She/He Loves DC is a series highlighting the people who love this city just as much as we do.
Kristine Thomas is a goal-oriented woman. Her goal is to live as eco-friendly of a life as possible all while encouraging others in her own community to do the same. And now — as a happily married mother of one living in hometown of Washington, DC — she’s doing exactly that.
Thomas was born and raised in the District before moving to New York City where she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. While there, Thomas gained the skills necessary to survive in the world of fashion by working jobs in public relations and event planning. The next chapter of her life moved her west to San Francisco where she embraced a green lifestyle while continuing her career in marketing and advertising.
Currently, Thomas is back in DC and has been quite active in the community since her return. In November 2011, she found inspiration in motherhood and started Dewdrop — a fashion events and fashion-forward clothing swap company. Thomas started Dewdrop in honor of her love for fashion and style but also because she’s a mom now. “I have to be creative with how I shop. Hence, the company was born,” she said.
“Not only is swapping smart shopping but is also a good way to preserve the environment for future generations.”
What is it about DC that makes it home to you?
I grew up here so it’s home in a sense that I could still go to my parents’ house for dinner and that I still have friends from my childhood years I hang out with. I love how DC has changed so much. What makes it home to me now is that it has more of a stylish, urban vibe to it. Having lived in New York and San Francisco, I’m glad to see boutiques and restaurants pop up like I would see in those cities.
Describe your perfect day in DC. Where would you go and what would you do?
It depends. I have a four-year-old so if I’m with my family, I always get a kick out of going to places like the National Zoo and the Smithsonian, places I used to go to as a child. For grown-up time, I like checking out new restaurants with my husband and/or my friends. I also like going to neighborhoods with lots of shopping as well as to events where I can see the work of independent emerging designers and artists in DC.
What’s your favorite hidden gem of a location in DC? How did you find it and why do you love it?
As an organizer of clothing swap events, I’m a big proponent of recycled clothing. With that, I love thrift shopping. One of my favorite thrift shops is Martha’s Outfitters on 14th Street NW by the U Street corridor. I almost never leave empty-handed. I’ve found various kinds of clothing — from a handmade vintage dress to clothing by designers such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang.
Who’s your favorite DC personality and why?
I don’t have one favorite DC personality, but I do love the bloggers of CapFABB. They give the city style with their unique fashion sense. They are demystifying the notion that DC is all about suits and ties.
What’s your favorite museum in DC and why?
I like all the art museums — I go to ones that have intriguing exhibits. I enjoyed the Pump Me Up exhibit The Corcoran had showcasing the DC graffiti and music scene in the 80s. Now if we had a fashion museum, that would be my favorite, hands down!