Save Your Money, Save Your Clothes: Why I Love The Laundress

At this point in our lives, we all have clothes in our wardrobe in which we have invested some money. Instead of fast fashion, we all have pieces that we buy that we want to wear often and have last for years.

That means we need to take care of them. If you are anything like me, this usually means taking these pieces to the cleaner. My dry cleaning bill in transition months usually proves it! It’s also the time of year when we notice some our sweaters have started to look a little worn or pilled. I would like to urge all of you to try and care for your sweaters and other items at home – you just might find they hold up better with a little tender loving care rather than a quick trip to the cleaners.

This is why I started carrying The Laundress at The Hive. I realized it was time for me to roll up my sleeves and do some of this maintenance work on my own. Not only will it save me money, it will save my clothes. The truth is the more we wash and dry clean things, the more we break down the fibers.

The line was started for that exact reason. Two friends who worked in fashion at Ralph Lauren and Chanel had the exact same problem. Their clothes were getting ruined and they decided it was time to take matters into their own hands – and thus The Laundress was born.

My favorite product besides the detergent is the static spray. In the winter I always fight the “cling” and this spray is magic, even with silks.

Nobody knows sweaters better than Danielle Romanetti, the owner of fibre space, and she wrote a great piece on how to care for your knits no matter what the fabric. The Laundress website is another great resource. It has sections by type of fabric, and you can even search its database by stain. If we don’t carry a product you want to try, we are happy to special order it for you.


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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

1 Comment

  1. Avatar Jaime Stephens says:

    The products from The Laundress are great. I’m also glad to hear about the collaboration with Le Labo; those are the best scents going. Nordstrom at Pentagon City now has a little Le Labo boutique!

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