The idea for Artemis Design Co. was born on a trip to Istanbul in 2007. The designer, Milicent Armstrong, saw and fell in love with Kilim carpet bags, Kilim shoes and all of the other accessories that were repurposed from the beautiful flat-woven textile. Several years later, while attending Interior Design school, Armstrong made her way back to Istanbul, found a small artisan workshop willing to work with her, and began production on her first run of products. These first pieces took the concept of repurposing Kilims and altered the designs to suit modern, classic shapes.
The first collection, sold out of Armstrong's South End apartment, became an instant hit, and was quickly picked up by renowned retailer Steven Alan. Artemis Design Co. has grown since then and has garnered the attention of the WSJ, Town & Country, and Esquire magazine to name a few, and has also gained a cult following among world-renowned interior designers and magazine editors for its unique, one-of-a-kind, but also classic feel. Artemis has created special collections for Steven Alan, the iconic British brand MATCHES fashion, Anthropologie, Madewell, United Arrows of Japan, and Joseph Abboud, amongst others.
Reminiscent of Artemis’ modern-day collaborative creations, Armstrong's family learned the art of carpet weaving and entered into the textile business in Turkey in the beginning of the 19th century. They brought the craft back to the United States and opened a carpet factory in Worcester, Massachusetts- M.J. Whittall. Whittall carpets furnished the White House, and other notable American homes. Textile art has been an integral part of Milicent's family for centuries.
Artemis is best known for its magical "Flying Carpet Shoes" -- one-of-a-kind Kilim loafers and Kilim smoking shoes that are handmade from genuine Turkish carpets.
Artemis is going into its 7th year of business, and Armstrong travels back to Turkey regularly to oversee production and source heaps of Kilim carpets for future collections.
Our Mission At Artemis
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.
Favorite Artemis product, and why? Our Kilim Slides. They are so adorable and comfortable! I can’t walk one block without someone stopping to ask me where they are from. I also love our Kilim Smoking Shoes.
What room in your house resonates most with you? My bedroom- it features big bay windows with trees directly outside...it feels like being in a tree house and when it snows it feels like I’m living in a snow globe. I love curling up with a good book, a latte and my dog Gerry!
What is the best piece of advice you have been given? My parents always told me to be kind to absolutely everyone you meet.
Most beautiful places you’ve ever traveled to? The south western coast of Ireland, Big Sur in California.
Dream trip? Capri and the Italian coast in the summertime.
What is your favorite book, and why? “The Museum of Innocence" by Orhan Pamuk. It is the most incredible love story based in Istanbul. There is an actual museum in the city that is dedicated to this love story. It is incredibly moving, and I visit every time I travel to Istanbul.
Can’t live without? My family and husband, and my dog Gerry. Anna’s Taqueria, Levi’s, Artemis Kilim shoes, and Friendship, Maine (a midcoast town where I grew up spending summers).
Favorite Artemis product, and why? Definitely the Velvet Slippers! So much style, and a great little heel, but the ease of a slip-on.
What room in your house resonates most with you? My living room, where I can usually be found curled up with a book or a piece of needlepoint. Art on the walls, music playing in the background, my dog Tina slowly taking over the entire sofa...such a happy place!
What is the best piece of advice you have been given? Always celebrate the little victories!
Most beautiful places you’ve ever traveled to? Nuwara Elia, Sri Lanka--gorgeous, lush tea country. Malapascua, Philippines, for crystal clear water.
Dream trip? Too many to choose just one! I think my next trip will be to Europe, though--Italy and Portugal are calling my name.
What is your favorite book, and why? "The Sparrow" by Mary Doria Russell. I first read it during a favorite college course, and revisit it almost every year.
Can't live without? Quiet mornings, the people I love, green spaces.
What is your favorite Artemis Product, and why? I love the Kilim Slides! I think they’re a modern take on timeless fashion. Slides are so popular these days, and the bold colors add a new element of fun to any outfit. I also love the Mini Marché Bag. It reminds me of spending time in Massachusetts growing up.
What room in your house resonates the most with you? Definitely my living room. It’s full of pictures of friends and family that I don’t always get to see. During the holidays we tape Christmas cards from loved ones around the doorway to the living room, and that’s one of my favorite traditions that I hope to pass on to my own family one day.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? “Love between the four walls around you,” told to me by one of my dearest friends Tom. It’s a constant reminder to love where you are right now and make the most of any situation. I have the phrase hung in my bedroom and also keep a note with it on it in my wallet at all times.
Most beautiful place you have ever traveled to? Lambert’s Cove Beach on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It’s my #1 spot to bring friends and family to when I’m on the Vineyard.
Dream trip? Marrakech or the Amalfi Coast with my Dad, whom I owe all of my wanderlust to.
What is your favorite book, and why? "Classic Style" by Kate Schelter. It’s the perfect blend of memoir, style guide and self help summarized around Schelter’s childhood growing up on Cape Cod. I picked it up last summer and read the entire thing in an afternoon. After reading it I decided to pick up watercoloring and told myself I would write a coffee table book one day. I always read it when I need to feel inspired.
Can't live without? Janna, my best friend of 20 years, my amazing family, iced coffee, baseball, my camera, my grandma’s signet ring, and sweet and spicy jalapeño Cape Cod Chips.