Take 5 Boutique – For Essential Good Looks

The five essential looks of a woman— Stylish, Chic, Elegant, Modern and Sexy—together inspire Take 5, a clothing boutique of global taste for the cosmopolitan Washington woman. Opened on November 11, 2012, our mission is to blend ancient Asian heritage and culture with European elegance and American comfort for clothing and accessories that stand out. Take 5′s selections and exclusive personal style services will ensure that our customers are very well dressed.

At Take 5, we are the exclusive U.S. home of the unique mix of European designer collections, hand-selected by owner and fashion designer Sakina Iskender. We help women learn about these great designers while gathering with their friends and having fun so they can enjoy a truly red-carpet experience. We carry ready-to-wear and haute-couture.

With a busy schedule, a Take 5 woman needs a place where she can find exceptional clothing for both daytime and evening. With a mixture of Eastern and Western styles, patterns and designs, Take 5 serves not only American but European and Asian audiences traveling to or living in the D.C. area.

Welcome to Take 5 Boutique!

The Services

Evening Star Service (by appointment only)

  • Consulting, Selecting and styling
  • Hair styling
  • Make up application


  • Measurement, alteration and handling
Personal shopping (by appointment only)

  • Buying a new collection
  • Home wardrobe and event wardrobe planning

Haute couture (by appointment only)

  • Design and creating exclusive custom-fitted clothing by owner and designer Sakina
StylenaireTM (Style assessment) (upon request)

  • Hard copy, Web and App based questionnaires



Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sakina awakened to fashion as a young girl sitting by her grandmother’s side, where she would turn the handle of her grandmother’s sewing machine as her grandmother worked. Over time, Sakina’s grandmother taught her the art of dressmaking and opened her eyes to the colorful world of women’s fashion. Beginning as a toy, her grandmother’s sewing machine grew to become a hobby and, eventually, a part of Sakina’s life forever.

For 10 years, Sakina has worked for an international art magazine, and in banks and international consulting, dreaming of opening her own fashion house. Together with her husband, Mahir Iskender, Take 5 Boutique realizes that dream.

Sakina is bringing the unique and fresh approaches of Europe’s high-fashion districts to the nation’s capital. She believes in the importance of presentation and dress and understands its daily significance to the women of Washington, D.C. Sakina knows that style is eternal. Her boutique will be a place to share her passion for fashion and her eye for styling. Take 5 clients will enjoy fresh, fashion forward styles but also personalized stylist consultations and services.

Sakina and Mahir have two beautiful daughters, Zahra and Pisteh. Sakina named her newborn daughter, Pisteh, after her grandmother in hopes that one day her daughter will be as fashionable as her namesake.