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Meet the Neighbors: Craftstitute

At the Aurora Shoe Company, we passionately support small business and handmade and local goods. As a visitor of our blog, we thought that you might feel the same way. In our Meet the Neighbors series we're featuring businesses and people who reflect our own values and whom we feel lucky to call neighbors and friends.

I walked into Craftstitutein Ithaca knowing that I'd like it. The craft...

Fashion Revolution

Yesterday was Fashion Revolution Day, and though we didn't know it at the time, people all over the world were posting pictures of their clothing, tagging their makers, and asking "where was this made?".  We didn't get called out, but we'd love to show you anyway.  This shop, this small structure, in this little town, surrounded by farms, corn fields and a few grape vines, this is whereyour shoes...

Birds of a Feather: Nukumori Designs

It's the end of March.  Spring has officially begun, but here in upstate New York, I think we all feel like we're stuck in a never-ending winter.  Boston may have gotten more snow, but we have had a very long, very cold, and very home-bound winter.

So.

When these super cozy baby-wearing coats from Nukumori Designscame in the mail, and we had a sunny day to work with, we got over the idea of waiting...

Small, Local Handmade Gift Guide: Hand Knits

There's a reason I'm starting with the knit gifts - those who take their knitting seriously know that holiday knitting begins in July.  BUT... those of us who have waited until after Thanksgiving for the holiday "inspiration" (read: pressure) to strike, still have plenty of gift-worthy options to consider.

For example...

A gorgeous infinity cowl pattern or any of these exquisite knits by Elena...

A Letter Worth Sharing

Dave shared this sweet message on our Facebook page today and I wanted to share it here as well.  These are the kinds of letters that reaffirm everything we do.  Thank you to Julie, and everyone else who takes a moment to write.  We appreciate letters like this so much.

Hi there -

I bought a pair of your New Chinese shoes back in 1995 and I am wearing them right now! :) They still look and feel...

Birds of A Feather: Assembly

We find inspiration in other businesses and organizations who, like us, work to promote a love of good design and an appreciation for fine craftsmanship.  In this series, which we call Birds of a Feather, we'll share stories and ideas from around the world that reflect our own values.  We hope that you find them as inspiring and thought provoking as we do.


Assemblyis a new design studio with...

Squam Art Fair


My mom and I left on Friday afternoon and drove the seven hours north and east to Holderness, New Hampshire where the Squam Art Workshopsare held. We arrived in darkness and woke up on Saturday to the most beautiful day. The sun was shining, the air was warm, and the scenery was beautiful - winding roads, huge boulders, and the smell of pine in the air. I found myself feeling more relaxed than I...

Gearing up for the Squam Arts Fair

We're excited to be joining an impressive list of vendors at the annual Squam Spring Art Fair.  I hear that Ravelry will be there (if you know the online fiber community, then you know that this is HUGE).


I'm making lists and gathering supplies for our little booth and am trying to figure out just how to take orders for shoes that have not yet been made.  Thanks to a brilliant suggestion from Maya,...

Handmade Love: Wolfie and the Sneak Fabric on Spoonflower


This is just to say that I LOVE my handmade and artist designed wolfie and the sneakdress. Check her fabric designs on Spoonflower. Renee's designs are funky and fun, and the organic knit has a nice weight and drape. She sent me this dress just because we were Twitter friends and when she tweeted about sharing some sample garments, I was fast enough to say, "I'll take it!". Sharing for the sake of...

On the Business of American Made Goods


Have you noticed that there has been a new push to buy American made fashion?  It's a slow movement, but it's definitely gaining traction, with websites and blogs popping up to keep us posted on the latest developments and the hippest shops.  I've seen a rise in American bags, accessories, leather goods and American heritage brand boots, shoes and blue jeans.  
There are plenty of viewpoints about...

The Value of Handmade

What is the value of handmade?  It's a question that many of us ask ourselves as we price our handmade goods or search for the perfect handmade gift.  Monetary value can be broken down easily enough.  Add the cost of materials, a decent hourly rate and you've got a number.  Prices allow us to buy and sell, but do they really reflect the value of our goods?  

When we buy handmade we're demonstrating...

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