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Tastemakers Club: Gena and Zach Casagrande

GENA & ZACH CASAGRANDE, owners of Northern Virginia Orthodontics in Ashburn and Reston are two of the most generous and stylish people you’ll meet in Northern Virginia.

A Northern Virginia native, Dr. Zach Casagrande attended Sunrise Valley Elementary School and South Lakes High School in Reston. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, magna cum laude, from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV)and later earned a Masters of Science and an orthodontic degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Casagrande received grants from Pfizer for work. He remains part of the MCV community as a professor in the Department of Orthodontics.

Gena is a Parent Liason at a Loudoun County Public School and is passionate about design.   When you walk through the offices of Northern Virginia Orthodontics, you will admire Gena’s interior design work and the modern and welcoming atmosphere she created.

GENA & ZACH’s EVERDAY STYLE

MANTRA: G: Wear what you are feeling, and don’t be afraid to be bold. Z: Comfort, comfort, comfort.​

STAPLE WARDROBE: G: I do often find myself in athletic wear, but when I am “actually” dressing, I definitely like to mix it up and let my clothing reflect my mood. Z: I tend to mix it up…I don’t get too crazy, but not afraid to wear anything I think looks and feels good.

FAVORITE PART OF GETTING DRESSED: G: Carbon 38  for athletic wear…a funky pair of workout tights and a tank.  On other days, I also love a romper and easy sandals. Z: Travis Mathew—both for work and weekend, as well as a local brand In the Buff,  https://inthebuffapparel.com/ Lululemon for comfort and workouts.

SHOES SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDSG: Christian Dior heels, and Hoka Clifton running shoes. Z: Big fan of AirMax  and anything 80’s retro.  And I love color.  On the dressier side I’ll do ZeroGrand from Cole Haan.  It’s actually a Nike sole on a dress shoe…comes in all flavors.  Those are great for seeing patients and being on my feet all day.  For dressier times, Salvatore Ferragamos.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY A FAB HANDBAG:   G: Hamm itt bags.  My friends got me one 10 years ago and the bag still never fails to disappoint. Z: Travis Mathew backpack  everywhere….work, baseball games, beach….it actually doubles as a cooler.  Pretty unreal.

SKIN SOLUTION: G: I love Skinceuticals products because they make my face feel better and I feel like I am doing something good for my skin.  I also just discovered Milk Makeup…their holographic stick is so fun! Z: Keil’s facial fuel (10)….the best.  SPF 15 and has caffeine in it to wake your face up! HAAAA!

To keep reading about Gena and Zach Casagrande and how they’re influencing style and community 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

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

Tastemakers Club: Silas Redd

“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.

SILAS’ everyday style

MANTRA: Everyone deserves to look good.  Sometimes people feel that fashion is not something they deserve or is accessible to them.  Everyone should feel like fashion is within their reach.

STAPLE WARDROBE: I call my style punched up prep.  I like buttoned up oxford with crazy patterns.  I like fun and bright bowties, cool patterns, and stripes.

VINTAGE OR NEW: I buy both vintage and new bow ties.  I really love Brooks Brothers’ ties and they have a good finish and tie really really well.

OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO: Personally, I really like Cole Haan shoes and Johnsten Murphy. They have a storied history with leather and footwear–they know what they’re doing. .. classic but also punched up . . . traditional with punched up laces and leather.

To keep reading about Silas Redd and how he’s bringing style to 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

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