Here is the single best thing about the world of small businesses–it provides you with the opportunity to make the acquaintance of and befriend a whole host of interesting, talented, and creative women who often go out of their way to support one another. The latest example of this is a photo shoot that brought together local boutiques, stylists, and artists just for the purpose of cross-promotion and for the sake of creativity. We played a very (very, very) small part in bringing it together–we lent them our shoes. To be honest, when Marisa of DC Style Factory asked us to lend out merchandise for the effort we agreed readily without investigating it any further. We have worked with the stylists at DC Style Factory long enough to know that if they want us to be apart of something we want to be apart of it, too.
When we saw the resulting photos, we were floored. The talent of those involved is extraordinary, and we are excited to have contributed even in such a small way. Here are just a few of the final shots, but head over to DC Style Factory’s website for Marisa’s behind-the-scenes details and many more photos! (You can click on any of these images for a larger view.)
These glittery booties used in the first series of shots have been a customer favorite. Kate Spade, $375
This menswear-inspired flat is a staple for the modern shopper. Freda Salvador, $385
All the comfort, all the style. This stacked sandal is a veritable wardrobe workhorse. Stuart Weitzman, $435
The perfect fall (and even holiday!) shoe, this suede and patent AGL shoe-tie is luxurious looking and classic in an unexpected way. AGL, $355
Stylist: Marisa, DC Style Factory
Photographer: Zoltan van Heyningen
Makeup Artist: Audrey Lefevre
Clothing provided by Take 5 Boutique
Shoes provided by The Shoe Hive
Jewelry provided by Sophie Blake
Elizabeth and Christen were recently on the Shoe In Show podcast talking about everything from what it’s like to own/run a pair of small businesses to the biggest shoe trends this fall!
If you need a fun break in your day or simply want an inside look into how we think and the reasons behind why we do what we do, click on the image below to give it a listen. Oh, and let us know what you think of the idea of hosting a “digital fashion show!” We’re thinking it could be super cool!
As we prepare to open a clothing store in the fall (more on that soon!), I have been paying closer attention to the multitude of emails I receive from all of the retail tastemakers–large and small businesses alike. I look for new brands as well as those that make an appearance more than others.
ShopBop.com has always been a source of personal retail therapy and I get a little thrill from seeing one of the website’s emails pop up in my inbox. Today’s email was particularly exciting as it combined a few of my favorite things–luxury travel, fashion editors (Pandora Sykes!!), and clothing! A handful of fashion influencers revealed to the readers of the online shopping destination’s blog their travel favorites and their touring must-haves. We must be doing something right because two of our best-selling brands made the list! (Reminder: click on any of the images to see them in a larger size.)
Pandora Sykes is one of my biggest fashion crushes. Her personal style is flawless, and her sense of humor regarding the fashion industry is a breath of fresh air. You should follow her on Instagram, too!
I’m less familiar with Leigh Campbell, but given her affection for Freda Salvador’s penny loafers she is clearly a kindred spirit! Indeed, Freda Salvador has been one of our most popular shoe lines for several seasons in a row. Lucky for us and for you, we have a lot more coming in!
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If you know Elizabeth, you probably know Mosby. But did you know Mosby is famous? He has had his picture in Vanity Fair, USA Today and lots of local press; but perhaps his brightest moment was his political ad from ten years ago.
“In 2006, [Michael] Steele was a mere lieutenant governor of Maryland running for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat. One of the most prominent African-American Republicans in the country, he anticipated that he’d take a heaping of vitriol from his opponents. And so, in a preemptive strike, he decided to produce what can be remembered as one of the great campaign ads of all time: the Puppy ad.”
And guess who the puppy was?
Learn more about the story behind the ad at HuffingtonPost.com.
Recently, Northern Virginia Magazine reached out to Elizabeth in hopes of featuring her in a sort of retrospective piece. They wanted to write about her favorite shoe styles from the first store’s location on South Royal Street as well as her top picks from the current collection. The piece went live a few weeks ago; read on to learn from a pro’s perspective how trends have changed and why she thinks The Shoe Hive has remained popular for well over a decade.
Read the complete article here.