About TSG Alexandria Editor Alison Teer:
Alison’s love for style, shopping, and scouting fantastic finds started early. A native of Alexandria, she remembers seeing a bikini at a store in Old Town when she was way too young to wear one. When her mother refused to buy it, she took matters into her own hands, cutting a one-piece Florence Eiseman bathing suit in two.

Alison’s first job was working for fashion designer Michael Kors in New York (this was pre-Project Runway, and before Michael’s billion dollar IPO). As only the 23rd employee for the company, Alison got a glimpse into all aspects of the luxury fashion business. As the Creative Image Manager, she oversaw MK’s first international advertising campaign, both creatively and strategically; developed Michael Kors collateral; and managed international branding with the company’s many licensees. When not working, Alison loved trying new restaurants and exploring different neighborhoods in NYC. She lived in the meatpacking district before mega-brands and museums replaced actual meatpackers, and it was not uncommon for her to get a stiletto stuck in a cobblestone scurrying to Pastis for an after work glass of Sancerre.

After four years in New York and a year in Paris, Alison returned to Washington and launched Alison Lukes et Cie, a personal styling and shopping business. She also met her husband, Emerson Teer, at her 10th Episcopal High School reunion, with whom she now has two sons, Pierson and Wilshire. Along with their dachshund, Pork Chop, they live just south of Old Town, where they love getting out on the Potomac and exploring old favorites and new finds.

When Alison heard about The Scout Guide, she was excited about the opportunity to showcase everything that drew her back to Alexandria and what she loves about her hometown…and of course to scout and discover new artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, and independent businesses. She loves celebrating and sharing the stories of the many unique, talented, and creative local tastemakers who make up her town.

Alison’s Three Favorite Reasons to Visit Alexandria, Virginia: 

  1. Old Town. With its busy tree-lined streets, historical landmarks, independent boutiques, and excellent restaurants, Old Town is the perfect mix of colonial history with modern flair.
  2. The Parades. Alexandria has a rich history of bringing the community together with several unique and colorful parades throughout the year. From the lively St. Patrick’s Day in March to the holiday kick-off Scottish Walk in December featuring bagpipes, Scottish dancers, and Scottie dogs—Alexandria always finds an excuse for a parade!
  3. The Characters. There is no shortage of interesting and creative craftsmen, artists, entrepreneurs, and thinkers in Alexandria. On any given day, you could have a conversation with a local artist while they craft their latest masterpiece, pick up a one-of-a-kind gift at a local boutique, spot a tour guide dressed up in traditional colonial garb, or settle in for a show at one of the city’s many theaters.

Words Alison Lives By:
“You can never be overdressed or over educated.” —Oscar Wilde