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I’ve always loved making things: hats, clothing, and purses. If it’s something you wear or use daily, I’ve made it. But in life, I’ve especially loved shoes and to learn how to make them became an obsession of mine. This obsession brought me to NYC--back then it was one of the only places in United States where you could still learn shoemaking. I studied at FIT in their accessory design department. At that time I designed for women, but found, after a long hiatus from the craft, that I had more fun designing for children. My defenses go down when I design for kids, my work is freer and more intuitive.

I remember at six-years-old begging for, and getting, a pair of red Buster Brown loafers. That night I gazed at them fondly from my bed—it was the night before my first day of kindergarten—and I knew that in those red shoes I would be able to face anything. At seven came my…

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  • Joined November 1, 2009

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I’ve always loved making things: hats, clothing, and purses. If it’s something you wear or use daily, I’ve made it. But in life, I’ve especially loved shoes and to learn how to make them became an obsession of mine. This obsession brought me to NYC--back then it was one of the only places in United States where you could still learn shoemaking. I studied at FIT in their accessory design department. At that time I designed for women, but found, after a long hiatus from the craft, that I had more fun designing for children. My defenses go down when I design for kids, my work is freer and more intuitive.

I remember at six-years-old begging for, and getting, a pair of red Buster Brown loafers. That night I gazed at them fondly from my bed—it was the night before my first day of kindergarten—and I knew that in those red shoes I would be able to face anything. At seven came my black cowboy boots with red and white topstitching. They gave me a certain swagger--Though other kids took the swagger from my step when they teased that I wore them because I couldn’t tie my shoes, which was true, but not why I wore them! 30 years later and I still find that shoes define my sense of identity. Slipping into a well worn, well-loved pair of shoes is as essential to my sense of self as a cup of morning coffee.
I hope that my designs will become a part of your kids life and will be remembered the way I remember my first favorite pairs of shoes.

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