what to wear: made in the usa

It’s an understatement to say that not as much is made in the USA as was in the past. So, when we find great American-made pieces we like to spread the word. As boxes upon boxes of Frye boots arrived at the store yesterday, it got us thinking. As we reviewed our merchandise and discussed where things are made, we quickly had put together a head-to-toe look from The Shoe Hive–all made in the USA.

Kristi agreed to model the look for us so that we could share it with you. She is wearing a white t-shirt by California clothing line Sundry. Most of their pieces are considered loungewear but transition easily to daytime when worn with other, dressier pieces like this waxed leather jacket by Utility Canvas. Utility Canvas is a brand owned and designed by a husband-and-wife team out of New York. Of course, you are all familiar with Frye Boots and as I mentioned, we are now fully stocked for fall and winter. This cowboy style–the Billy Pull-On–is a personal favorite.

Kristi wanted us to also mention that her necklace is by Ruth Barzel– and also made in the USA. Many of Ruth’s pieces are for sale at Kiskadee in Del Ray. Even better? Kiskadee carries American brands of denim such as Paige and Henri & Belle.

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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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