Surgical masks and rubber gloves are the two most recognizable symbols of the coronavirus pandemic. Here is another: newly boarded up storefronts on fashionable corridors around the country, including several in the District.
The silver letters that spell “Michael Kors” are all that’s visible on the chain’s Georgetown exterior, now sheathed in planks of wood. A block over, a work crew on Sunday loaded a moving truck with the contents of a Brooks Brothers store. The sign over the entrance was gone.
Plywood is the face of 14th Street NW storefronts leased by West Elm, J. Crew, and Sephora, as well as the Michelin star-rated restaurant Bresca. In Adams Morgan, a handful of workers last week installed wood over windows at the 220-room Line hotel, which recently shuttered and laid off 58 workers.
At CityCenter downtown, where apartments rent for as much as $6,400 a month, workers on Friday covered the windows of a Louis Vuitton shop. A few yards away, the Dior store’s shelves and glass cases have been emptied.
“We have closed until further notice,” a note on the door announces.
Around the corner, Loro Piana, a purveyor of Italian couture, has been refaced with wood that matches its red awning. A couple of doors away, a temporary black wall conceals what’s behind the windows of a Carolina Herrera shop.