When Northern Virginians want to go antiquing, one small town in Loudoun County comes to mind: Lucketts, near Leesburg and home to shopping staple The Old Lucketts Store. Now there’s a new brand in the area that antiquers are sure to fall in love with, too. The best part? It’s located right next door to The Old Lucketts Store.
Foundry, owned and founded by Yvette Freeman, opened its new digs in July, taking over the spot once operated by Beekeeper’s Cottage (which has since transitioned to an online shop). The Foundry brand has been around the DMV for over two decades, with several brick-and-mortar locations previously in DC. “We’ve been out at Lucketts for about 15 years [as a vendor], and the person who was [in our location before us] retired,” Freeman says. “I had the opportunity to renovate the building and move Foundry officially to Lucketts. It’s our first location in Virginia.”
Freeman, a real estate developer and interior designer, travels across the country and throughout Europe to find items for the store, whether that’s at warehouses, estate sales or flea markets. The globe-trotting is worth it: Inside, shoppers can find unique vintage home goods. The store is restocked daily, so there’s always something new to discover, including cabinets, coffee tables, artwork, clothing, chairs and more. One thing that will always be in stock, though? Chesterfield sofas.
“We’re known for our Chesterfield sofas,” Freeman says. “I have a love affair with them, so we carry a lot of Chesterfield sofas and leather wingback chairs.”
Something else Foundry is known for: incorporating Union Jack symbolism (the national flag of the United Kingdom) into its designs. Outside the store, the flag welcomes all customers and those driving by, as it’s painted on the store’s front door. It can also be found on multiple products and through interior details at Foundry. But Freeman’s not British. So how did it become such a staple image associated with the brand?
“When I opened my first Foundry store many, many, many years ago, I had been in Lisbon [Portugal], and my flight was delayed,” Freeman says. “I was stuck in Heathrow Airport, and the Union Jack flag was literally everywhere. So when I came home, it was on my brain. I was painting a dresser and put the Union Jack flag on it, and the flag became the mascot of the Foundry store.” // 42350 Lucketts Road, Leesburg