One of my missions as a buyer is to constantly find new brands that I want to carry at The Shoe Hive; it’s been a priority for me since we opened our doors in 2003 and it’s how we secured the local rights to Hunter Boots, Superga, AGL, and many others before they became distributed at larger places. I have a folder that I keep with torn out magazine pages or photos I have printed from as long ago as 14 years.
Customers are also always passing on the names of great new lines they find when they are traveling to places outside of Alexandria. It has become a bit of a quest now for me to try and find the contact for awesome, smaller, more obscure brands that don’t yet have the marketing muscle to find me. Sometimes even the larger brands aren’t as easy to hunt down as you would think they’d be.
So I have my list, and refer back to it often when I head to market or need to bring in something new and interesting.
There is a shoe line that has literally been in my folder and mentioned by dozens of customers for 14 years. I tried and tried, unsuccessfully, to hunt them down. Then this year I was sitting at an appointment and a fellow shopkeeper and I were doing the retail version of what happens to anyone when you run into someone from your college or hometown: What lines do you sell? Who does well for you? He said, “Why don’t you have Pedro Garcia?” I said, “because I can’t get in touch with them!”
An email was sent, a connection was made, and finally, after 14 years The Shoe Hive now has Pedro Garcia.
All of this line’s shoes are made in Spain and Pedro Garcia is a family-owned business. They are shoemakers in the most traditional sense. The foundation of the company is undeniable quality and painstaking craftsmanship — but what drives them every day is design. All that is just a long way of explaining that they are so comfortable that you’ll have to buy them if you try them on – so come and see for yourself.
Heard the buzz? The Shoe Hive & The Hive are a pair of luxury boutiques in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring both big name designers like Rag & Bone and Stuart Weitzman and smaller brands like AGL and L'Agence, our unique selection and impeccable service are what set us apart.
The Shoe Hive The Hive
127 S. Fairfax Street 301 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 Alexandria, VA 22314