Slide Into Spring
It’s not often that the must-have shoe of the moment is also the most comfortable, but fashion is being a little more forgiving this season. With a low heel, open back and closed toe, these six mule styles will have you looking chic this spring, and the versatile fabrics and shades will carry you into seasons long after.
Metallic bow slide, $128 at Ann Taylor (Westfield Montgomery mall, Bethesda; 301-365-0771, anntaylor.com)
“Maddie” slide, $238 at Kate Spade (4803 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-2630, katespade.com)
“Trace” studded mule, $89.95 at Steve Madden (Westfield Montgomery mall, Bethesda; 301-767-0364, stevemadden.com)
“The Walker” suede mule, $138 at Madewell (Westfield Montgomery mall, Bethesda; 301-469-0104, madewell.com)
Sam Edelman “Rumi” silk doupioni flat mule, $100 at Neiman Marcus (Mazza Gallerie, Washington, D.C.; 202-966-9700, neimanmarcus.com)
Fringe slide, $138 at J.Crew (Westfield Montgomery mall, Bethesda; 301-365-2000, jcrew.com)
Done and Done
A luxury concierge service based in Silver Spring helps busy professionals check items off their to-do lists
As the owner of personal concierge service Platinum Lifestyle Management (platinumlm.com), Silver Spring’s Jim Spiro has coordinated at-the-office car washes, emergency late-night visits from the electrician, and even the shipment of a British telephone booth to a Northwest D.C. backyard. By checking chores off clients’ to-do lists, he and two part-time employees aim to give area professionals one thing their high salaries can’t: more hours to enjoy the things they work so hard for.
For a monthly fee—$500 gets you five tasks, while $1,000 is for unlimited services—PLM takes care of the tasks that consume those “off” hours: acting as an on-call errand runner, providing a ride to the airport and more. For one client, former NBA player Tony Massenburg, Spiro arranged for the delivery of custom weekly meals cooked by the executive chef of B. Smith’s, a now-shuttered D.C. restaurant.
Spiro, 56, can take care of annoying house problems quickly, thanks to a carefully cultivated list of service providers, including plumbers and handymen. “I have guys at the top of their industries that I’ve worked with for years,” Spiro says. These service providers often throw in discounts, which PLM passes on to its clients.
Another PLM membership perk? Access. Spiro has flexed his network to score tee times at Bethesda’s Congressional Country Club, reservations at impossible-to-get-into Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry on a week’s notice, and suites in Atlantic City when the town was so booked up that even the Mastercard Black Card concierge couldn’t find a room. “We do anything for clients—as long as it’s legal,” he says.
Spiro was a basketball team manager at the University of Maryland while he was a student there, and he credits that experience as the foundation for his business. “As a manager, you’re kind of on call all the time,” he says. “When things need to be done, you get called to get stuff done.”
After college Spiro worked in litigation support, then launched PLM with former Terp point guard Greg Nared in 2005. Six months in, Spiro bought out his friend and began auctioning PLM’s services at D.C. charity events to get the word out.
Spiro is proud of the business he’s built—NFL players Torrey Smith, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Pierre Garçon are former PLM clients—but says that catering to the whims of high-profile athletes and big-business honchos isn’t for everyone. “You’ve got to be like a duck on water,” he says. “On the surface you look calm, but underneath you’re furiously paddling.”