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Ricki Peltzman, owner and buyer of Upstairs on 7th, began her fashion career as the buyer for the contemporary design department of The Higbee Company, a major department store in her native hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Ricki later went to work for Weiss, an upscale clothing and fur company, as the European designer buyer. It was on her first trip to Europe for Weiss that the iconic president of Henri Bendel, Geraldine Stutz, took Ricki under her wing. In 1998, Ricki founded the Cleveland chapter of the non-profit Dress for Success that is still in operation.
In 2003 Ricki relocated to the DC area and could not find anywhere to shop for the style of clothing she was accustomed to. It was then that she decided to start her own shop, resulting in the creation of Upstairs on 7th, a women’s apparel and accessories boutique. Originally located inside the Touchstone Art Gallery on 7th street, U7 relocated when the 7th street building began renovations. Despite the move, Ricki did not feel it was necessary to change the name of the well known Upstairs on 7th, which now operates inside the lobby of the Warner Building.
Ricki has a simple philosophy when it comes to buying for the shop. She always asks herself two questions: would I wear it and would I buy it at the retail price? To that end, the merchandise is an interesting mix of upscale fashionable clothing and accessories that will take customers from work to dinner, and won’t go out of style.
“I don’t want to be the most exclusive store in DC, I just want to be the best.”
Katy has always been intensely interested in understanding and shaping the future of retail, a passion she no doubt inherited from Ricki, as the fifth-generation of retailers in her family. She has more than twenty years of experience in instructional design, retail expansion, staff development and the management of luxury boutique chains in the beauty, apparel, food and home industries. She has held executive positions at Oilily, Vosges Haut Chocolat and Flor.
She is also the owner of The Curated Group, acting as a consultant for emerging brands and luxury retailers and is a frequent participant in related forums, including TED, the Insight Labs, UX4Good and The New Architect. She has been an invited speaker at the Kellogg School of Management and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business on the topic of retail.
Katy is thrilled to have the opportunity to come to DC and work alongside her mother at the iconic Upstairs on 7th.
We are located in the lobby of the Warner Building
1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 132R
Washington, DC 20004
Kindly use our lobby entrance which is located on the corner of 12th and E.
Monday – Friday 11-6
Saturday – 12-5
Closed on Sunday (unless you absolutely HAVE to shop)
Phone: 301-351-8308 Fax: 202-347-3344
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