Today’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Virginia: Peter-Blair. Dick Fowlkes opened the store in 1993 with the goal of bringing a style he calls “conservative with a twist” to his hometown, Richmond. Fowlkes co-owns the shop with Ed Cleavenger who was previously the president of Jack Henry Clothing Co., a successful Men’s and Women’s Specialty store in Kansas City, Missouri. Peter-Blair is named after Fowlkes’s two godchildren: Peter Sisk and Blair Northen. In 2002, Fowlkes and his sister, Kate Ackerly, launched Peter-Blair Accessories, an exclusive neckwear and pocket square line.
Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The city was founded in 1737 by Colonel William Byrd II. Richmond was the site of several key events during the Revolutionary War, including Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech and the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom written by Thomas Jefferson. Richmond is home to numerous museums and monuments and also has a thriving arts community. Many movies have been filmed in the city, including Lincoln, Hannibal, and Iron Jawed Angels. The fictional town “Bluffington” in the popular 1990s cartoon Doug is loosely based on Richmond.