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Harold’s Barber Shop: Bringing Style to Northern Virginia

Harold is a master barber with, what seems to be, endless hustle and skill.  I’ve observed him numerous times over the years “remembering” to eat lunch at the 2:00 – 3:00 pm time range while having been consistently turning over his chair, every customer pleased with the results.

And no, I don’t mind hanging out in this barber shop to wait for my turn in his chair.  The conversation is ongoing and there are always familiar faces at Harold’s.

Harold’s Barbershop is an authentic urban barbershop, welcoming to all who walk through the door.  The Northern Virginia region is diverse and Harold and his team of Kay, Dominique, and Calvin have fully embraced the diversity in their clientele.  They even joke, “If you have hair on your head, we can cut it.”  Every barber on the team has skill and at one time or another each one has done a bang up job cutting my hair.

Harold Westbrook mans chair one, this is his shop after all, but it’s also so he can personally greet everyone who comes through the door.  He gives walk-in clients a heads up on the order of who’s next and if anyone has a standing appointment with a particular barber that may alter the order.  There are TVs, water, magazines, and candy for the kids.  What you won’t find at Harold’s Barbershop is foul language, bad vibes, mean mugs and hate.  At its core, it’s a barbershop and the real draw is the on point cut, the conversation, and the humor.

Harold’s Barber Shop

22034 Shaw Road

Sterling, Virginia 20164

Text by Chris Little

Photo by Jessica Monte


This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Wear a Real Bow Tie

Wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an
aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.

– Warren St. John

I’ve been wearing bow ties for quite a while. The first time I wore a bow tie was circa 1979 for school pictures. A good friend on the West Coast, having never owned one, asked me for the rundown so he could wear one to officiate his cousin’s wedding in August.

I told him, no matter what, he should man up, buy a real one and learn to tie it. A simple search of the Internet will provide a full spectrum of video tutorials on how to properly affix the tie.

My only two recommendations are that on your first attempt, give yourself plenty of extra “learning time,” and if it’s summer in Northern Virginia, turn down the air conditioning 5 degrees because tying your first bow tie can make you sweat.

Edited by JESSICA MONTE.  Written by CHRIS LITTLE.



This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Shop Nostalgia for Quality and Style

“Everyone owns something that makes them feel good.” Understanding this all too well, Purcellville based vintage merchandiser and owner of Nostalgia Vintage Clothing and Antique Furniture,  Silas Redd has created a must visit shop for apparel and home goods in Northern Virginia. “I want to steer clients to select flattering pieces that remind them of another time,” he says.  The name of the store, Nostalgia, came to him because it is the very feeling he hopes to create when patrons visit his store.  That said, even though the clothing and furniture on display through the store may bring the past to mind, Redd emphasizes that his merchandise is wearable and livable.  “We don’t carry costume-y pieces.”  He emphasizes, “My customers understand quality and they don’t mind wearing a unique piece to stand out.”   In a previous life, Silas styled Richmond socialites while studying Fashion Merchandising at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He later worked in retail doing visual merchandising for West Elm, Brooks Brothers and Macy’s.   A walk through Nostalgia is something like a walk through a museum, with each piece carefully on display with a story to tell.   He does accept vintage consignment.

Mention Northern Virginia Style when you shop Nostalgia and save 10% on your next purchase.


142 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132, 540-751-8252, https://www.shopatnostalgia.com

Beard Life in Northern Virginia

Living in Northern Virginia, there’s a good chance that you know someone who wears a beard.  Chris Little, owner of Duct Doctor an indoor air quality company, has worn a beard since 2008.  Below are a few of his thoughts on wearing a beard in this day and age in Northern Virginia.

As told to Jessica Monte

NVSL: Why did you grow a beard?

CL: Growing up my father always had, and still has, a full beard.  I think it really starts there if I’m being honest with myself.  Somewhere around 2008 –  2009 I just decided I was over shaving.  I was over purchasing razors, shaving cream and over shave bumps in general.  All that together and I’ve had a beard for a while now.  My kids have only seen me a couple times without one.  I shaved it for to raise money for a charity event not too long ago and my son was coming home from his grandparents.  I remember calling his name and telling him to come into the kitchen.  The combination of fear and confusion on his face was pretty priceless when he came around the corner.

NVSL: Is your beard part of your family tradition/background?

CL: Yes, my father has always had a beard.  Prior to that, only one that I can verify, during the civil war.   Going back to our earliest family record in America is Thomas Little who arrived in the Plymouth Colony from Devon, England in 1631.  Unfortunately, he had no beard.  Weak sauce.  He was a lawyer and a constable in Marshfield, Massachusetts and apparently, they didn’t dig on beards.

NVSL: Are you friends with other men who have beards?

CL: Yes, I am.  However, I’m not sure if I’m friends with them because of the beard per se.  I just like to be around good people, beard or no beard.

NVSL: Why do you think beards are trendy right now?

CL: I think life moves in waves like the ocean.  In the 60’s it was initially more of a counter culture move.  A statement NYGoodHealth saying, “I’m dropping out of society, man.”  Then the Vietnam war, a long sustained war effort, ended and I think the 70’s gave way to beards being more accepted and mainstream.  I believe it had a lot to do with the Veterans coming home, getting out of the service and growing beards to be honest.  I know that’s when my father grew his beard and it’s been there ever since.  That coupled with rock goups and Hollywood getting in on the push.  If you do a search for 7os rock stars you might be surprised who you see rocking a beard.

So, given that story line, it could be possible that financial crisis in 2008 set the overall stage for a beards making a comeback.  I think the overall feeling across the country on main street was, “we just collectively got the short end of the stick, man.”  If you then overlay that timeline with the “wind down” of the war on terror, another long sustained war effort, under the Obama administration.  Then again look to Hollywood and you might start to see some parallels that may explain the current trend.

I remember back when I first grew a beard in 2008-2009 it seemed like it was rare to see anyone else with one around Northern Virginia.  I was more of the odd man out and most people were just curious what I did for work.  Then, in 2013 work took me out to Salt Lake City Utah for a couple months.  I remember on one of the first phone conversations I had with my wife stating that, “almost everyone out here has a beard.”  In the last couple of years, I’d say beards and facial hair are pretty common place around the region.  My cousin James grows a very disturbing mustache that screams, “take the candy and get into my creeper van”.

The original article is in the 2017 Summer/Fall Edition of Northern Virginia Style & Living.  To read more, subscribe to NVSL.

Dana’s Tailoring

Most of us have a closet that includes a few pieces of clothing that makes us feel beautiful.  Dana of Dana’s Tailoring wants her customers to own a closet full of items that make them  feel beautiful.

Dana, pronounced “Donna,” owns a tailoring shop in Sterling, Virginia tucked into a hidden shopping center that is right off of exit 8A on the Dulles Toll Road.  The shopping center includes several great shops including Sweet Cakes Bakery, Consign Mine, and Michael Helene Salon.

She was immediately cheerful when I walked into her shop.  I explained that I needed my blazers mended and she had me put on my large blazer so that she could pin it to fit me.  Regarding the blazer missing a button she told me she could replace the button but that I needed to order an entire set so that all buttons on the coat would match.  It was easy enough to do and I actually stepped up my style with that blazer because I selected buttons that I like quite a bit more.

A week later I returned to her shop with Sasha.  We met Dana’s daughter Alexandra who she lives with in Aldie, Virginia.  Both http://www.besttramadolonlinestore.com Dana and Alexandra had shared acquaintances with Sasha in the horse world in western Loudoun.  As it turns out, we learned that Dana also repairs leather including riding and equestrian boots.  I was also thrilled to hear that it is no trouble for Dana to replace a zipper on a garment.  I’d previously believed that once a zipper was ruined, an item of clothing is done for.

Here Dana is sewing a seam onto custom curtains for a client.

Her shop is bright and spacious including a variety of machines used to create and repair different items of clothing and household goods, including leather pieces.

Reams of colorful threads line the walls of Dana’s shop.

Dana checks her work at my final fitting for my coat.

photos and editorial by Jessica Monte

If  you own items that you love but don’t wear because they do not fit you properly, you may simply need to mend the item and have it tailored for your body.  Dana can definitely help you with that, and that means you are one step closer to having a closet full of clothing that makes you feel fabulous.

23520 Overland Dr #136, Sterling, VA 20166 https://www.dana1tailoring.com

The Bespoke Tailor of Georgetown

“Bespoke means  to be spoken for,” explains Baytok of Baytok Tailoring in Georgetown. ” When a man walks out on the street wearing a bespoke suit, everyone stops and looks.  He is spoken for.  He is well dressed.”  His Georgetown studio is furnished with cherry wood and shelves displaying the heaps of silk, wool, linens and blended fabrics that Baytok works with for his masterful tailoring.   As a,bespoke tailor trained in Europe by a Saville Row master, Mr. Baytok understands the importance of fine dressing for today’s successful man.

Known for his  sharp eye for detail, Baytok measures each client multiple times, adjusts his tailoring for posture, shoulder width, then arm and leg length, waist, and then creates by hand every piece that comes out of his bespoke tailoring shop.  He ensures that his clients look their absolute best–his artistry as a clothes maker is like no other in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.    His reputation exceeds the region as businessman traveling into town from Europe seek out his shop and mastery. His designs are inspired by his clients.

He is located at 1804 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-337-4800


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