We had the pleasure of showing some writers around the fashionable side of Richmond last weekend. Here is the itinerary we took them on for a fashionable tour of Richmond!
Stop 1 - The Valentine - Classical Allure: Richmond Style
It's always good to start at the beginning when you're starting something. The Valentine's spectacular exhibit walks you through over 200 years of Richmond fashion, starting in 1790. This exhibit also happens to be the inaugural show in the new Nathalie L. Klaus and Reynolds Family Galleries. It explores themes personified by Libertas, Ceres, Virtus, and Aeternitas, the four Roman goddesses that adorn the Virginia state seal, in an examination of the classical forms that endure in Richmond fashion.
Stop 2 - Shockoe Bottom entrepreneurial style - Ledbury & Shockoe Atelier
Ledbury and Shockoe Atelier offer a one-two punch of serious ambition and high style in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood.
Ledbury is a web sensation, selling shirts produced to the highest quality at a price point that won't break the bank.
Shockoe started making jeans and has developed into a fashion powerhouse with their first full collection of fine, Italian-made garments coming in the fall.
Stop 3 - Addison Street Shopping - Na Nin Studio & Addison Handmade and Vintage & Yesterday's Hero's Vintage
Addison street manages to pack something for everyone into three shops in the middle of the block.
Kate Jennings started Na Nin as a vintage clothing line in 2009. Since then, she's ventured into making fragrances and collaborating with other designers as well as offering selected designs from makers all over.
Addison Handmade sells vintage for women and men. This tightly curated selection of vintage goods is priced perfectly and sure to satisfy the most discerning shopper. Local candles and other goods are also rotated through the shop.
Yesterday's Heroes carries even more vintage that is also selected and priced with great skill and care. Yesterday's Heroes also sells denim from legends Left Field out of New York and a selection of Taylor Stitch, a brand out of San Francisco that makes their goods in the USA.
Stop 4 - Need Supply
Need Supply is the grandaddy of Richmond's fashion scene (it should be noted that, in this case, the grandaddy is super hip and sells brands like Our Legacy, Engineered Garments, and Kitsune.) Need Supply is known the world over, distributes in the US for international brands and has one of the best e-commerce presences in fashion.
By now you're probably exhausted (we were.) So get some grub and spend the rest of your afternoon puttering around and people watching. There are so many fashionable spots in Richmond that we didn't have enough time to hit them all. We didn't have time for Blue Bones Vintage, a vintage shop in a record store, or Rosewood Clothing Co. or Era Vintage for fashionable home goods.