Ours is a love story; a magical carpet ride started in 2007 when designer Milicent Armstrong first fell in love with shoes and bags made from vintage Kilim carpets on a trip to Istanbul.
After several years and lots of Kilim dreaming, Milicent found a small artisan workshop and launched the first Artemis collection out of her South End, Boston apartment in 2013. The combination of beautiful, worldly textiles in classic shapes was an instant hit, and Artemis Design Co. was born.
Over the years, our products have become staples in the closets of thoughtful, stylish men and women worldwide, who appreciate the delightful combination of outstanding quality, everyday comfort, and the use of beautiful textiles in charming, unconventional ways.
Handmade, timeless, & uncommonly beautiful
Always original, we believe that our beautiful vintage Kilim textiles, made largely by women artists, deserve to be repurposed and preserved for admiration and enjoyment.
We make beautiful things in a slow and careful way, using a treasured team of artisan suppliers and cobblers to ensure that our chain of production is hands-on, handmade, and brings us as much pride as the products themselves.
Our creations are everyday heirlooms, designed to be worn daily and loved for a long time.
Press & Collaborations
Here at Artemis, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to have garnered the attention and admiration of major publications such as the WSJ, the Boston Globe, Town and Country, Garden and Gun, Esquire, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Afar, to name a few, and we have also gained a cult following among world-renowned interior designers and magazine editors for the unique, one-of-a-kind, but also classic feel of our products.
Collaborations have been a cornerstone of our business and community building efforts with like minded companies and individuals. Notable collaborations include our (ongoing) collaboration with iconic designer Charlotte Moss, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, and exclusive collections for renowned retailers such as MATCHES fashion, Anthropologie, Madewell, and United Arrows of Japan, among others.
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 all of our new Moss Mules. They are so comfortable and easy to wear for so many different occasions. Oh, and did I mention our Travel bags? The chicest way to travel!
What room in your house resonates most with you? In our new house in Marblehead, we have a teeny little library with a fireplace that we call the "snug". We always find ourselves in there reading, drinking coffee (or wine), and cozying up by the fire.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given? So simple- 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. The Chamonix ski mountain in France. Muscongus and Penobscot Bay in Maine.
Dream trip? Capri and the Italian coast in the summertime. Paris, anytime. I used to live there, and I am always dreaming about my next trip.
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. Good books. Creative projects whether painting, home improvement, gardening, etc. Good food. Broken in Levi’s. Cashmere sweaters. Artemis Kilim shoes. Friendship, Maine (a midcoast town where I've always spent 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.