Street Style: Ayana Close

Local yarn shops are community gathering spaces, so when I was thinking about who our first Street Style nominee would be, there were a lot of customers who came to mind since we have so many amazing personalities hanging around the shop every day. Ayana was at the top of the list because she is a true Alexandrian in my mind. On a given weekday, I might see her at Misha’s grabbing a coffee in the morning, mid-day at the shop picking up the latest hot arrival, and then later at happy hour at the Majestic or late night at Chadwicks. It is not unusual at all to see Ayana multiple times a week, and I cherish those unplanned, random moments that we can catch up over a coffee or drink. If I really want to know what changes I need to make at the shop or how that new yarn really is, I can rely on Ayana for total honesty.
Ayana also has an amazing style. If you spend your time between the waterfront and the 1200 block of King Street, you have probably noticed her. Her style is understated but stunning. She has a sophisticated look and a real eye for putting a complete outfit together in a way that I truly envy. I hope to one day look as put together as Ayana does in yoga pants while grabbing coffee. And if you do catch her for a cocktail, she is pretty likely to have yarn and needles in her hands!


Ayana is styled by The Hive and The Shoe Hive. 
📸 :Sarah Marcella Creative



Neighborhood: Old Town

How long have you lived in Alexandria: June 2020

What brought you to Alexandria? My husband and I lived outside of National Harbor for almost 13 years, but all of our social activities were in Alexandria, so it just made sense for us to move here. When the opportunity came up to purchase a house in the heart of Old Town, we jumped on the opportunity. Though I wouldn’t recommend completing a major renovation during a pandemic…due to construction and appliance delays, we ended up living at the Hotel Lorien for six months while the renovation was being completed.

What would surprise people about you? I’m a huge Dr. Who fan

You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? Time travel

Favorite cocktail: My go-to drink is Champagne, but I won’t turn down a vodka tonic or a spicy Bloody Mary (the more garnishes, the better)

Last book read or movie seen: Fugitive Telemetry (Murderbot Diaries #6) by Martha Wells

Guilty Pleasure: Seafood Towers, the bigger, the better. If there is one on the menu, I’m going to order it.

Phrase you overuse: it’s a tie between “cool, cool, cool” and “no worries.”

Facebook or Instagram? Instagram

Latest binge-watch: Schitt’s Creek on Netflix

Bucket list travel destination: SO MANY PLACES…Safari in Africa. Japan. Tour of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The list goes on

If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Wine





Define your style in three words or less: Monochromatic and casual

The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Doc Martens. I wear them with everything

Favorite trend ever: Dresses with pockets and Larger than life sunglasses.

Favorite current trend: Athleisure

Beauty product you can’t live without: Biologique Recherche skincare

Favorite fragrance: I mix Le Labo Thé Noir 13 and Fleur D’Oranger 27

Heels or flats? Heels




Favorite room in your home: Kitchen. I don’t cook, but I love that it’s the general gathering space in our house.

Antiques, modern, or a mix? Modern

Last item bought for your home: Le Creuset Cast Iron cookware set

Next planned purchase: Lemon and Lime trees for the patio. Though my husband wants a Green Egg grill thing.

Favorite way to entertain: I love a casual get-together around the kitchen island or fire pit. A few bottles of wine, charcuterie boards, and good conversation with family and friends.

Clutter-free or well-lived in? Clutter-free…I don’t even like to bring extra mail in the house

Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: Totally Modern




Your go-to workout: Classes at Row House

Most fun way to exercise: Loud playlist and bright workout clothes

Group exercise or solo: Group exercise. I’m pretty competitive, so I tend to push myself harder in a group setting

Fitness goal: Just to workout everyday

Haven’t yet, but might be willing to try with coaching / encouragement: Weightlifting

Proudest fitness achievement: Ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in D.C.





Favorite spot in Alexandria: Walking along the Waterfront

Last purchase in Alexandria: Bookclub selections from Old Town Books

Favorite spots for…  

Best Coffee: Misha’s

Happy Hour: Oysters and cocktails at Hi-Tide Lounge. Grab a table by the window- it’s perfect for people watching!

Date Night: La Fromagerie

Favorite annual Alexandria event: Scottish Parade



  • The latest from Danielle
Danielle, owner of the fibre space shop, has been knitting since the age of six or so, when she completed her first project – a Cabbage Patch doll scarf. A Pittsburgh native with a degree in international development, she moved to the D.C. area to find a job and quickly established a career in non profit management and fundraising. For extra cash, she decided to turn her hobby into a job and taught knitting classes in the evening at area shops. With a heavy dose of sarcasm and a tough love style of teaching, Danielle quickly developed a following of students – busy D.C. professionals looking for a creative outlet. In October 2006, she struck out on her own with Knit-a-Gogo, Inc. – offering knitting classes and events all over the D.C. metro area. Before she knew it, Knit-a-Gogo had grown out of control and Danielle moved to the next natural step – a full service yarn shop. In July 2009 fibre space was born and has been rockin’ ever since. When she isn’t behind the scenes with a mocha in hand, Danielle is hanging with her daughter or lobbying for small business needs at City Hall.

fibre space™ specializes in unique yarns and fibres from hand dyed, independent, local and U.S.-made sources for knitting, crochet & spinning. Enjoy our wide selection of classes, designer workshops, yarn tastings, movie nights & more. Join the community in our comfy lounge, and let the helpful staff at fibre space™ get you started on your next handmade creation!

1319 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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