The Bag I Didn’t Know I Needed: The Sporty Spice by Annabel Ingall

A few months ago I was leaving a HAWT Pilates class at Mind the Mat in Del Ray and I put my suede cross-body bag across my sweatshirt as I left class. By the time I got to my car, my purse had not fared too well. The workout was tough and the sweat on my bag proved it. All I could keep thinking about was how much I wanted these new Annabel Ingall bags to arrive.

Annabel Ingall has been a staple at The Shoe Hive for years now. She is known for her sleek and classically shaped bags that are made out the softest yet most durable leather you can find. Her Isabella tote is my go-to travel bag and even though I have had it more than five years it still looks like new. When I stopped by her booth at market last summer, her spring line was, as I have come to expect, beautiful and elegant. I am excited for the new bags, but that isn’t what stopped me in my tracks.

What stopped me in my tracks was a collection of brightly colored neoprene bags, in a perfect shape, of course. The colors were bright and the size was perfect — not too big, not too small. Turns out they were exactly what I needed for running around town and I have been counting down the days until they arrive.

And when I spill something in it, which I will, I will just wipe it out! I am not sure I have ever been more excited for a purse…and it is only $135. Now I just have to decide what color to get.


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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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