Hi everyone! Today I wanted to introduce you to B.A.I.T footwear (if you haven't been already). This past month I have had the pleasure of working with lovely ladies behind this start up business and I can't rave enough about them, so sweet and so talented. Their designs are vintage inspired with a modern flare and I would like a pair of every single one of them please and thank you. Look out for their fall line debuting some time this month. The sneak peeks I have seen are to die for! Read on to get to know the ladies behind the scenes a little better.
How did B.a.i.t footwear begin?
B.a.i.t. Footwear was started with the vision and dream of our designer and owner Julie Kim in the summer of 2011. Julie had spent many years in the shoe business as a designer for numerous brands, but just last year decided it was time to create shoes that she personally loved and had a passion for; Vintage inspired lovely shoes!
A typical day in our office consists of so many things..we are just a few girls here working towards a goal and dream so each day is filled with answering emails from our customers, packing boxes for shipment, working on design ideas for future collections (we all collaborate together), taking out the trash...eating cupcakes and drinking fruit punch..:)
The day to day stuff is sometimes not as fun as we would like, but we are together and we lean on each other for support and that's what makes it so special!
A dream come true for us here at B.a.i.t. is really a simple one. To be able to continue doing what we love, while creating the kinds of shoes that all of you girls love! It's not easy being a small brand in today's economy. There are so many choices and so many bigger companies that have huge financial power for advertising and promotions. We of course depend solely on the support of our customers and therefore its a bit harder to do all the things we wish we could...but hopefully that will change in the coming years ahead. We just want to stay true to ourselves and true to our girl. That is our main goal, no matter what happens.
Our design inspiration comes from many places. We do a lot of research on vintage footwear, but we try to always put a modern touch into each style. We have an extensive library of vintage catalogs and magazines that we've collected throughout the years. We also find inspiration from old movies and music. We love the 50's and 60's and our Fall 2012 collection really has a ton of influence from those eras. It's really nice because Julie really works on our designs as a collaboration. We all sit around and look at the final line up and if something in the line doesn't feel right, it pretty much drops out. It's a simple formula. We have to all LOVE it, or else it doesn't work.
Where do we see ourselves in 5 years...? Well, we hope to still be designing the shoes that we love and making wonderful friends and customers along the way. We would be most grateful to be healthy and happy and working just as hard as we are today and making a living doing it! I think that's the dream and goal of any small start up business right?
Thanks so much Ladies!! Now time for a lovely giveaway! One lucky manzanita reader will win a pair of The Dennisse Wedges in winner's choice of color. These shoes are super cute and they come in a great colors! You can see me styling them in red here.
-Visit B.A.I.T footwear and leave a comment telling me which color you would choose if you won The Dennisse Wedges.
-Tweet about this giveaway "Win a pair of @BaitFootwear shoes over at the manzanita blog, hosted by @rebeccacaridad"
-Like B.A.I.T footwear on facebook
This giveaway will run for one week and the winner will be announced shortly after. Open to US and Canada residents only.
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