changing paradigms and shit.
This Life: Desirée Venn Frederic went from jail cell to style-setter, Washington Post

This Life: Desirée Venn Frederic went from jail cell to style-setter, Washington Post

'the woman is god' an exclusive interview with university of maryland's miranda jackson for  m magazine

'the woman is god' an exclusive interview with university of maryland's miranda jackson for  m magazine

in your opinion, who are the best-dressed washingtonians?
’repeating myself again: desiree venn frederic!! she’s truly a visionary, and has so much poise and grace.’
— sarah zlotnick, style editor – washingtonian
“desiree is a careful antiquarian, whose store indeed reflects her nomadic spirit, carrying goods from all corners of the world. through this purposefully curated space inhabited by vintage goods is also a place that documents history. here, black memorabilia and artifacts from africa, asia and south america reconnect us not only to american history but world history. nomad yard is far more than a place to shop but a microcosm of essentially the universe and is situated in a part of dc that seems both forgotten yet newly “discovered” thanks to the irony that is gentrification. the spirit of ancestors are there yet so is that heavily sought after vintage chanel coat.”
— antoinette brock, the name project
nomad yard is a vintage store intended to explore world culture. to tell the story of human history and to reflect people who have been extremely integral in the provenance of art, of design, aesthetic, culture, pop, and all the subcultures therein. to pay homage to them, and to also have a conversation about sustainability. being mindful that we are not just creating things and disposing of them, because we can’t afford to do that for so many reasons. but moreover, when we do that we are disposing of our stories, and of our history.
— my designer dreams
insisting that nomad yard is more than just a shop, venn frederic sees vintage as a means to connect the community to art and use antiques as a means to teach history. “my merchandise creates an environment. the space feels like it could be a part of your home, and it feels familiar,”
— holley simmons, washington post

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