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The Original David

Curated retail experience where culture and community meet.

Wed - Sat

10

AM

5

PM

Sun

11

AM

5

PM

Owner Rakiyt “Raki” Zakari is a Norfolk native who moved to the Washington D.C. area as a teenager. She credits her upbringing in Hampton Roads, her Nigerian roots and exposure to the vibrancy of DC as inspiration for The Original David. The shop is a multicultural brand that incorporates her love of nostalgia, adventure, travel, and culture into apparel, accessories, and other gifts.

Raki holds a BA in Fashion Merchandising and has studied Experimental Design in London at Central Saint Martins. With over 13 years of experience in the fashion industry, Rakiyt has collaborated on projects with Nike, National Geographic, Amnesty International, and the U.S. Department of State. Her goal for The Original David is to “create an immersive experience that will leave a lasting impression akin to stamps on a passport.”