With a passion for fashion and a mission to stay stylish, HUB Clothing finds inspiration for the latest trends by traveling the world. Visiting fashion capitals, such as Paris and London, owner Jennifer Mumford chooses the best-of-the-best collections to share with the Valley of the Sun, especially the Scottsdale area.
“It’s important to see what other cities are doing in regards to fashion,” Mumford says. “I make sure to go to trade shows in different cities, such as L.A and San Francisco, as well as the showrooms of different vendors.”
Whether it’s within the country or abroad, Mumford believes there is something to be learned.
Since 1992 when it opened in Scottsdale, HUB has brought men’s and women’s collections, including Nudie, G-Star and Diesel, to the area. The store is renowned for being the first to have specific items in stock.
“We were the first to get TOMS shoes, and now they are everywhere,” Mumford says. “That was really exciting.” TOMS is just one example of how travel has given HUB inspiration and impacted the business.
Sometimes inspiration is found when it’s not sought after. Mumford says she gets ideas from going on vacation or reading magazines such as Vogue and GQ.
Although HUB gains influence from all over the world, the top priority is the happiness of customers here in the Valley, Mumford says. And HUB stays true to its vision: buying for customers. Mumford says she relies on her instincts when making a purchase.
“You have to remember who your client is,” Mumford adds. “If you buy clothes just for the trend, it could be hit or miss.”
It’s this individualized customer service and loyalty to its customers that Mumford says sets HUB apart from other clothing stores like it. Employees understand that a customer is more than a sale; in fact, they are known on a first-name basis, and employees strive to make each person who walks in the store feel welcome and special, she adds.
“I hire people who have a passion for the fashion industry, and they are trained to know all about our products and how they fit,” Mumford says. “You walk in, and we can fit you into the perfect pair of jeans.”
According to Mumford, this unique experience intertwined with trendy inspiration gained by travel makes HUB the place it is.
“I travel to go and look at what’s going to translate best for my clientele,” Mumford says. “Traveling is a necessity.”