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. 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 5th 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, and I use our Mini Marché Bag everyday.
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? The Raffia Collection- like all Artemis products, they are handmade by skilled artisans. However the artisans who make our Raffia collection are all women who do not have a lot of options when it comes to making money. By making our beautiful raffia shoes they're given a chance to provide for themselves and their families.
What room in your house resonates most with you?
My bathroom, I try to keep self-care my number one priority. My bathroom is where I practice most of my daily self-care rituals.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given? Don't sweat the small stuff.
Most beautiful places you’ve ever traveled to? I went to Japan in January 2016, the landscape was breathtaking. I felt so safe there, it was so peaceful.
Dream trip? My goal is to visit as many cities/countries as I can, I have been dying to go to Berlin, Prague, and Morocco.
What is your favorite book, and why? Ever changing! My favorite piece of classic literature is Catcher in the Rye, I love the way Salinger captures the human thought in his writing.
Can't live without? Coffee, soul music, conversing with family and friends over a meal, and creating/making/designing.
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.
Favorite Artemis product, and why? The Carpets! I love modern (Scandinavian) design which mostly uses light/white tones contrasting with black outlines, so having a surface that injects beautiful colors, soft material and unique design is a wonderful art statement.
What room in your house resonates most with you? My Living room is full of books and architecture magazines, plus my pride and joy Rotel stereo system with my Mirage tower speakers. After my two daughters go to bed I will sit and read a book while I listen to music and sometimes enjoy a nice craft beer.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given? My pa once told me “its not the destination but its the journey that you should learn to enjoy”. I’ve been applying this to the many things I do and I believe it has given me a greater appreciation for everything that is involved in the overall picture. The actual process of cooking with my daughters, going on a long hike, or slowly getting better practicing a hard piano piece has become so much more rewarding thanks to that piece of advice.
Most beautiful places you’ve ever traveled to? Iceland - almost all of it is jaw dropping, day or night. Austrian Alps - unforgiving sharp snow covered edges overlooking little chalets. Most of Tokyo - technologically automated resembling something 50 years from now, but culturally continuously reflective of its rich old history.
Dream trip? Hike across Greenland glaciers, then boat over to Iceland and hike over the volcanoes. This followed by a quick flight to Faroe Islands with more hiking followed by another boat ride to Norway where I’d drive and hike from south to north.
What is your favorite book, and why? Two great books I read since living in Boston that really stuck in my head are “The Story of Art” and “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage”. “The Story of Art” by E.H. Gombrich details how art has evolved since its recognized beginnings and it does an amazing story explaining how each era was captured in art, what life and existence was like and so forth. “Endurance” on the other hand documents the survival and escape from the Antarctic by Ernest Shackleton and his crew.
Can’t live without? Music, travel, and my family.
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.
Favorite Artemis product: My favorite product (right now) is the baby duffle handbag. I love every single one - I can’t wait to get my own!
What room in your house most resonates with you? My bedroom because I’m surrounded by things I love.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given? Find some way to be happy at least once a day. And cliché, but so true and easy - “treat others the way you would like to be treated”.
Most beautiful places you’ve ever traveled to? The South of France and Iceland!
What is your favorite book, and why? F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, because it reminds me to live life to the fullest you can and not sweat the small stuff. I also love milk and honey, by Rupi Kaur.
Dream trip? Thailand is number one on my list, so anything involving visiting there! Or anywhere with my closest friends.
Can’t live without? My family, friends, music, sunsets and my camera!