Exploring Virginia with Lily Atherton Hanbury of Le Monde Beryl

From silver spur cowboy boots to Italian furlane, Lily Atherton Hanbury of Le Monde Beryl, takes us for a walk around Virginia in her proverbial shoes.

Atherton Hanbury draws inspiration from “the historical,
the cultural and the crafted”. Growing up in Virginia, Lily’s
propensity for beautiful things – and for adventure – was apparent
from an early age.

Along with friend Katya Tyumentseva, in 2016 she founded
Le Monde
, a beguiling jewel-shaded shoe line inspired by the
footwear of Venetian gondoliers. The name, which refers to a family
of gemstones considered talismanic to travellers and artists, also
pays homage to the pioneering aviatrix Beryl Markham.

From silver spur cowboy boots to Italian furlane, Lily Atherton
Hanbury takes us for a walk around Virginia in her proverbial

If Virginia were a shoe, what would it look like?

A riding boot.

From growing up on a farm to slippers worthy of a Venetian
gondolier, tell us about that trajectory…

I think that studying architecture at the University of
Pennsylvania probably set me on my path, although I credit my
family, and my sister in particular, for a constant awareness of
beauty and the desire to expand my horizons.

Where does your inspiration come from?

We are inspired by women like Beryl Markham, who are
effortlessly stylish and yet don’t let style inhibit life.

What was life like growing up in Virginia?

It was slow and idyllic. I have a great appreciation for nature
and beauty from that time in my life.

What’s a good book to read ahead of visiting?

Hold Still by Sally Mann.

Where is your favourite place to wake up?

In my childhood bed with the weeping cherry tree out the

If we had just 24 hours in Virginia where should we head?

Paris, Virginia.

Underrated tourist spots include…

Burk’s Garden and Lurray Caverns.

Which are you favourite shops in Virginia?

Elizabeth Locke for jewellery, Stokes in Front Royal and
Journeymen Saddlers.

Are there any day trips away from the capital that you would

Drive along route 211 to the Skyline Drive in Sperryville.

Where should we fo to taste Virginia’s best food?

The Ashby
in Paris, the Gentle Harvest in Marshall or the Hunter’s
in Upperville.

The top choice in farm-to-table restaurants is…

Sandy Lerner’s tavern, the Hunter’s Head in Upperville.

A good spot for after work drinks is…

Pen Druid
in Sperryville.

Where should we head for a taste of culture?

The new ICA at VCU and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,
Monticello, Stratford Hall, the Wilderness Battlefield in
Chancellor, the Paul Mellon Sporting Library in Middleburg

Your condensed address book would include…

The Natural Marketplace in Warrenton and a riding
lesson at Skyland Farm.

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

With my grandmother, Hope Porter, learning about the importance
of land preservation.

What should we take as a souvenir?

A “Virginia is for Lovers” bumper sticker.

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