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Energie Goods: Apparel for the Active Northern Virginian Lifestyle

In 2016, Amie Dodd founded Énergie Goods with the ideal that people today are living with the mindset of dressing for work, fitness and play.  Her pop up shops, are all around Northern Virginia and provide apparel to people who are looking to go from their day to day tasks to whatever their fitness commitments of the day might be.

Ami Dodd decided to create a brand that provides athleisure clothing and products that are made by small companies and are of the highest quality.  Énergie Goods philosophy is that they are a brand  that unites people and communities through authentic connections and only carries products from small companies of high quality and standards. Companies that understand your needs and how transformative it is to feel great in your own skin. These products were hand selected to support and inspire you.”

Inside Ami’s pop up shop at the Reston Station Metro, a wide range of clothing for women, men, and children are available to support the active lifestyle shared by so many who live, work and play in Northern Virginia.  Currently, Énergie Goods is available online and at six pop up shops around Northern Virginia: Urban Pop at Reston Station, BE, Wishing Tree at One Loudoun, BeFit NOVA, Wheel House Mind Body Spirit, and Play Well Nook.

Ami’s passion for health and fitness as well as her high energy levels inspired her to create a brand that worked well with her active lifestyle as well as support a community and culture that wants to be able to move.  She says, “I love that when I wear Energie products, I am free to go to work, run errands, and then get my workout in whenever I am able to because I am already in athletic clothing.”

The path that lead Ami to Énergie Goods was an unexpected one.  She was attending medical school and teaching yoga when her father passed away due to health related problems.  For Ami, it was an eye opener and she began to examine the direction she wanted her own life to go in.   She became more and more active with teaching yoga and was a customer of the many women owned brands that Énergie Goods now represents.  Her role as a business owner though came naturally to her; both of her parents had owned and operated their own businesses so entrepreneurship is a lifestyle that she was familiar with.   Eventually yoga lead Ami to becoming a fitness clothing expert and for Ami that meant shopping ethically.

Ami continues to add products to the Énergie Goods brand as well as pop up shop locations.  “I love knowing that I am helping support other small business owners by sharing their products with my customers.”

To contact Ami and visit her Énergie Goods pop-up shops, visit https://www.energiegoods.com/faq-contact-ambassador-program

 

 

 

Tastemakers Club: Mark Metzger

MARK METZGER, owner of Highcliffe Clothiers, Middleburg 2005 World Carp Fishing Champion, Team USA.

Mark Metzger started Highcliffe Clothier back in 1995 with a specialty in custom fitting clothing for women and men.  His expertise is understanding the shirt and how it should fit.  “I’ve been making shirts for men since 1983.  I consider myself a shirt expert. I’ve measured thousands of men all across the country.   Tactile feel is very important to me as it is my customers.  Second to the fact that things fit well.”   His goal as a clothier is to provide his clientele with elegance.  “Fashion comes and goes.  There are fashion victims but no victims of elegance.”

The name of the store, Highcliffe, is inspired by Highcliffe Castle on the border of Dorset and Hampshire in England.  When selecting the name of his shop, he wanted a name that called to mind the finest of men’s clothing in England found on Savile Row.  When Mark’s father purchased a clock that was in the foyer of Highcliffe Castle, the name was set for what would become his passion for the next 30 years.

Highcliffe Clothier specializes in custom measured clothing for women and men that is elegant, functional, and comfortable.

Mark’s everyday style

MANTRA: Fashion comes and goes, elegance is always in.  There are no elegance vicitims.  Fashion victims, yes.

staple wardrobe: Being in the country rather than Washington, D.C. or New York City, I now dress more casual, (Chrysalis Chatsworth Field Coat Whipcord).  It’s in sync with how many men dress for work,  (Wiley Brothers belt).  I wear a tie everyday but I do wear jeans from time to time.  My style is all over the place.  But I always try to dress with elegance in mind.

FAVORITE PART OF GETTING DRESSED: I’ve been making shirts for men since 1983.  I consider myself a shirt expert. I’ve measured thousands of men all across the country.  My favorite shirt is an orange graph check pinpoint button down oxford.  Oxford shirts, while less dressy than others, get nicer with age,  (Musto Aiden Long Sleeve Oxford Shirt).  They get nice and soft.  Tactile feel is very important to me as it is to my customers.

TROTS AROUND TOWN IN: I prefer Alden shoes.  It is the premier shoe made of genuine shell cordovan, an equine leather made from the fibrous flat muscle beneath the hide on the rump of the horse.  It’s a world class material for shoes.

To keep reading about Mark Metzger and how he’s influencing style across Northern Virginia, check out the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style and Living.

As told to Jessica Monte

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

Mother’s Day in Northern Virginia

From bespoke flowers to flaunting the latest fashions, this Mother’s Day is your chance to wow mom.

While some of us will shop for mom early this Mother’s Day, those of us who are looking for that special opportunity to make mom smile a day before Mother’s Day will meet the mark.  “I like to purchase gifts that are meaningful and simple,” says personal shopper and Northern Virginia Style Creative Director Sasha Creswick. Creswick relies on intuition when helping her clients select the perfect gifts for their loved ones: “Whether I like something or not, I always know when I have found what I am looking for when I see it.” Here, the style and shopping guru shares some of her favorite shops for Mother’s Day Gifts:

  • Mayflowers

At Mayflowers located in the fast growing metropolis of the Reston Town Center, Creswick appreciates the use of natural colors and couture flowering plants from across the globe.   Mayflowers is fluent in the language of flowers and provides exquisite designs that are handpicked for mom.  11959 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190, 703.709.1200 https://www.mayflowersreston.com

 

  • Lou Lou’s Boutique

With locations around Northern Virginia, Lou Lou’s Boutique provides an assortment of accessories to delight mom.  Sasha recommends that you ask one of the friendly sales associates to help you select the perfect scarf or handbag that suits the personality of the mom(s) in your life.  “Lou Lou’s Boutique is just divine,” she says, pointing to the tables displaying a wide range of tastes and fashions.  https://loulouboutiques.com/

  • Rouge Spa

“A good lotion or perfume does the trick,” Sedgewick says of Rouge Spa, which mixes its stock of lotions and body works right here in Northern Virginia at its Leesburg location. “It’s a great resource for delicious body lotions and scents.”   17 South King Street, Leesburg VA 20175, 703-779-3700 http://www.rougespa.com/bath-body/

  • Tryst Gallery and the Wine Kitchen

The insightful artwork on display at Tryst Gallery beautifully presents the region’s artists and the lifestyle of Northern Virginia.  A short walk away is the Wine Kitchen which offers a seasonal menu with a variety of local and organic ingredients raised by this region’s farmers. 312 East Market St. Suite F, Leesburg VA 20176  http://www.trystgallery.com 7 S King St, Leesburg, VA 20175   http://www.thewinekitchen.com/leesburg/

  • Salamander Resort Facial and Massage

Treat mom to an invigorating spring treatment. Starting with a stimulating exfoliation, mom will enjoy a facial cleanse to hydrate and nourish her skin before a stimulating scalp treatment.  A Bamboo Massage ensures full relaxation with a luxurious blend of essential oils mixing thyme, lemon, grapefruit, ginger and spearmint to cleanse, energize and rejuvenate. When you book the treatment in May and June, receive a 10% discount off of Lab of Flowers retail items.  And mention MOM1 to receive 25% off Mom’s treatment when she books Monday through Thursday in May.  500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg, VA 20117  http://www.salamanderresort.com/

  • Tour of Loudoun County’s Wine Region

Loudoun County is home to Virginia’s wine region.  Make arrangements with Chariots for Hire so that mom and her favorite people can enjoy a day of wine tasting and taking in the gorgeous landscapes of Loudoun County’s farms and wineries.  703-790-LIMO(5466)

http://chariotsforhire.com

 

 

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

Lucketts Design House

The motto at the Design House at the Old Luckett’s Store is “grab your girlfriends, bring the trailer, and make a day of it!”  The Design House at the Old Lucketts Store is a monthly interior design showcase where everything is for sale.  Each month the Design House is redecorated from top to bottom and is created through a multi-artist collaboration.  All items inside these gorgeously designed spaces inspire all who visit and are for sale.

The Design House at Lucketts is a reoccurring event.

The Old Luckett’s Store is located at  42350 Lucketts Road Leesburg, VA 20176 and can be reached by phone at  703-779-0268  or email at luckettstore@gmail.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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