America has enjoyed a long tradition of textile manufacturing, from Betsy Ross cross-stitching the Constitution to Neil Armstrong knitting the Eagle lunar lander. Participate in this patriotic pastime with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fabric, sewing supplies, and locally designed jewelry at Les Fabriques in Charlottesville.
The knowledgeable staff at Les Fabriques helps customers navigate the store's robust selection of textiles, sewing and fashion accessories, and home décor. Visitors stroll along a hardwood walkway, poring over colorful racks of pillows, buttons, and sewing machines. Like a rainbow during its experimental youth, a wide-ranging fleet of fabrics ($4.99+) displays vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and diverse materials, including contemporary cotton prints ($10.99–$12.99/yd.). Jewelry lovers can adorn a finger, earlobe, or lonely lapel with vintage jewelry or a piece created by local designers such as Maslo and One Sweet Peach ($10+). Soy candles ($22), handmade in Virginia, illuminate dark corners and burnt-out light bulbs. In addition to supplying customers with garment-making essentials, Les Fabriques also supports homegrown creativity with local fashion shows, events, and educational classes, including an afterschool program for kids.