• Michael Kiwanuka: Tell Me A Tale

    I couldn’t resist sharing this video. Michael Kiwanuka, from North London is only 23 years old. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTa28a8QKo4&feature=player_embedded

  • Interview: James Price, Haus of Price

    gem-covered pump shoe for women, by Haus of Price

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We are thrilled to launch Ashbury Skies with shoes from Haus of Price. If you don’t know and love this brand already, you will very soon. I met with James Price recently at his Hollywood Studio. His shoes turn heads for sure! Truth be told, I am launching Ashbury Skies because of designers like him. Giving a platform to indie designers is what we are all about. This twenty three year old applies all the jewels on his shoes by hand. He is a fanatic about the details and it shows in each pair. We could not resist the opportunity to share the story of this talented and up and coming designer.

    James Price, Haus of Price

    My collection is inspired by:
    My love of 80's clothing, you know the homemade kind with rhinestones and studs attached to almost every part of it? That really inspired my collection a lot.

    When I design, the girl I have in mind is:
    My best friend Leah. She is the type of girl who isn't afraid of wearing sequins in the day or pumps to the grocery store. I would say I design for an all around glamour girl. Someone who is confident in their sexiness 24/7.

    In life I am most inspired by:
    My Mom. She really pushed me to be creative and that is probably where I get most of my drive.

    At the moment, I am obsessed with:
    Oversized tops and Navajo prints.

    I can’t go a day without checking out this blog:
    The one blog I really enjoy is dedicated-follower.com.  Kelsi the blogger is super amazing and super supportive of young designers, and it doesn't hurt she's featured me a few times!

    The best advice I have ever got is:
    This was one is super hard cause I only really advise myself. But I would have to say that it was when my mentor told me to always be myself, that people would buy my product because they would like me and see my love of what I've created.

    I can’t live without:
    90's tv series! Melrose Place, 90210, My So Called Life! I own all of them on dvd and it's probably one of the only things I really can't live without.

    Fav on my playlist right now is:
    Keri Hilson! I can not take this cd out of my car!

    If I could go back in time and bring back one trend it would be:
    I would probably bring back all 80's rock star style! I mean that was the only time it was acceptable for guys to wear platforms with leather hot pants!

    On Friday nights I:
    Stay home! I never go out on the weekends. There was this horrible Paris Hilton quote where she said something to the effect of "there is nothing to do in LA on the weekends, so I go out during the week" ... I feel like she was right!

    Redbull or coffee person?
    Neither! I'm addicted to Diet Coke, it's like my form of caffeine.

    Which of your personal possessions most clearly yells "fashion victim"?:
    Umm…. Everything I own! I'm pretty eccentric in my style and I'm not afraid to take a risk because I know it will always pay off!

    If you couldn’t design shoes and you could have any other job, what would it be?
    I would probably do fashion commentary on the Style or E! network! I would love to be on "Fashion Police" or "How Do I Look?"!

  • Happy Father’s Day

    Jeffrey Campbell, 2011 Father's Day

    “Can’t we afford to pay for the shoe laces in those shoes?”

    “Think again, if you think you're walking out of this house looking like that!”

    Oh Dad.
    You’re not exactly a patient person, but you tried. You let me steal your torn-up old Levis. (“You want what?”) You let me roll up your good 70’s sports jacket for the perfect “boyfriend blazer” with the leather patched elbows. You donated more than a few plain white tees to my styling cause. I never stole your shoes, but I don’t doubt you’ll ask me if I did when you see my new Jeffrey Campbells.

  • The hybrid heel

    Plomo hybrid heel wedge bootie

    Is it a heel or is it a wedge?

    Really neither, but it ROCKS! It’s a hybrid of the two.

    As a shoe buyer I have always asked myself this question before I placed a buy: does she have it in her closet? We all work too hard for our money to lay down our hard earned cash on something too similar to what we already own.

    We are insanely crazy about this one and we know you don’t have this in your closet.

    This version is by up-and-coming indie shoe designer Plomo for Fall 2011.  Ashbury Skies will have this hybrid heel and others from indie designers when we launch this fall.

    To know when this is in stock, sign up for our newsletter and be part of our indie shoe community.

  • Welcoming back the Summer of Love

    If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...

     

     

    I have always been inspired by the phenomena that occurred in San Francisco in the summer of 1967 when a group of hippies created a counterculture and changed the world. It was about new poetry, new music, new ideas, new thoughts and new ways of being. The intersection of two streets, Haight and Ashbury, became synonymous with this movement. These hippies shaped American life well beyond that summer. They lived gently with great hope and aspiration.

    Ashburyskies.com was founded with the same spirit, to bring together a collection of shoes from indie designers to express their creative freedom. We will launch our shopping site with great passion and shoe wisdom this September in San Francisco. Our interactive site will be an engaging shopping experience offering shoes from indie designers with a unique and modern point of view. Our featured brands are much like us, small and committed to contemporary urban looks. We offer a place where both designer and customers can take fashion risks.

    Welcome to our indie shoe community!

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