How to Wear a Belt

If you ever sit at a little league game or attend a philanthropic event in this town, you know none of it would work without the support of our realtors. There is no other industry that gives as much personal time and financial support to our community.

This group of women (and men) – and I am not just talking about the four amazing women featured in our shoot – have always been some of my biggest supporters, and really of all local businesses. There is so much synergy between the real estate industry and the small business community in our town that I can’t imagine the latter working without the former.

When the W. Kleinberg trunk show got back on the books, I thought it would be fun to show different ways to wear belts. I wanted folks to see it isn’t just about putting a belt through a belt loop; there are so many ways to wear them. And I know there are eye rolls right now and folks thinking, “I have gained weight in COVID and there is no way I am wearing a belt.” Well, belts are exactly what you should be wearing if that’s the case. They add shape to boxy items and can streamline any outfit.

When we needed some people to help model these looks, I knew who to ask. Four fierce realtors: Lauren Bishop, Kristen Jones, Jessica Richardson, and Shoshanna Tanner. Not only are these women extremely busy with listings all over Alexandria and the Northern Virginia area, but they are working moms who always look put together and professional – ready to show a property or attend a closing on a moment’s notice. Whenever I run into any of them, they always look great. There’s no running around town in exercise clothes for these ladies – which makes them (sadly) different from me.

Stop by our trunk show at The Shoe Hive Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20, and custom order a belt or shop our in-store selection. Our W. Kleinberg representative will be at the store Thursday, September 17 starting at 12pm, if you want advice from the belt pro. Custom orders will take four weeks and are made in Atlanta!

Make sure you follow them all on Instagram @laurenbishoprealtor, @thejessicarichardsonteam, @novahomestyler, and #alexandriabykj to get a sneak peek at great listings and all things Alexandria.



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I spent the first part of my career as a copy-writer who helped elected officials brag about their support for entrepreneurs. Then I decided to get off the printed page and do it myself. The Shoe Hive made a splash on the fashion scene in Washington, and was named the region’s best shoe store in its first year. Fourteen years later, I have tripled the store’s size and also opened a sister store, The Hive. At The Hive, we offer clothing lines that are sophisticated and approachable like Rag & Bone, Tibi, Raquel Allegra, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard. We have tried to fill our racks with clothing you will want to wear all the time, elevated basics that are worth the investment.

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

703.548.7105                          703.548.7110

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