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Displaced shop left D.C., found home in Culpeper
The owners of a high-end fabric store in Washington have relocated to a shop in downtown Culpeper.

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Date published: 12/8/2012

By Cathy Jett

THE OWNERS of a couture fabric shop weren't sure where to relocate after the northwestern Washington mall where they'd been for four years closed.

But after scouting sites from Alexandria to Leesburg to Fredericksburg, Moe and Brenda Rezvan decided to move Exquisite Fabrics from The Shops at Georgetown Park to 107 E. Davis St. in downtown Culpeper.

They were bowled over by the town's compact retail district, which has been named as one of America's top 10 "Main Streets," and the fact that Culpeper has been named as one of America's top 10 small towns.

"This street is just like a childhood Main Street," Brenda Rezvan said of East Davis Street. "It took our fancy, and we decided to move here."

She and her husband recently held the ribbon cutting for their new, 2,000-square-foot location. It's filled with top quality silks, woolens, cashmeres and other fabrics imported from Europe and Switzerland. Some of the materials bear such couture names as Armani, Versace or Valentino.

Moe Rezvan said that some customers will show him the pattern they plan to use because he can tell at a glance if the fabric they're eyeing will work--or not. It might be too stiff for the garment they want to make, for example, and won't flow as well as they'd like.

Exquisite Fabrics also carries an extensive selection of basic fabrics, plus unusual buttons, ribbons and other sewing notions and trimmings. Some customers like to buy these to freshen up old garments or individualize new ones.

Rezvan attributes his love of fabric to his mother, who always chose the best fabrics to make clothes for her family. He started Exquisite Fabrics 40 years ago in the Watergate complex, and his wife joined him in the business soon afterward.

"When I was in Washington, we had customers from all walks of life," he said. "We had some customers in high-powered government positions. You'd be surprised at how talented they are."

Many have found that it's cheaper to buy fabrics from the Rezvans and either make or have garments made than to spend hours trying to find something comparable in a store that might or might not be exactly what they're looking for, he said.

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