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
Our creations are everyday heirlooms, designed to be worn daily and loved for a long time.
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Our Mission At Artemis
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 our 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.