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Foster & Son Visits on Friday, March 31, 2017 Posted on 28 Mar 17:02

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Sterling & Burke always enjoys the visits from our friends on Savile Row and this week we have the pleasure of hosting Andrew Murphy and Jon Spencer from Foster & Son. 


Established in 1840, Foster & Son is one of the oldest and most respected custom shoe and bootmakers in the World with a reputation for refined "West End" style shoemaking.


To say the process of creating custom footwear is time consuming would be an understatement. It is also absolutely fascinating. We learned a bit on a trip to London not too long ago. Jon Spencer is the head last maker, creating the wooden molds that the shoes are built around. With exacting precision for the intricacies of your foot and step. 


Although their heritage is bespoke shoe and bootmaking for men, they have created a stunning line of slippers for women as well. They have a color assortment that will make you swoon and they are happy to embroider anything on the front. Get creative ladies!


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bespoke ladies slippers


Call us if you would like more information about these beautiful shoes and boots. These are a truly wonderful addition to your wardrobe!


Snow Day Posted on 14 Mar 14:36

Although late in the season, everyone can appreciate a snow day once in a while! These beautiful original oil paintings by Claire Howard make us appreciate the winters all year round, the idyllic scenes of snow in DC and in the country. 


Flight Into Washington depicts the Washington Monument on a brilliant clear day with a  light dusting of snow. Price: $2,350washington monument snow winter claire howard

Snow Covered Landscape depicts and idyllic country view covered in pristine white snow. Price: 

winter snow scene landscape oil painting claire howard 

Way to Sugarloaf Mountain depicts a country farm scene covered in fresh white snow, makes you want to jump in and run through the fields! Price: $1,400

claire howard oil painting winter snow country barn 


For more information on Claire Howard and her work, please review this page

Cherry Blossom Season in DC! Posted on 13 Mar 16:15

The Cherry Blossom Season, although short, is a magnificent time to be in DC. As residents, we enjoy acting as tourists and taking in the sights and opportunities to celebrate. Peak Blossom time s early this year and is expected to be next week, about the 14th through 16th of March.

At Sterling & Burke, we have brought in brand new original works from our most popular artists to celebrate this special time of year!

Claire Howard is famous for painting beautiful landscapes of the local area and her DC landmark pieces have been selling quickly this year! In this beautiful piece, Claire beautifully captures the cherry blossoms in full bloom as the Washington Monument rises in the background. 
Price: $2,800



This Zachary Sasim piece perfectly captures the Jefferson Memorial during peak Cherry Blossom time. With plenty of cherry blossoms in the forefront, the real star of this piece is how the bright blues of the Tidal Basin and the sky beautifully contrast with the blooms. All of this color allows the Memorial to stand out even though it is in the background.

cherry blossoms washington dc original art zachary sasim
Price: $975



Fabiano Amin has gained quite the reputation for creating abstract modern paintings and his latest work is a fantastic example of this. Rather than painting a traditional landscape, he has instead focused on the ways in which blossoms can fall from their trees. It's a modern twist on a classic piece of DC culture.

cherry blossoms dc fabiano amin abstract art

Price: $1,800


Enjoy the season!

Patriotic Art, Importance of New and Historic Americana Posted on 21 Jan 14:51

As the next Presidential term begins, we have to unique opportunity to celebrate a transition that is in many ways uniquely American. Being a longstanding part of the Washington DC community, we always love these weekends when they come around and they give us a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a truly patriotic event.


In light of this years celebrations, we thought about some of the fantastic patriotic art that we currently have in our store at the moment and the stories behind those pieces. 


Fabiano Amin American Flag Abstract Oil Painting


Nothing feels quite as patriotic as a big American flag and there's nothing we like more than this amazing pop art canvas by Fabiano Amin. A naturalized American, Fabiano has been inspired by patriotism in many of his pieces and has a large range of stars and stripes based pieces with a whole lot of red white and blue!


 Lauran Roosevelt Flag Art Washington DC


This antique flag has been converted into a beautiful and modern piece of art by none other than Laura Roosevelt (yes from that family of Roosevelt's!) We love how the flag and background really fuse together to create a fantastic and unique piece.


George Washington antique bi-centennial flag framed DC 


As we role into an inauguration, we find it fitting to remember the very first and this antique flag commissioned to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the birth of George Washington is the perfect piece to do just that. A true piece of history to commemorate the man who did so much to found our great nation. 


For more information about these and our many other patriotic pieces at Sterling and Burke, please don't hesitate to give us a call on 202.333.2266 or email us at