Covet’s Autumn Clayton
Photos: Jody McKitrick

Covet’s Autumn Clayton

Autumn Clayton is the impossibly stylish and creative entrepreneur behind Arlington boutique Covet, where she sells the cutest and quirkiest items – from home décor to jewelry. She’s also an avid animal lover who frequently fosters pups through local non-profit Mutts Matter Rescue, most of whom get to hang out with her at the shop to greet customers. On Tap caught up with Clayton to see what she’s up to this spring, both in the shop and around the DMV.
On Tap: What’s new at Covet this spring?
Autumn Clayton: I’ve added quite a few new lines, from hilarious cards and super stylish ombre dog leashes from New England to a beautiful line of hand-thrown pottery from Falls Church. We also have an amazing collection of abstract paintings from artist Anne Marie Coolick that are perfect for updating your décor for the spring and summer.
OT: Any plans to refresh your designer/vendor lineup? 
AC: I aim to have something completely new in at least once a month, so that keeps me on the lookout pretty much all of the time. Covet is comprised of more than 50 vendors from around the country, all working in their small studios trying to carve out a career from their own hands. I like being part of that.
OT: What events do you have in the queue for customers in the coming months?
AC: We are planning a “meet and greet” for a special rescue dog [Violet]. Covet has been donating to her care, and our customers and vendors have generously made donations as well, so we are going to bring her into the shop so she can meet her fans.
OT: Where do you head for brunch on the weekends?
AC: If all the stars are aligned, then I head straight to Le Diplomate. The food is amazing (hello, radish crudité!) and the atmosphere just engulfs you and makes you part of the entire scene. It’s brilliant.
OT: As a huge Nats fan, what are you most looking forward to this season?
AC: I like to watch the chemistry between the players – how it affects their game – and getting swept up into it. Of course, we are all wondering what Harper will do this year. It’s been great watching him mature and live up to his potential.
OT: What are some of your favorite pre-or post-game spots?
AC: Garrison is definitely a favorite for dining and Beuchert’s Saloon hits the spot for great cocktails and people-watching (my other favorite sport).
Covet: 5140 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA; 703-247-9797; www.covetarlington.com

Photos: Jody McKitrick