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'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?

They’re usually one in the same. My mother always said ‘You’ll break your arm patting yourself on the back’. Keeps a girl humble AND makes it hard to accept a compliment.

What superpower do you wish you had?

To heal people’s pain: physical, emotional and mental.

What items in your closet have been the best investment?

Silk pants with a jogger cut: worn with sneakers, oxfords and heels; tees, denim jacket, blazer, sweater; for work and dress.

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

After a delicious and prolonged cocktail hour with a perfect Manhattan served up, it’s a hard choice: macaroni and cheese OR scrambled eggs with cream cheese and scallions. We go high and we go low.

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

A year without a cell phone. Easily.

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

Always give someone the benefit of the doubt.

What celebrity closet would you like to have?

As long as I had her figure: Mary Kate Olsen. Chic. Layered. Interesting.

Who is your favorite artist?

Rothko. Massive and intense and enveloping. I could stare at one all day.

Capi Bowles

Capi Bowles

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?

My parents always said that they trusted me to make the right decisions for myself— and I’m pretty sure I have with their guidance. As for the poor choices? Chalk it up to my legend!

What is your favorite genre of music?

Varies daily. It’s pretty fun when Amy starts dancing around the store to Michael Jackson, though.

What superpower do you wish you had?

The boss said that being “Mom” is my superpower….

What items in your closet have been the best investment?

Probably the leather jackets. There is surely a bit of a sting at purchase but I wear them for years, and I like the way they work with anything.

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

Seared foie gras and champagne.

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

What’s a weekend?

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

I look forward to not having to rush for the school bus in the summer time— and finding some time at the river. My boys love being there.

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 is your favorite genre of music?

Rock

What superpower do you wish you had?

Be able to fly

What items in your closet have been the best investment?

My leather jacket and my Doc Martens

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

Just give me some bread. Yeast rolls from Texas Roadhouse, hands down.

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

A year without a cell phone.

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

Christmas Eve at my grandmothers house and going to the beach for the 4th of July

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

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

What celebrity closet would you like to have?

Kendall Jenner

Who is your favorite artist?

Jackson Pollock or Michelangelo

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 is your favorite genre of music?

Bossa Nova

What superpower do you wish you had?

Grant life happiness

What items in your closet have been the best investment?

Every pair of shoes purchased from Scarpa (really).

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

Lobster

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

A year without a cell phone… as long as I still have internet.

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

Do one load of laundry every day

What celebrity closet would you like to have?

Audrey Hepburn

Who is your favorite artist?

Hundertwasser