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.
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!
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