Trip home to Lancaster, PA

As most of you know, I currently live in Brooklyn, NY, but I grew up in Lancaster, PA. I made a trip home this week to work with some Amish who are now going to be making my shoes! 

As my business continues to grow, I realized that I cannot be hand stitching and hand making each pair by myself anymore. I started to think about my next steps, and I came to the conclusion that I value hand crafted things and products that are made in America, and I want my brand to continue with that. My thoughts turned to the Amish. When I was growing up, I was surrounded by the beautiful quality buildings, leather work, furniture, etc., that they crafted by hand with the help of their families and communities.  

I decided to partner with an Amish family-owned business that focuses on leather craft. I was able to spend time with them this week, making shoes and learning new techniques and possibilities from them. I am so excited to show you the new shoes once we are ready! (I already have a stop motion movie idea in my head for their debut.) :-)

Below are a few pictures of my time in Lancaster. I came from a town called Manheim, and I was so excited to be able to be home for "farm show " week and the parade, which I haven't been to in more than ten years. People often ask what this is or what they are celebrating. I am guessing it's the fall harvest. I am not really sure! There are contests for the best homegrown fruits and vegetables, sewing projects, animals, art, etc., but the highlight is the parade with floats from local businesses and area high school bands. It was nice to be home and experience this again after being in the city for so long!

Arriving in Lancaster: Amish buggies on the road!

Arriving in Lancaster: Amish buggies on the road!

Matching thread colors to my leathers by the window. Amish do not use electricity, so this was the best lighting in the shop!

Matching thread colors to my leathers by the window. Amish do not use electricity, so this was the best lighting in the shop!

Work table while we were discussing the different styles

Work table while we were discussing the different styles

I woke up early on Tuesday to make it to the flea market at Root's Country Market. Again, I haven't been able to do this in about ten years! It is only held on Tuesdays.

I woke up early on Tuesday to make it to the flea market at Root's Country Market. Again, I haven't been able to do this in about ten years! It is only held on Tuesdays.

I also got to spend time with my little niece, Evie. She LOOOOOOVES Apple and started to cry with excitement when she first saw Apple at the door. It was so cute. 

I also got to spend time with my little niece, Evie. She LOOOOOOVES Apple and started to cry with excitement when she first saw Apple at the door. It was so cute. 

Prize-winning cucumbers at the Manheim farm show!

Prize-winning cucumbers at the Manheim farm show!

Prize-winning onions!

Prize-winning onions!

Prize chickens 

Prize chickens 

Marching band at the parade

Marching band at the parade

And of course, the famous fair french fries

And of course, the famous fair french fries