Vince Arrives at The Hive

Figuring out what merchandise to carry at both boutiques is one of the many fun parts of owning a store. It can, however, be stressful. If you mess up, the brands are likely not taking unsold merchandise back. It’s high stakes decision-making.

I have been in the shoe business for some time now, but clothes are fairly new. So when I started to curate which lines to carry, I struggled at first. I asked myself: do I only do lines that are hard to find (which, the internet makes that pretty much impossible) or do I get bigger brands that everyone knows and loves?

The answer is both. I try to have a mix – proven standards and emerging lines that you haven’t seen in department stores yet. So after more than two years of being a clothing buyer, and two years of still buying Vince personally online at other retailers I thought, why in the world do I not carry Vince? Even my sister who is not a big shopper called me and was like, “Sissy, every year I buy a couple sweaters from Vince and I live in them. Will you please carry the line.”

So without further ado, I would like to introduce Vince clothing to The Hive.

Founded in 2002 in Los Angeles, this line is known for its contemporary and streamlined clothing. The two founders recently rejoined the brand to get it back to its roots. As a lover of fashion and the business of fashion, I could tell that the line has made a comeback in recent years.

We are excited to have it at The Hive. The collection always has easy-to-wear pieces that fit seamlessly into anyone’s wardrobe, no matter what your personal style might be.


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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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