Friday, August 17, 2012

Q & A with Painted Bird

It is rare that I find a summer shoe that makes me consider wearing anything to cover my Hamptontoes! I thought I was happiest wearing my Havaianas flip flops during the warmer months. Several weeks ago I was introduced to Painted Bird sandals via Tiptoe Butterfly. I was instantly smitten with the colorful options and eye catching designs. 
I had no idea that these shoes would become conversation starters. Every single time I have worn my sandals I have been stopped by many admirers of the shoes!

Painted Bird just launched this summer with "deleting the inventory and waiting to be replinished" type of success! I jumped at the opportunity to interview one of the two owners/designers, Nicole Halpern.
Hamptontoes: Painted Bird is the creation of you and your business partner, Jennifer Samson. You ladies have very impressive backgrounds in design, fashion, and public relations with such companies as Style Network and Ferragamo. How did you conceive the idea to create your own shoe line?
Painted Bird, Nicole: It is an idea that we had been marinating since having kids. We combined our experiences and expertise to follow our passion for creating stylish shoes that are vibrant, comfortable, and easy to wear. As beach gals, we needed shoes that would tolerate sand being shaken out of them and look chic enough to wear on outings day or night.
Hamptontoes: How did you come up with your company name and logo of a peacock?
Painted Bird, Nicole: Jennifer and I have a love of birds. The peacock is the bird of India, where our shoes are hand crafted.

Hamptontoes: Wow, I love that your shoes are handmade and not machine produced. Can you tell me more about this process?
Painted Bird, Nicole: Our shoes are created by a group of female artisans in a small community in India. Each pair is hand crocheted. These shoes are like indivdual jewels, every pair is one of a kind. Each artisan makes about two pair per day using pesticide free dyes.
Hamptontoes: Where can Painted Bird sandals be purchased?
Painted Bird, Nicole: At this juncture in our endeavor, we are primarily online. We do have a few shops in our town of Laguna Beach, California that are carrying the shoes and one shop in Los Angeles.

Hamptontoes: How did you come up fun shoe names such as Zell, Chickadee, Ruby, etc?
Painted Bird, Nicole: Jennifer and I, along with our families, reside in Laguna Beach, California and decided to name the collection after local street names.

Hamptontoes: Will you be adding a Fall lineup to your collection?
Painted Bird, Nicole: We plan to do a limited edition utilizing metallics. 

Hamptontoes: Right now there is a sale going on, I bet the shoes are selling like hotcakes!  
Painted Bird, Nicole: Yes!
All images were used with permission by Nicole of Painted Bird.
Hamptontoes: What does the future hold for Painted Bird? I bet stylish moms are begging you to produce a children's line?
Painted Bird, Nicole: We will continue to focus on our shoes. Perhaps, adding a children's line next Spring? 

Hamptontoes: How can Painted Bird enthusiasts keep up to date with your happenings?
Painted Bird, Nicole: Like us on Facebook , follow us on Twitter, view our Instagram and Pinterest pages too! 

Need inspiration for pulling together a color palette for a room? Check out their collection, these shoes offer many ideas.

Kudos to the Painted Bird ladies! Who is off to look at their website and perhaps, add to their shoe collection?


The Silver Bunny said...

I am , although Summer is finished for me and I do NOT need a new pair of shoes. These are very original, no wonder they became a conversation piece !

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

LOVVVVEEEEEE them! - i wear mine ALL the time - i want a few more pairs but their out of my size :o( .. i can't wait for their new shipment in!

miss ya babycakes! - hope ur summer is AMAZING!

The Zhush said...

WOW, new to this company, very cool find, thanks for sharing!:)

Hamptontoes said...

The Zhush, you could wear these in Florida long after we've had to stow away our summer shoes here in the north!

Karena said...

Barbara, a great interview and the shoes are gorgeous, unique and colorful, off to their site right now!

Art by Karena
2012 Artist Series featuring Harrison Howard

Anonymous said...

Love these and they look comfy. I may just have to order a blue pair! I think they would sell like hotcakes for children too! xo

Lisa Mende Design said...

I so love these! The main ones I wanted are out of stock! Do you think they will restock the out of stock soon? I want two pairs!!! So cute!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Hamptontoes said...

Lisa Mende Design, so glad you love the shoes! They are as comfortable as they are chic! Sign up for Painted Bird's emails and you will instantly know via email when your desired shoes are back in stock. Share the ones you pick!!

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