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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

Describe yourself in three words.

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?

if 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

Describe yourself in three words.

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!

Susie White

Susie White

Describe yourself in three words.

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

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. 

Dagmar Kuttner

Dagmar Kuttner

Describe yourself in three words.

generous, resourceful, interesting

Who is your style muse?

I have my own style

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

the Amazon... before it's too late...

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

walking my trail...

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

pouring red wine into my glass

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

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

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

lost my appetite...

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.

Sarah Fauerbach

Sarah Fauerbach

Describe yourself in three words.

animal lover, seriously

Who is your style muse?

style?

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

galapagos islands

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

blessing of the hounds, grace episcopal church in keswick

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

chocolate sheet cake (from scratch) cooks illustrated

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

don’t make assumptions, always do your best, and if you live in a glass house, don't throw stones

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

queso, crab legs and funnel cake

Annabelle Gould

Annabelle Gould

Describe yourself in three words.

devoted, self-deprecating, incandescent

Who is your style muse?

any main characters in Nancy Meyers' films, particularly Meryl in "It's Complicated." I also apply the Meyers ethos to interior design.

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

First class to Nairobi, Kenya on safari to see the Giraffe Manor.

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

A drink on the rooftop of Common House, followed by dinner (@ Bizou) & a movie at the Violet Crown from the Fralin Art Museum's film series - they're always the best selections.

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

I make a mean french toast - orange juice is a key ingredient, but I won’t tell you how.

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

Don’t sweat the petty things, but also don’t pet the sweaty things.

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

A massive bowl of the gnocchi di ricotta (aka truffled gnocchi) from Uva on the Upper East Side in NYC, I salivate as I’m typing those words - pair it with a delicious pinot noir from Oregon and *chefs kiss*. The goal here is to be as rotund as possible by the end of the meal.

Lydia Jacobs

Lydia Jacobs

Describe yourself in three words.

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

Amy Hahn

Amy Hahn

Describe yourself in three words.

introverted, fair, chocaholic

Who is your style muse?

patti smith, mick jagger & carine roitfeld

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

africa to see gorillas

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

my favorite sycamore tree on the way out to sugar hollow - it’s spectacular

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

my husband’s pancake recipe - I make it every weekend, the BEST!!

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

what’s it to ya? great advice to remember when something is really getting in your craw, but maybe you should just let it go because it’s really none of your business.

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

anything cooked by my son or husband. it always tastes better when they cook.

Christy Morgan

Christy Morgan

Describe yourself in three words.

Instead of adjectives, nouns that reflect my interests and personality are: my kids, books, and fashion.

Who is your style muse?

I am currently loving Amy Smilovic from Tibi for the super cool way she wears her own line and for her hilarious and spot-on fashion advice. Her instagram stories are pure gold.

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

Thailand

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

Sounds cliche but vineyards and breweries really epitomize this area: I would choose King Family for it's ample space and gorgeous mountain views.

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

A simple summer side dish: combine fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, edamame, and cilantro. Mix EVOO and juice of a whole lemon, salt and pepper, combine throughout. Serve chilled.

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

If it won't matter in five years, don't spend more than five minutes being upset/anxious over it

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

Still dreaming of the meal we had at Kitchen Table in Tulum: the cuitlacoche quesadilla, grilled tuna, and the salted caramel and dark chocolate mousse for dessert. My only addendum to this meal: really good chips and salsa.

Kate Snyder

Kate Snyder

Describe yourself in three words.

edgy first-grader

Who is your style muse?

At the risk of being too predictable, its equal parts Leandra Medine and Harry Styles. (Also coincidentally my ideal picks for the double-dutch team of my dreams).

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

Back to Copenhagen — specifically back to The Living Room cafe, home of the best elderflower tea in the world and the cushiest chairs your backside's ever felt.

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

I'll never get tired of sitting at the bar at Timberlake's — they have a sandwich named after my great grandfather on the menu. Sadly, it's ham salad, which is the most disgusting thing maybe ever, but I'm proud of him nonetheless.

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

My FAVORITE recipe is this one for Marinated Zucchini from Bon Appetit. If I make it for you it means I either a) have a crush on you or b) want your mom to like me.

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

My mom tells me not to be a pushover. Paradoxically its the only advice I resist.

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

Ask me again tomorrow and I'll have a totally different answer.

Liz Manson

Liz Manson

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

compassionate, loyal and motivated

Who is your style muse?

jennifer aniston

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

Italy — Lake Como

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

polo at king family vineyards

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

white Pizza with arugula

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

it's ok to ask for help

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

pizza from lampo.

Andrea Wood Warsewich

Andrea Wood Warsewich

Describe yourself in three words.

Thoughtful, Fun, Capable

Who is your style muse?

Meryl Streep in Out of Africa - specific I know but she looked so badass. Love her.

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

New Zealand

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

Dinner at Ten and concert at The Jefferson Theater.

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

Martha Stewart's Spiced Apple Pie - I make it every Thanksgiving with apples from Carter's Mountain. It has become one of the moments that I realize that time is flying by and I really try and slow down and enjoy my family and friends.

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

Take care of yourself.

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

My Mom's spaghetti - it was always my favorite growing up. She makes it just right. Paired with a bottle of Octagon from Barboursville Vineyards.

Will Frazier

Will Frazier

Who is your style muse?

Haider Ackermann. I want to wear everything he designs. Specifically everything he designs for Timothee Chalamet.

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

Scottish Highlands

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

Just going for a drive on a beautiful day.

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

Really into winter stews! Throw a bunch of things in a pot and simmer.

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

Save your pennies!

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

Dinner at Le Bernardin.

Jeff Cornejo

Jeff Cornejo

Describe yourself in three words.

curious, hungry, adventurous

Who is your style muse?

a brew of marcello mastroianni for timelessness, steve mcqueen to keep it real, and hedi slimane because insufficient slimming lines, or shades of black, exist.

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

dubai to shanghai, by coastal freighter

What is your must see/do in Charlottesville?

a belmont food crawl, on a tuesday night.

What's your favorite recipe? Can you share?

a scarpa original: the emerald isle. imagine your juiciest summer blt overstuffed with cheddar, avocado and a runny, no no, a gooey fried egg. please, liberally slather dukes mayo on toasted white bread. opinions vary in our household on the stacking order but the right answer is smeared avocado, lettuce, cheese, bacon, slab of tomato, and only then an egg, but upside down. keep two, maybe more, kitchen towels handy.

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

will it matter in ten years?

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

a dunked chopped inside deluxe, double basket of fried pickles, and a tea, sweet of course, at cowlings bbq on rt 460 in waverly va.