My old Kate Spade sales representative used to always laugh after I picked all my samples for a potential buy and placed them on the table. He would laugh and say, “you buy just like Saks Fifth Avenue.”
I, of course, took this as a compliment. When I responded with thank you and a smile, he dryly replied: “That isn’t a compliment, all you ever pick is black.”
I tried to defend myself, stating that when I picked a shoe only in a non-basic color, customers always request the same shoe in black. He rolled his eyes and wrote my notes.
When the clothing store opened, the same thing seemed to be happening. I got a lot of black…oh, and ivory. I’ve found that as a buyer, it is hard to commit to a color because you sometimes just don’t know if it will work!
Well this fall I have tried to spread my wings and buy more color. It is always easier in the spring to add some color to the collections we carry. Fall can be a little more difficult, but we have tried this year and brought you wine, poppy, olive, tan, and rust. Okay, maybe tan isn’t a color, but hey it isn’t black!
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