Since Frankie Welch (Mary Frances Welch) established her shop in Old Towne Alexandria, Virginia, it stands to reason that she would design one of her famous quilt inspired scarves with some of the notable landmarks in the area. In September 1963, Frankie made a smart business decision to open her shop in an historical building that was already a tourist attraction as it was the first bank in Virginia. Not to mention that George Washington and his men dined there, too. Frankie used the upper floors as a guest house and the bottom floor as her boutique where she sold her distinctively patriotic fashions and soon to be famous scarves to many prominent political figures from both sides of the aisle! Eventually she opened satellite stores in the Washington D.C. area as her Alexandria boutique flourished. After many years in business, she closed her shop in 1990 and retired to Charlottesville, Virginia.
This red, white and blue Qiana scarf features along the outer edges of each of the four squares a rooftop view of Old Town Alexandria. Among the landmarks listed on each square are Duvall House, Friendship Firehouse, Carlyle House, Washington House, Lee House, The City Hall, Gadsby Tavern and Cameron Street. Coincidentally, her boutique was at 305 Cameron Street! There are several other landmarks not named here on this neat little scarf that will surely be familiar to anyone who is familiar or has lived in Alexandria!
Condition: Very Good
This scarf has been recently hand washed in cold water but still has a faint light brown spot on the first square in the center of the landmarks. And, on the left corner of the bottom square there is a darker spot that looks to be possibly adhesive remaining from a sticker. These issues are not that noticeable unless you are really searching for issues.
Label: Scarf of Qiana Nylon By Frankie Welch, Alexandria, VA
Frankie Welch is printed on each square.
8” Wide x 34” Long
This seller is a proud member of The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG) and The Costume Society of America (CSA)