received so many compliments that she decided to start a wardrobing business and named it “Lynnie’s Fashions!”

While working full-time and operating her own business, Lynette took a part-time Sales Associate position at Nordstrom. She quickly worked her way up to Assistant Manager after becoming a top seller in the Women’s Active, Handbags and Fashion Jewelry Department.Lynette managed several clothing stores, owned and operated kiosks in local malls.

She hosted several fashion shows, displaying all of her fabulous finds. Finally she decided to open a boutique of her very own. That’s when Vintage & Charmed was born!Lynette takes great pleasure searching and finding all of the one-of-a-kind fashions that reside in her boutique.

Vintage & Charmed is located in the Anacostia Arts Center. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

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