Great Graduation Gifts, According to Our Graduate

There is nothing that makes me feel older that when someone who I remember as a young child starts working at our store. This is the case with Mary Ives Giblin. When she emailed me a few months back about doing her Episcopal High School externship at the stores, I jumped at the chance. We’ve had multiple young women from this program over the years and it has always worked out great for them and us.

Here is the thing about these young women: they are so mature, kind, eager to work, and, oh yes, they all seem to have amazing style. Last year when our intern arrived I had to up my own fashion game.

Having them at the store is such a breath of fresh air, and did I mention they know what more about social media than any of us? In the fast-evolving world of retail, this is a real value-add.

I figured since I have so many folks coming in asking about what to get for graduation, why don’t I have an actual grad tell us what she would want?

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Mini Madeline Earrings by Mignonne Gavigan | The perfect earrings for showing some school spirit while still looking cute! (Available at The Shoe Hive, $125)
Superstar Natural Canvas by Golden Goose | These comfortable and cute sneakers can go with any outfit and would always add a little flavor to your daily class attire with the touch of pink. (Available at The Shoe Hive, $495)
Leonard White Tortoise Sunglasses by Illesteva | Sunglasses are a MUST, especially if you’re going to school in Texas, and the white tortoise is a great touch to this simple pair. (Available at The Hive, $177)
Editor Bag by Think Rolyn | Simple yet chic bag for carrying around all of your classroom necessities! The dark color is also great for hiding any daily wear and tear. (Available at The Hive, $52)
Carly Kick Flare by Veronica Beard | These jeans would be great for class. They are, most importantly, comfortable, but also easy to dress up or down. The white stripe down the side makes them unique from any other, ordinary pair of jeans. (Available at The Hive, $298)
Ibiza by Manebi, Multicolor Fringes | Easy to slip on and can add color to any outfit…definitely the ideal college sandal! (Available at the Shoe Hive, $170)


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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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  1. Avatar charlotte goblin says:

    Sweetest girl I know and love…..

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