Fall ’14 Seasonal Inspiration (part 3)

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For Fall ’14 inspiration we looked to our most beloved books, and the muses kindly smiled on us. Just take a look at the Charlotte bootie. A meditation on Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice transported us to the nineteenth-century English countryside and resulted in an ankle boot with equal parts sense and style. Inspired by the ornate equestrian gear of the period, the Charlotte ankle bootie features burnished leather and whipstitch detailing along with a hand-finished heel and antiqued metal pull. And in case there’s any doubt of this boot’s literary influences, we included a feather quill printed on the sole to reveal some true character. Start a love story when you step into these chic ankle boots and take pride in a new classic.

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Redefine Happy Hour

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No hour of the day is more universally loved more than Happy Hour. The mere mention of it conjures notions of half-priced appetizers and fancy drinks with mini umbrellas. But if you take a deeper dive into what Happy Hour really is, you’ll find more often than not its a time-out from the stress of work, and it usually involves a social gathering of some sort accompanied by playful banter amongst friends. I you think about it, Happy Hour can pretty much take place anywhere, anytime of day, as long as you’re sharing it with the right folks.

Langley Fox Hemingway, great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway has her own take on Happy Hour. For Langley, the happiest hour of the day may be catching up at her favorite diner, checking out a new art exhibit or simply taking a stroll on a rainy day. With Musician Z Berg and Amelia Rynkowska by her side, a little rain can dampen the fun for these free spirits. They know Happy Hour lives in moments when we can truly be ourselves.

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Meet Hanneli Mustaparta

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Keeping up with Hanneli Mustaparta would pose a challenge for even the most organized person. The New York-based photographer, blogger and model zigzags across the world attending fashion shows and meetings with glossy magazine editors in the most glamorous of locations. “So much of my life is a race,” she explains. “Everything moves so fast.”

Indeed—in the digital world, where Mustaparta has over 150,000 followers on Instagram to satisfy—constant updates are her lifeblood. For Mustaparta, though, time away from screens, clicks and likes is essential to keep her energy up. Born and raised in Norway, where fjords, mountains and elk are familiar sights, she still loves to get lost in nature. “Sometimes I have to make time for me,” she says. “I go somewhere peaceful, where the noise of the city seems far away.” There’s little sign that she’s likely to give it all up and move to a country cottage, however. Mustaparta sees the city and the country as two sides of the same coin. “It’s in these still, private moments that I have time to let my shoulders down and make my connections to the world tangible,” she says. “Then I’m ready for those big moments back in the city—whatever they might be.” The exact nature of those moments may be a mystery for now, but there’s no doubt that there are many more of them still to come.

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Tom Brady Calls a Time-Out

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In sports, taking a time-out is a way to catch your breath or devise a new strategy. The same applies to life. Unfortunately, a time out away from everyday obligations is too often put on the backburner. Daily errands, social commitments, and the 9-5 grind has a way of eating up the day. Which makes the moments when you can get away, clear your head, and catch your breath, that much more valuable.

For star quarterback Tom Brady, it’s easy to assume his biggest moments happen on the field, when millions of fans are watching. But often, Tom’s most cherished moments aren’t measured in first downs. They unfold off the field, away from the stadium lights. Sometimes, after the touchdown passes and bright lights of press conferences, Tom calls a time out of his own. He takes it off the gridiron and onto the green to join his Dad in a round of golf. He and his father had a tradition of hitting the links every weekend from the time he was in grade school up until he left for college. It was on the golf course that he learned many of the life lessons that shaped who he is today.

In the ever-evolving game we call life, we only get so many time-outs. They don’t come around as often as they should. And one thing’s for certain,  you’ll never wish you’d spent them at the office. So take a time-out the next time you get the opportunity. These are the moments you’ll remember. This is what life’s all about.

 


All American | Introducing our new Made in America Collection

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As we embark on Labor Day weekend, we’re excited to highlight our new Made In America collection, and share a little about the labor and soul that is put into each hand-stitched shoe.

Our Director of Men’s Footwear, Patrick Armitage, is no stranger to quality materials and exquisite design. It was only fitting that we partner with three American companies to produce a collection of exclusive, hand-sewn footwear crafted with the same standards we hold our own. From hand-crafted designs to premium leather, the collection offers a range of styles that are sure to become closet staples, and last for years to come. We caught up with Patrick to discuss the exciting range of shoes from the Harrisburg boot to the Lewiston slipper. He shared his take as to what makes this collection different from any other, and what aspects of each shoe is his favorite.

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What comes to mind when a product is ‘Made in America?’

There’s something romantic about the heritage, the craftsmanship, and the artisan techniques. There was a time when these skills were passed down from parent to child. Anything we can do to keep this industry alive – it’s worth the effort. It’s like your grandmother’s recipe. It takes longer to prepare, requires finding the freshest ingredients, but the end result is so worth the effort. I completely ‘geek-out’ watching a craftsman, with two needles, hand stitch a slipper upper or the sound of a Goodyear welt machine on the factory floor…there’s nothing like it.

 

A lot of footwear is made in the US, how do these stand apart?

The Made in America, UGG for Men collection – are made by hand. Leather quality is essential. Every tanner has a recipe for different leathers. And when they get it right… you don’t change it!  And don’t even get me started about the smell of good leather.  I don’t have to explain this to those out there that know.

 

What details of this line are you particularly proud of?

There is so much effort required to stitch and last these shoes when being made by hand…it’s not an easy task. It’s hard work executed with strong, experienced hands. When you wear a pair of these shoes, you are wearing and showcasing this labor and the soul that was put into making them. Each pair is unique.  

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There’s a lot of history between the Horween Tannery, Addison Shoe Company, and the Quoddy Workshop – can you talk a little to why these partnerships are so special?

The nature of working with leather requires adjusting and manipulation that can only be done by hand. Quoddy – our partner for our Made in USA slipper collection has a great video on their site. It gives you a peek into the quality construction. Quoddy is keeping hand-sewn footwear alive and well.

Horween – in my opinion, is one of the highest quality leathers available. Horween has been creating their beautiful product generation after generation for over 100 years – since 1905.  They took the stand to never cutting corners – their focus has always been on quality… and it shows. In fact, one of the leathers we use was developed 100 years ago.

The Addison Shoe Co. has had a long history making high quality footwear. They are our source of Goodyear welted construction.  The process and quality of this type of construction will allow years of wear. The Made in America collection is very special, and it comes from combining quality materials and craftsmanship.

Can you give us a sneak peek of any upcoming new UGG for Men styles?

Sneak peek? Two innovations: Twinsole and Treadlite for UGG. You’ll need to make room in your closet.

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