What happens when a love for the bespoke tailoring of Savile Row meets good ole’ Southern roots and a need for ready to wear that looks tailor-made? The answer is Ledbury. Headquartered in a renovated tobacco warehouse in Richmond, Ledbury bridges the gap between fit and quality with offerings for both work and play that reflect a decidedly Southern heritage (classic american styling hasn’t gotten lost in the quest for a tailored fit). Between now and late January, DC dwellers have the opportunity to shop Ledbury’s pop-up shop in Georgetown amidst the famed Wisconsin Avenue shops that are always bustling with tourists and locals, alike. Since my husband has been devoted to the brand since it first began gaining momentum, he was thrilled to be able to attend the recent launch party for the pop-up shop and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to meet co-founder, Paul Trible.
We were greeted warmly as soon as we arrived at the launch party, pointed towards the coat rack and towards the back of the store where bartenders were deftly serving up signature cocktails featuring Bulleit bourbon. We sampled “The Underwood” which was a clever twist on a classic Brown Derby, replacing honey syrup with habanero honey for spiced up kick mellowed by a splash of fresh grapefruit. It was easy to spot the Ledbury loyalists as they looked like (well-dressed) clones of the founder and of one another in varying combinations of checkered shirts topped of with a solid sweater sporting a well-groomed side part. What made for even better people watching, interestingly, were the gaggles of (likely) Georgetown girls arriving without a man in tow…not a bad place to snag dapper gentleman, so, salut!
All in all, I can confidently say our purchases that night won’t be our last!