OUR STORY

founded in charlottesville, virginia in 1994 by amy gardner, scarpa offers a distinct selection of women’s clothing, footwear, accessories, and beauty from established and independent designers. a graduate of uva’s architecture school, amy opened scarpa as a shoe store, serving up an edited collection of footwear to a town in desperate need of good shoes. with scarpa’s evolution into a full-service specialty shop, our guiding principles have remained unchanged; we choose items for their thoughtful craftsmanship, smart design, and timelessness. eschewing the tide of trends, our buyers seek to offer fresh ideas for your wardrobe and lifestyle at the intersection of pretty and interesting.

we’ve been in the same storefront for 24 years, though as we’ve grown, the space has grown with us. since the summer of 2016, we’ve completed two extensive renovations, which serve our goal of creating an atmosphere that’s warm and inviting, unique and memorable, and as well-designed as the goods on our shelves.   

SERVICE

we pride ourselves on our talented and dedicated staff, and we deeply value the longstanding relationships we cultivate with our customers. we want your experience with us, both in store and online, to be exceptional. if there is anything we can do to improve your time shopping with us, please don't hesitate to be in touch via email, phone, or online chat. 

DID YOU KNOW?

with advance notice, we happily offer private and extended shopping hours in store.

additionally, we offer personal styling for customers both in store and online. whether you’re looking for an outfit for an upcoming special event or you’re in need of a wardrobe refresh, one of our experienced stylists will be glad to assist you.

please email us at web@thinkscarpa.com for more information.

  

MEET TEAM SCARPA

this multi-talented bunch works together to make your scarpa experience an unparalleled retail pleasure.

Amy Gardner

Amy Gardner

What are three words you'd self-describe yourself with?

I don't think I can answer this one.

Who is your style muse?

The Olsen twins but first I'd like their cheekbones.

You're given an all-expense paid trip to anywhere you choose in the world - where are you traveling to?

Bali, baby!

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

Sit quietly on The Lawn at UVA on a beautiful day and soak in the perfection of the Academical Village.

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

Two shots of Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila, Jack Rudy's tonic and extra lime. It's my current favorite. Check back next month.

Best advice you've received but have worked on taking?

f it's not working don't force it. Applies equally to a key in a lock and a relationship. Thanks, Mom.

And lastly, if you could choose, what would your last meal be?

A grilled cheddar cheese sandwich with a fried egg on it. White bread, please. And don't forget the mayo. Oh and can I have some Lays potato chips on the side? Salty and fatty and delicious! Plus it's my last meal so why not?

Capi Bowles

Capi Bowles

What are three words you'd self-describe yourself with?

loyal. funny (at least I crack myself up). mom.

Who is your style muse?

the version of Catherine Deneuve that might actually have to grocery shop or go to her son's ballgame.

You're given an all-expense paid trip to anywhere you choose in the world - where are you traveling to?

the Galapagos. with my boys. would be an incredible learning experience.

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

it's seasonal but really nice to pick apples in the fall. and I really enjoy the Monticello trail and then brunch at Beer Run.

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

shrimp and grits. it's always a little different but always sinful and good!

Best advice you've received but have worked on taking?

bite life in the ass and pray for lockjaw.

And lastly, if you could choose, what would your last meal be?

it wouldn't matter as long as it is shared with friends!

Elaine Browning

Elaine Browning

What is your favorite genre of music?

At the moment it's country, but I really do like all music.

What superpower do you wish you had?

To be able to fly

What items in your closet have been the best investment?

Leather and fur vests and coats – never go out of style.

If given the opportunity to choose your last meal, what would it be?

Filet mignon, baked potato and salad – very old school.

If you had to go a year without your cell phone or a year without weekends, which would you pick?

I would definitely give up my phone for a year vs. my weekends.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

"Buy those shoes!" Haha

What celebrity closet would you like to have?

Sarah Jessica Parker

Who is your favorite artist?

At the moment, Adele.

Will Frazier

Will Frazier

What's the best thing about the way you were raised and the worst thing about the way you were raised? How do those two things make you who you are?

As with Amy, mine is one in the same: being treated and spoken to like an adult from a young age. I think I matured early on which was mostly beneficial, but the downside was that when I just wanted to behave like an irresponsible kid, everyone already expected so much more from me!

What superpower do you wish you had?

A photographic memory. A power some people actually have.

What items in your closet have been the best investments?

A Patrik Ervell bonded cotton blazer — sturdy and versatile. Officine Creative shearling-lined boots — bye, bye bulky wool socks.

If given the opportunity to choose your last meal, what would it be?

A lavish, hours-long feast at Mas on a seductively warm summer night.

If you had to go a year without your cell phone or a year without weekends, which would you pick?

No cell phone.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

“It’s easier to be critical than to be correct.” Disraeli, as often quoted by my Dad.

What celebrity closet would you like to have?

I think male celebrities are pretty poorly dressed. So maybe Angelo Flaccavento, an Italian fashion journalist, whose outfits are always deeply desirable and of course, perfectly tailored.

Who is your favorite artist?

Hard to pick just one. Lately, Cy Twombly.

Lydia Jacobs

Lydia Jacobs

What are three words you'd self-describe yourself with?

creative, sarcastic, introverted

Who is your style muse?

Jonathan Davis

You're given an all-expense paid trip to anywhere you choose in the world - where are you traveling to?

Italy

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

go see a show at the Jefferson

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

lucky charms and milk

And lastly, if you could choose, what would your last meal be?

just give me some bread. yeast rolls from Texas Roadhouse, hands down

Dagmar Kuttner

Dagmar Kuttner

What's the best thing about the way you were raised and the worst thing about the way you raised? How do those two things make you who you are?

To be still alive…and kicking...

What is your favorite genre of music?

All of it…it just has to touch your heart.

What superpower do you wish you had?

To protect this world.

What items in your closet have been the best investment?

Cashmere sweaters.

If given the opportunity to choose your last meal, what would it be?

Pasta with fresh truffle and a nice chianti.

If you had to go a year without your cell phone or a year without weekends, which would you pick?

Without cell phone.

What activities/traditions do you look forward to/enjoy most for each season?

Spring, when the light comes back…

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

”Entbehren sollst du lernen.” You must do without. – Goethe.

What celebrity closet would you like to have?

Daphne Guinness

Who is your favorite artist?

There can’t be only one for me…every day you see things differently.

Binky Wheeler

Binky Wheeler

What's the best thing about the way you were raised and the worst thing about the way you raised? How do those two things make you who you are?

Worst thing growing up: had to ride my pony everyday with my sister - We have a beautiful friendship because of it and I know we can get through anything together. Best thing about growing up: Life was always an adventure, so you roll with the punches.

What superpower do you wish you had?

The ability to transport myself from one location to the next in a blink of an eye

What items in your closet have been the best investments?

Malone Souliers rose gold metallic pumps. The most comfortable and I can wear with everything!

If given the opportunity to choose your last meal, what would it be?

Marinated lamb chops, potato salad, and green salad. The perfect dinner made with love by Colin Dougherty.

If you had to go a year without your cell phone or a year without weekends, which would you pick?

I would give up my cell phone for a year

What activities/traditions do you look forward to/enjoy most for each season?

Spring- New beginnings Summer- the time spent with friends and family Fall - apple pies and crisp mornings Winter- fresh snow fall and warm fires

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

You put out in the universe what you want. And it comes.

Who is your favorite artist?

My boys, Jackson and Davis Wheeler. 

Susie White

Susie White

What are three words you'd self-describe yourself with?

healthy, mindful, kind.

Who is your style muse?

Queen Letizia of Spain

You're given an all-expense paid trip to anywhere you choose in the world - where are you traveling to?

Lapland

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

watching the first year sing on the lawn

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

sourdough bread ...take the class

Best advice you've received but have worked on taking?

making my husband feel special everyday

And lastly, if you could choose, what would your last meal be?

lobster, figuratively and literally