Photo Journal: One Morning in Maine

This past weekend we traveled to Maine as a company for our first ever retreat. Weekend highlights included; lots of yoga, a lobster dinner, s'mores, plenty of laughs and some work too...

Each morning we started our day with a yoga class instructed by Mihaela Dumea, our private yoga instructor. Check her out on instragam: @breathewithyoga

Gerry exploring the landscape of our workspace.

Our main objective for the weekend was to write our mission and vision for Artemis Design Co., and to brainstorm new ways to build community, and delight our customers.

Mission

"We make charming shoes for curious people, delivered with uncommon care and delight. We strive to make everyone we touch dream, and make every customer we serve feel unique."

Vision:

"To build a community of Artemisians who are inspired to engage more deeply with the world and its many layers of beauty."

Our new Kilim Sandals in the Maine landscape.

Lobster for dinner, followed by s'mores. What could be better?

We spent a lot of the retreat in our new Kilim Sandals.

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Profile: Julia Amory

What is your favorite Artemis Design Co. item, and why?
Can't limit myself to one. The Classic Kilim Loafers are my every day neutral but given i've always felt strongly that I was intended to be born in 18th century France, the Jane Silk Loafers are a bit evocative of Versailles - an elegant and exotic Ikat that makes my heart sing! 

What is your most memorable/special piece of clothing, jewelry, or accessory?
My great grandmother's wedding band which I wear with my wedding and engagement ring. Evidently she liked sapphires too! 

What room in your house resonates the most with you, and why? 
The whole house! It's a cohesive experience. We've been working hard to jazz up the interior in anticipation of the summer ahead  - lots of Lee Jofa chintz which will only get better with time - meant to brighten and highlight many generations worth of collected treasures (and junk). I believe in facelifts rather than redecorating. 
 
What is your favorite book, and why? 
Duc de Sant Simon Historical Memoirs (as mentioned - addicted to the French Revolution) and Anna Karenina as imperial Russian history is a close second...

Best advice you've ever received?
Nothing worth having is easily earned - there is no greater feeling than accomplishment

Best travel advice you've ever received?
My grandfather, Peter Megargee Brown (look him up, his memoirs are a hoot, especially "Village") advocated traveling to Bermuda (for the soul) and Paris (for the mind) as often as one could afford - advice i've heeded.

Most memorable travel experience?
Always Bermuda - see above, it feeds the soul.

Dream future trip? 
Castles of the Auvergne-Rhone Alpes

Cannot live without?
My emotionally disturbed English Cream Dachshund, Gracie...and of course, my growing collection of Artemis slippers.

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Photo Journal: Memorial Day Weekend

Milicent went to her family home in Maine. It was a little bit cloudy and rainy which made for a cozy weekend indoors! We showcased our spring velvet mule, velvet slipper, velvet slide, silk mule, silk slipper, silk loafer and Kilim shoes this weekend in our Memorial Day Weekend travels.

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Photo Journal: Skinny Dipping on Nantucket

Now open! Our shop-within-a-shop at The Skinny Dip is fully stocked with all of our most popular styles as well as a limited edition Silk Ikat Loafer (pictured on the right) that we created exclusively for The Skinny Dip Nantucket!

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Photo Journal: The Brimfield Antique Show

We set up shop at the Brimfield Antique Market for the spring show. We brought our most popular styles of Kilim shoes and Kilim loafers for men and women.

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Charlotte Moss for IBU Collection

We feel so thrilled to announce our second Kilim shoes collection with Charlotte Moss for IBU Movement!  The four styles that we created in collaboration with them are now available on ibumovement.com


For this spring collection, legendary Interior Designer Charlotte Moss selected some of favorite silk Ikats from the women's collective in Uzbekistan that we have partnered with in the past.  The luxurious silks are paired with a classic shape, the mule, creating a collection that is as easy to wear as it is beautiful and fun.  


A little bit about Charlotte and Susan.  Charlotte Moss is a world famous Interior Designer and writer, considered to be one of the great masters of the design world.  She made her first foray into the world of fashion by working with Susan and IBU Movement, designing a collection of luxurious, beautiful pieces for women to treasure and wear for a long time. 


Susan Walker founded a womenswear brand called IBU Movement.  She employs 71 women's artisan groups in 24 countries and believes in paying women more than fair wages for the beautiful work they create.  Before founding IBU, Susan studied world religions at the Harvard Divinity School and served as a minister for 18 years.  Susan then studied Fiber Arts at SCAD and developed a strong eye and a passion for weaving, and more importantly for helping support women and their crafts in other parts of the world.  She is truly as special as she sounds, and one of the most generous people I've had the pleasure of working with. 

After spending months emailing back and forth about our first Kilim Shoes collaboration, I met Susan and Charlotte in person in the lobby bar of the illustrious El Fenn hotel, deep in the maze of Marrakech Medina. Both women had just flown in from New York and Charleston, SC, we overlapped in Morocco for just one night.  It was a crazy coincidence that we were both collaborating on a project and in Morocco at the same time.  It was a treat to spend an evening brainstorming design ideas and talking color with these two legends. 


The last collection sold out very quickly, so if you like them, I would recommend scooping them up quickly, here  


xx,

Milicent

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Profiles: Coco, Riley, & Madeline

In our Artemis Profile series, we feature friends, customers, and Artemis community members in their natural element.

In honor of our new Children's Kilim Loafers (released now!), we chose to profile a few very stylish young friends in the Artemis Community.  

With every purchase of a pair of our children’s shoes, we are donating a portion of proceeds to The Children's Defense Fund, and American non profit that focuses on child advocacy and research.  Their mission is to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life, especially advocating for children who carry the burden of poverty and/or inequality.

Why did you put this look together? Or, what do you love about this look? I love this look with the red bandana and jeans because it brings out the red in my kilim shoes.
What is your favorite thing about your Artemis kilim shoes? My favorite thing is that they're a pair but they don't look exactly the same.
What is your favorite thing about dressing up? I love dressing up because it makes me feel special and different from other people.
Favorite moment from the past year? There's so many to choose from...........my top two are the Father/Daughter dance we had at my school last month and when it snowed one morning at our house this past January (it never snows here!).  
Who is your style icon? Susan Turner, who is our neighbor and wears lots of gold necklaces and bracelets.

Why did you put this look together? Or, what do you love about this look? The Cardigan Has glitter sparkles and I love sparkles! I love the shoes because they literally go with anything!
What is your favorite thing about your Artemis kilim shoes? knowing that they are one of a kind and made from a kilim rug is so cool. They fit perfectly and everyone loves them! I just love the colors so much!
What is your favorite thing about dressing up? You get to be so creative!
Favorite moment from the past year? We got our LITTLE LUX necklaces into Nordstroms!
Who is your style icon? Iris Apfel.

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Artemis Profile: Peter Sholley

What is your favorite Artemis Design Co. item, and why?


I love the loafers because they go with just about any outfit I'm rocking and are a perfectly easy size to pack. Little known fact: they're also the best skateboarding shoes on the market.

What is your most memorable/special piece of clothing, jewelry, or accessory?


My friends will laugh, but my most special piece is the signet ring my dad gave me on my eighteenth birthday.


What room in your house resonates the most with you, and why? 


The living room - I'm a happy guy whenever the whole family is home and in there sitting by the fire.

What is your favorite book, and why? 


Just Kids, by Patti Smith. Simply put, it made me want to move to New York where I now live.


Cannot live without?


Two-way tie between good music and a light and refreshing snack on-hand.


Most memorable travel experience?


Studying abroad in Barcelona.


Dream future trip? 


Backpacking Machu Picchu or anywhere in Peru.


Best advice you've ever received?


"Have a thick skin and a short memory."



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