MEET LAURA

BU-KIN DESIGNER & FOUNDER

LAURA WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. SHE WAS TAUGHT THE ARTS OF SEWING AND HANDCRAFTS AT A YOUNG AGE BY HER GRANDMOTHERS AND MOTHER. REALIZING EARLY ON HER PASSION AND TALENTS, SHE DIRECTED HER CAREER INTO FASHION DESIGN. She moved TO BOSTON AT THE AGE OF 19 TO STUDY AT THE PRESTIGIOUS SCHOOL OF FASHION DESIGN.

 AFTER GRADUATION, LAURA WAS HIRED BY RALPH LAUREN AND FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS WAS A CREATIVE COORDINATOR FOR THE INTERIOR AND WINDOW DISPLAYS FOR THE BOSTON AREA STORES. SHE EVENTUALLY MOVED TO NEW YORK CITY TO DESIGN WOMEN’S WEAR FOR RALPH LAUREN, FOCUSING ON THE RUGBY, BLUE LABEL, AND POLO BRANDS.

IN 2014, LAURA DECIDED TO BRANCH OFF ON HER OWN. TAKING HER TEN YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AT RALPH LAUREN AND ADDING HER TALENTS AND RICH HISTORY IN HANDCRAFTS, SHE DEVELOPED HER BRAND, BU-KIN. THE NAME BU-KIN COMES FROM HER MAIDEN NAME, BUCHEN, AND SHE CHOSE IT AS AN ODE TO HER FAMILY, HER UPBRINGING, AND BEING RAISED IN AN AREA RICH WITH HANDCRAFTS, SIMPLE LIVING, AND BEAUTY.

BU-KIN IS A BRAND THAT FOCUSES ON HANDMADE LEATHER GOODS. LAURA IS MOST WIDELY KNOWN FOR BU-KIN BOOTIES, A LINE OF CLASSICALLY STYLED, HANDMADE BABY SHOES. THE IDEA BEHIND THE LINE CAME FROM LAURA'S DISCOVERY OF THE LACK OF TRADITIONALLY STYLED, BEAUTIFULLY MADE BABY SHOES IN THE MARKET. EACH SHOE IS HAND MADE BY AMISH LEATHER WORKERS USING THE BEST QUALITY LEATHERS AND SUPERIOR STITCHING. ONCE COMPLETED THEY ARE SENT BACK TO LAURA WHERE SHE ADDS THE FINISHING DETAILS IN HER BROOKLYN STUDIO. BU-KIN BOOTIES ARE MADE TO LAST AND TO BE HANDED DOWN FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

LAURA RESIDES IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, WITH HER HUSBAND, MARK, AND DOG, APPLE.