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This is a time of celebration with Duchessa and Richard Allen Clothing. We want to share our thoughts and gratitude for our most remarkable life experience and success in fashion and fundraising here in historic Middleburg. At Duchessa we are marking our fourth anniversary. The past four years have been exciting and rewarding as we have grown in many ways. In 2010, our shop expanded an additional 1600 square feet, adding a second showroom, our in-house alteration center and this year’s addition of the Richard Allen Clothing Collection. The generous support of our community has provided us the opportunity to surpass our sales projections, annual charitable contributions and increase our fashion collections along the way. We couldn’t have done it without you! We are deeply grateful to our friends for their continued support of Duchessa and their constant dedication to our fundraising efforts. Of course, it takes a village to build a success story! For their remarkable helping hands, special thanks to; The Dobson Family, Genie Ford, Mimi Stein, Punkin Lee, Cindy Pearson, Mary Jo Jackson, Trow and Margaret Littleton, Sally Fletcher, Bundles Murdock and Joanne Cole. With all these kind supporters we continue to grow—this October, Richard Allen Clothing opened a complete apparel showroom and is located in the rear of our 100 E Washington Street location. For the gentleman in your life—Richard Allen Clothing provides men’s sportswear and custom, made-to-measure suits and sport coats in an array of styles and fine fabrics. Like Duchessa, Made in America is a constant goal and Richard Allen’s custom garments are made in America by Southwick of Boston. At Richard Allen you will experience the same excellence in customer service as already provided by Duchessa, in our comfortable and elegant atmosphere. Judy, Judy, Judy…Yes, we miss Judy Pineo! For those who don’t know, Judy retired in May. She and Bobby are living happily in Panama. Stop by to meet our new ladies—Trish, Stacie, Sharda and Diane. Now, we are looking forward to another busy holiday season in Middleburg. During the holidays our storybook main street comes alive with our storefronts decorated in charming holiday trims. Each year, Rick and I love to spend a day adorning Duchessa with the local farm grown greens and fill our windows with the season’s best holiday apparel. There is no other place like Middleburg during the holidays! We are proud to be a partner in the celebration of the “Christmas in Middleburg” parade on the first Saturday in December, every year. Christmas in Middleburg is an amazing event for people of all ages. Witness an extraordinary collaboration of our amazing community members joining hands and marking your shopping season with the Christmas in Middleburg “joy filled” parade. Our merchants and restaurants celebrate with special promotions and include all day fun holiday festivities. Throughout December Duchessa celebrates the “Charity of your Choice.” All month long three percent of your purchase goes to your favorite charity. We hope you enjoy our second issue of The Gate, as it is so much fun introducing our Middleburg friends and businesses along with our fashions and our stories about past and present fashion icons. Our models are dear friends and so “gracious” to line our pages with their beautiful presentation of our apparel. Hugs to: Stacie Riccio, George Van Tassel, Mark Stavish, Gardner Britt and Lucy Edwards. Our heartfelt thanks to Genie Ford and Joyce Woods for their expertise, creativity and kindest devotion to The Gate. Without these two amazing women, we’d be sending our messages scribbled on Post-Its! Thank you ladies for all your support! Until we meet again, our best wishes to all, for a joyous holiday season. We thank you for your friendships and for being our most delightful gifts in our blessed lives. From the hearts of, Robin & Rick
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FEATURES Christmas In Middleburg: December 1 Enjoy the excitement and beauty of the Christmas holidays in Middleburg
Marnie in Middleburg Parts of the film Marnie were shot in and around Middleburg. We love the film also because the attention to detail in the costumes carry the signature.
History of the Tuxedo Today we are returning to formal elegance and both bow ties and fore-in-hand ties are acceptable.
There are people, past and present, whose easy elegance and grace make them icons of style in any generation.
Old Friend Clothes are the ones you grab from your closet when you come home from a long hard day of work or just a long day.
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A well made, and well cared for shoe will outlast its owner.
PUBLISHERS Robin Cavanagh and Rick Bechtold
Off The Cuff
Leven Powell and Us Leven Powell founded Middleburg more than two centuries ago, and many of the buildings he constructed or inhabited remain today.
Icons of Style
MANAGING EDITOR Genie Ford
ART DIRECTOR Joyce Woods
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR William Hanson
R ICHARD A LLEN C LOTHING • 100 E. WASHINGTON S TREET, M IDDLEBURG, V IRGINIA • 540-687-8898 www.duchessaofmiddleburg.com • www.richardallenclothing.com
Christmas in Middleburg: December 1
here is no better place to enjoy the excitement and beauty of the Christmas holidays than Middleburg. On December 1, in keeping with our tradition, we will have the Christmas Parade, a spectacular and nostalgic assortment of floats, marching bands, antique vehicles, lots of animals and—of course— horses. The parade kicks off in the morning with the Hunt Parade, when 100 riders, horses and hounds, followed by the main parade, which is an expression of Americana rarely seen today. Throughout the day there are hayrides, choir performances, the Garden Club’s Flower and Greens show and a craft show at the Community Center. Restaurants, shops and other retail outlets put on their very best for this day. We all look forward to it. Here’s the schedule: 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa and a silent auction at Middleburg Elementary 11 a.m. – The Middleburg Hunt 2 p.m. – Middleburg Christmas Parade 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Progressive Wine Tasting.
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There will be ample parking just outside town at Mickey Gordon Park, with shuttles to bring visitors into the main part of town. This is new this year and ensures that visitors will have easier access to and from town and be able to exit parking lots more quickly. It will also reduce the traffic back up that has occurred on Route 50 in the past. Make plans now to join us in Middleburg and become part of this wonderful tradition.
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION KICKS OFF WITH TREE LIGHTING On November 30, the Middleburg Business and Professional Association will once again host the official Christmas Tree Lighting on the grounds of The Pink Box Visitors’ Center. Refreshments will be provided by The Home Farm Store. Kick off our Middleburg Christmas weekend by joining us for the tree lighting. It’s always a delightful and lovely time.
Marnie in Middleburg “What we love of course, are the clothes that Sean Connery and Tippi Hedron wear. Hitchcock was famous for his attention to detail, and the costumes on each film were no exception.”
was only fitting that when Alfred Hitchcock began filming Marnie with Sean Connery and Tippi Hedron, Middleburg and environs were used for some of the hunting scenes. The Red Fox Inn features prominently in a scene or two, where Marnie is seen arriving and leaving from our landmark inn. One of the principal writers on the film, Jay Presson Allen, had lived in the country with her husband, Lewis M. Allen, who was born in Berryville. Of the scenes filmed in and around Middleburg, she has said: “I found the location for that. It’s down there where my husband came from, down around Middleburg, Virginia, and (I) found all the locations for that. And it was fun. I think everybody had a good time with that.” Another odd link between Middleburg and Marnie is that the day the film was to begin shooting was November 25, 1963, but President Kennedy, who had a home in Middleburg, was assassinated November 22, so filming was postponed.
Jay Presson Allen and many others who worked on Marnie were interviewed as part of a documentary entitled The Trouble with Marnie. It deals, in part, with both the challenges of making the movie and the craft with which Alfred Hitchcock approached filmmaking. Today, there is even an Alfred Hitchcock Wiki page! What we love of course, are the clothes that Sean Connery and Tippi Hedron wear. Hitchcock was famous for his attention to detail, and the costumes on each film were no exception. That care invariably results in stylish films. While Marnie was not a huge commercial success, many film aficionados today believe it is a very good example of the unique talents of Alfred Hitchcock. Leonard Maltin has said it was ahead of its time, and another film historian describes it as Hitchcock’s last masterpiece. You can rent the film easily from many different sources. Watch it so see if you can identify any local landmarks, but watch it also for its suspense value and for the way in which the character of Marnie herself is developed. It is old style moviemaking by a master of the craft. THE GATE/2012/ISSUE 2
History of the Tuxedo
* PROMOTION * During the month of November Richard Allen Clothing is offering a 15% discount for the purchase of a Made-to-Measure or an Off-The-Rack Tuxedo. You will also receive with your purchase either a bow tie or fore-in-hand black tie at no charge.
“Today we are returning to formal elegance and both bow ties and fore-in-hand ties are acceptable.”
Once upon a time people didn’t bother to dress for dinner—they were too busy hunting for it and weddings tended to be a rather informal affair. By the end of the 1700’s, formal dress was primarily for the rich and noble— fancy, colorful and fussy. In fact, just about everything in those days seemed to be a little bit fussy. In the early 19th century, along came an Englishman who changed the face of male fashion: Mr. Beau Brummel. He introduced the world to classic English tailoring, and for 15 years fashion hung on his every word. When Beau said “I think I will wear a cravat”…everyone wore cravats. In 1886 another dandy came along. Mr. Griswalled Laurellaud shook the fashion world when he clipped the tails off the Shallow Tails Coat and transformed it into the Tuxedo. It was made of worsted wool and had no pockets. The occasion was the Autumn Ball and the place was Tuxedo Park in New York. The Tuxedo was an overnight sensation.
In 1903 Mr. Samuel Rudolphker, father of Marliss and Max, opened his gentleman’s tailoring factory in Philadelphia, but even he didn’t know that he would revolutionize men’s formal wear. In 1930, Marliss and Max Rudolphker introduced the first mass market, ready-to-wear Tuxedo, priced at $16. In 1950, After Six changed the face of formal wear with a comfortable lightweight fabric called Tony Martin and the Tuxedo was IN. Then, in 1964, After Six introduced the first wash-and-wear, white dinner jacket and the rental market for formal attire was born. Now everyone could afford to step out in formal style. Today we are returning to formal elegance and both bow ties and fore-inhand ties are acceptable. OK, now that you have read this …don’t you think it’s time to replace that 19th century relic in your closet and catch up to the American “Dress Up For the Occasion” movement?
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LEVEN POWELL AND US
even Powell founded Middleburg more than two centuries ago, and many of the buildings he constructed or inhabited remain today. Our house is one of those.
We are tucked in behind the Town Office, with lovely views across the Salamander Resort property. The house we live in may have been the slave quarters near his home, “The Shades.” That house was burned during the Revolutionary War.
It’s an honor to live in a house built by Middleburg’s founder and a man who played an important role in the founding of our nation as well. Leven was one of the first to protest against the tyrannies of the English king and he helped write the “Loudoun Resolutions” in 1774, a forerunner to the Declaration of Independence. He received a commission in the new American army from General George Washington and he led a militia of “Minute men” against Lord Dunmore, the last Royal Governor of Virginia. He served with Washington at Valley Forge and that experience damaged his health permanently. Their friendship would endure, and according to Virginia Genealogies, Washington rode 10 miles to the Loudoun Court House to support Leven Powell to represent the Loudoun District in Congress. Our house has stood the ravages of time well. These walls have seen battles from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and the sense of history here is strong, yet we feel comfortable and at home here, welcomed by this house and the town that grew up around it.
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Icons of Style
There are people, past and present, whose easy elegance and grace make them icons of style in any generation. Here are our favorites:
The Ladies: Audrey Hepburn—As lovely on the inside as she was on the outside. Sophia Loren—A remarkable com-
bination of exotic, lush beauty and elegant strength.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis—She set
the standard for a generation that remains a hallmark of American style.
Grace Kelly—readers of The Gate
already know how much we admire her stylish yet smoldering classicism.
Lauren Bacall—a statuesque New
Yorker who says her famous “look” was just shyness, but she also got the guy.
The Duchess of Cambridge—
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The Gentlemen: Cary Grant—charm, grace and a dash of mischief. Humphrey Bogart—mysterious, dangerous but vulnerable, too. Paul Newman—classic good looks and oh, those baby blues. The Duke of Windsor—Timeless British sophistication, with a hint
Steve McQueen—a bad boy who nevertheless wears clothes with
Arnold Palmer—Working class but classy, taught us how to dress for
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THE GATE SAYS BEVERLY EQUESTRIAN
The host of this year’s Windy Hill Fashion Show was Beverly Equestrian, 3515 Zulla Road in The Plains. Bill Ballhaus and Darrin Mollett have created a beautiful training and boarding facility that they are opening up to supporters of Windy Hill for the annual fashion show and fundraiser. Beverly Equestrian is the culmination of years of sport horse training and competing by the owners. They arrived in our community in 2004, and they immediately saw a need for a facility like the one they have now created. Not only have they developed a dream equestrian facility, but they are committed to preserving open land. Their property has been placed in conservation easement, but they haven’t stopped there. There is a program of storm water management and long-term landscape management on the farm as well. This ensures that the farm will not only be a great place to learn and ride, but it will retain its breathtaking natural beauty as well. For more info: www. beverlyequestrian.com
NEW BOOK ON MIDDLEBURG Our editor, Genie Ford, and her daughter Kate Brenner have written a new book on Middleburg, published by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of America series. The book uses vintage photographs, paintings and other images to trace Middleburg’s history from its founding in the mid-1700s to today, including the important role the village played during the Civil War and the growth of the area as the heart of Virginia’s hunt country. There are also photographs of the John and Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and other famous figures who called the village home at various times. Middleburg is a look at a unique and historic village in all its beauty and charm.
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OFF THE CUFF “Old Friend Clothes are the ones you grab from your closet when you come home from a long hard day of work, or just a long day.”
BY RICK BECHTOLD
Back in the good old days when I used to travel throughout seven states selling all kinds of men’s apparel, we dubbed the phrase “Old Friend Clothing.” I was selling a sportswear line called Resillio. We made everything from underwear to outerwear, right down in New Orleans. (There’s a whole ‘nother’ story that goes with that.) Be that as it may, Resillio had this denim shirt in the line that none of our sales team could sell. It looked like it had been worn by a bull rider for years and was trampled every time he fell off. Keep in mind that this was in 1972 when nobody even knew what GRUNDGE was. In those days we reps traveled in a group—usually about ten of us. One night we were all sitting in a bar in Morgantown, West Virginia—of all places—and I was wearing my sample of that denim shirt. One of my rep friends said he had an “Old Friend Shirt” just like mine. And there you have it…the birth of Old Friend Clothing. It spread throughout the industry like wild fire, and the next season every manufacturer had a section in their line called “Old Friend Clothes.” If only I knew about trade-
marks and patents in those days, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this article. As a brief description, Old Friend Clothes are the ones you grab from your closet when you come home from a long hard day of work, or just a long day. They’re that old sweat shirt that just fits right. It’s that pair of Khaki pants or jeans that you won’t wear to the grocery store but you’ll sit in front of the TV and spill your ice cream on—and not even care. It’s that old T-shirt that has holes in it, and you may have even washed the car with it a time or two. It’s that stuff that your wife tries to throw away and you won’t let her. That’s what your apparel from Richard Allen Clothing becomes after years and years of great wear. We provide that comfortable, must-wear attitude in every item you purchase from jeans to suits and sport coats—and everything in between. Come visit and let us introduce you to our “OLD FRIEND CLOTHING”. THE GATE/2012/ISSUE 2
THE GATE SAYS THE FUN SHOP
The Fun Shop, 117 W. Washington Street in Middleburg, is our town’s version of the department store, with everything from lamps to toys to house wares, gifts, cards, furniture and more. What’s really fun about The Fun Shop, though, is the chance to explore all the rooms in this unique store. Like many businesses in Middleburg, The Fun Shop is family owned. It was founded in 1956 by Nancy Lee Allen and it’s been an integral part of Middleburg ever since. The store began with a focus on children’s clothes and toys, but now it’s expanded to 6,000 square feet of lovely merchandise, lovingly displayed. The departments include bed and bath, kitchen and gourmet products, lamps, shades and other home décor, clothing, cards and stationery—and a lot more that you should discover for yourselves. The Fun Shop always lives up to its name. For more info: www.thefunshop.com
THE HOME FARM
The Home Farm Store is Ayrshire Farm’s gourmet retail outlet. Here you’ll find organic, certified Humane®, pasture-based meat and poultry. While Home Farm is a traditional butcher shop, you’ll also find delicious local greens and vegetables, organic wine, locallyproduced milk and dairy products, Ayrshiremade sweets and pies, and much, much more. Stepping into the Home Farm Store is like stepping back in time. You’ll find the same personal service that used to exist in local butcher shops, and you’ll find people willing to answer all your questions. Upstairs, you can browse gift items or have a chocolate sundae at the oldfashioned soda fountain. But while The Home Farm Store offers a nostalgic peek into the past, with its charming décor and attractive refrigerator cases, you’ll actually be taking advantage of the latest in organic and humane methods of food production. In these days of mass-produced and over-processed food, that can be a great comfort. Food from The Home Farm Store tastes like real food—nothing fake here. For more info: www.homefarmstore.com 24
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how to polish your shoes “He was fond of saying that a true gentleman didn’t feel properly dressed unless his shoes were freshly shined every morning.” BY RICK BECHTOLD In my younger days as a Christian Dior Men’s sales rep, I remember a shoeshine man who used to make the rounds in our office building on 40th and Park Avenue. He was fond of saying that a true gentleman didn’t feel properly dressed unless his shoes were freshly shined every morning. I always liked the sound of that—even if it did sound a little self-serving—but after he borrowed $50 from me (and countless other soft touches throughout the building), he was never to be seen again. I decided that shining my shoes once a week was gentlemanly enough. By even the most conservative estimate, I saved myself at least $500 a year and God knows in those days I needed it. I love the ritual: the careful laying out of newspaper and the round tin of Kiwi polish with that little built-in wing nut shaped turnkey opener—a damned near perfect piece of industrial design. After enough applications, that old T-shirt that I used becomes a work of art in its own right. It becomes a poor man’s Matisse with all its moody starbursts of black, brown and cordovan colors. And there’s my dad’s horsehair brush (with the Good Housekeeping seal of approval branded into its hardwood handle) which I liberated from his shoeshine kit. I think he knew I took it…. but never accused me of the theft. First I brush the shoe really well with that liberated brush to remove all the loose dirt and dust. With the old T- shirt wrapped tightly around my first two fingers, I apply a small amount of polish in tight swirls. By the time I’m through applying wax to the second shoe the first one is ready for buffing and that’s all I do. I was taught to spray a little water on as a second application—a spit shine—and buff with the softest cloth I could find until I could see my face. Just the way I was taught in the Navy. I have a closet full of nice shoes but I seem to go to that brown cap-toe lace-up model very often. They seem to go with every thing I wear. With this particular shoe, I use a neutral cream every third or fourth time. That seems to brighten the brown color and bring it back to its original shade. They go with everything I own and are as comfortable as a bare foot in the sand. I’ve had them re-heeled and re- soled three times. A well made, and well cared for shoe will outlast its owner. I aim to find out….just not too soon, I hope!
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THE GATE SAYS FOX’S DEN
Once upon a time, Colonel John Mosby hid with his horse in the space that is now the Fox’s Den Tavern. While the Civil War raged around Middleburg, Mosby and his Rangers found refuge in various buildings, homes and farms, and the Fox’s Den was one of them. Today, the restaurant has art, silver and antiques from the Carroll family’s private collection, and owner Charlie Carroll is a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin and Charles Carroll—two men who played important roles in the founding of our country. Fox’s Den is located at 7 W. Washington Street. The Fox’s Den Tavern serves traditional American food with a focus on farm-to-table freshness, and wine from local vintners such as Boxwood Winery. The chef de cuisine is John LoBuglio, who brings a fresh perspective to standard American dining. The tavern is open for dinner daily, Wednesday through Sunday, and lunch is served Thursday through Sunday. A pub menu is available for light fare between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and bar service goes until 2:00 a.m.; lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and dinner is served from 5:00-10:00 p.m. More information is available at www.foxsdentavern.com.
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THE GATE SAYS OLIO
For many years Olio proprietors Penny & Mike Willimann had purchased standard brand name olive oils off the shelf at local grocery stores. Then, a few years ago, they stumbled across the olive oil tasting concept and they began to appreciate gourmet oils and vinegars from all over the world. Having fallen in love with the concept, they decided the same experience must be brought to Virginia. Olio Tasting Room is modeled after similar style rooms across the Mediterranean where olive farms abound. The room has about 30 different varieties and flavors of olive oil and balsamic vinegar from around the world, which patrons can taste in the store. The tasting concept provides customers an opportunity to experience and learn about the highest quality and freshest olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. The room also carries an extensive line of fine teas, honeys, sauces, pastas, sea salts, jellies, and more. Olio Tasting Room is located at 17 E. Washington Street in the heart of Middleburg and is open daily with free tastings. Telephone: 540-687-3004 or www.oliotastingroom.com
Founded in 1977 by Trowbridge Littleton, Melmore Inc. is a full service construction company dedicated to providing professional services to our ever-growing clientele. Melmore is noted for its expertise in historical renovation and new home construction coupled with the â€œgo greenâ€? and energy requirements for our future. Striving for excellence in all areas in which it provides services, the organizationâ€™s work ethics list integrity, quality workmanship, effective cost control, management and a genuine concern for the consumer as the basis for its growth and success. Melmore is located at 107 W. Federal Street (P.O. Box 30) in Middleburg. THE GATE/2012/ISSUE 2
THE GATE SAYS OUTPOST
Keith and Pam Foster have opened Outpost at 6 South Madison Street in Middleburg. This is a store unlike any in our town, so be sure to stop by soon to take a look. The store is an oasis of good taste, unique and authentic finds and art selected by these two charming and friendly people who are thrilled to be part of our community. Keith travels the world in his golf course restoration work, and both Keith and Pam have a special affinity for Africa. In the shop you’ll find British campaign and club furniture, sporting antiques, tribal art and textiles and exquisite photography. It is a pleasurable experience to simply browse the store’s individual rooms and take in all the beauty. As Keith says, “I travel for my work. I travel to be with my family and I travel with my wife to get away…When on the road, if I see something interesting or striking, I will try to buy it and bring it back home.” Outpost is the result of Keith’s and Pam’s discriminating taste and keen eye. We are glad they are here. For more info: www.keithfosteroutpost.com
Laura and Larry Clark founded Wylie Wagg in 2002. Their commitment to helping people and pets in our community has never wavered—and that has led to extraordinary success. At Wylie Wagg, now with four locations in Virginia, the well being of animals is paramount. The products the shops carry meet the highest standards of excellence and quality, but the stores also focus on customer service. They’ll carry your bags of dog food and kitty litter to the car for you, if you need them to. They’ll also answer questions and offer suggestions for improving the lives and health of your pets. These are people who really care, and it shows. Wylie Wagg carries the finest products, from pet food to treats and toys. The stores are also known for their efforts in animal rescue and adoption. On almost any Saturday, there are likely to be animals up for adoption on hand in the shops, and the good the Clarks have done through this effort is immeasurable. Wylie Wagg’s stores are a delight to the eyes, but they are essential to the health and welfare of thousands of pets, both those who have good homes and those who need them. We’re proud that Wylie Wagg got its start in Middleburg. For store locations and more info: www.wyliewagg.com THE GATE/2012/ISSUE 2