the minaudière: a tried and true trend

by Elizabeth, The Shoe Hive

I’ve always believed that it’s the size of your bag that dictates how much you end up putting in it: empty space in a purse just screams out to be filled. There’s something to be said, then, for finding a dainty, lady-like clutch that’s just the right size for the essentials and nothing else. I love the acronym MILK, as in MONEY, ID, LIPGLOSS AND KEYS (ok, maybe the I should stand for iPhone…)

To help ourselves downsize this season we’re loving (and stocking) the minaudière. Invented by Van Cleef & Arpels in the 1930s, the minaudière was intended to be equal parts jewelry and functional accessory. Today they come in a myriad of shapes and finishes for all occasions. At the Hive we have some lovely ones by Tory Burch, Vince Camuto and Kayu. Wear yours out to dinner or for a summer stroll.





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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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