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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

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