Monthly Archives: August 2011

  • Elevated proportions

    We have liked platforms for a while now. They are not going away this season, but are taking a fresh turn with new proportions. The foreparts are getting higher which give platforms a totally different look and feel.  They can be elevated as high as the heel and the shoe becomes a flatform like the Jeffrey Campbell Bee Bee flatform below, which is a version done exclusively for Ashbury Skies.

    Jeffrey Campbell platform, "Bee Bee"


    Or they can be more modestly be elevated like the Gee’WaWa Flora. These give you height and comfort as they feel like you are wearing a low heel.

    Gee'WaWa Flora

    Look for these shoes and more like them when we launch Ashbury Skies within the week!


  • Interview with emerging indie brand, Plomo

    Ashbury Skies will launch our website at the end of this month with emerging indie brand Plomo. Creators Galia Katz and Keltse Bibao, met when both were living in Mexico filming a behind the scenes fashion pilot. The pilot never got off the ground, but the two quickly formed a connection over their love of shoes.

    They describe a time before they started Plomo when they would visit New York and would hang out at Barneys New York shoe salon breathing in the scent of Italian leathers and saving up to spend all their hard earned money on one pair of designer shoes that they would wear until the shoe's last breath. Lucky for all of us, they realized their destiny of creating luxury shoes at affordable prices.  Hence, Plomo was launched in 2010 which features shoes in the $250-$350 price range.

    I discovered Plomo at the New York shoe show this summer.  I was taken back by their innovative designs and fresh contemporary looks, and their stunning material and color choices.

    Keltse and Galia agreed to answer a few questions about how Plomo came to be.

    How did you come up with the name Plomo?  It is based on the Spanish paradox ¨pies de plomo¨ which means lead feet.  In spansh, "pies de plomo", is a very common saying which means that your feet should always be grounded to the floor. (K)

    Where do you live now? Keltse moved to New York a year ago and I still live in Mexico (G)

    What is your collection inspired by? We have many sources, but mainly art, people walking on the street and other designers. For this last collection we got inspired by my first winter living in New York.  I am from Mexico, so the climate change was a great inspiration! (K)

    Do you have a girl in mind when you design? Yes, she is  sexy, fun, smart, confident, and has a strong independent streak. (G)

    What are you most inspired by in life? Traveling and exploring different cultures. (K)

    What are your current obsessions? At the moment, I am obsessed with, Isabel Marant, beer and east coast oysters with french fries. (G)

    Are you addicted to any blogs? I can’t go a day without checking out this blog (K).

    What is the best advice you have ever received?   It does not matter what you do as long as you are congruent with yourself (G)

    What can't you live without? My boyfriend, my friends, my english bulldog and a new travel destination. (K).

    What are your favorites on your play list right now?  The Strokes, I'll try anything once and ZOE Unplugged. The whole album is really amazing.

    If you could go back in time and bring back one trend it would be?  The 20's  (K).

    What do you do on Friday nights? I drink beer and Mezcal. (K).

    Redbull or Coffee person? Coffee. I love having a good soy latte with my friends and talking for hours. (K)

    Which of your personal possessions most clearly yell, fashion victim?  My huge oversize jajja sheep coat. (G)

    If you couldn’t design shoes and you could have any other job, what would it be? Documentary photographer.

  • Behind-the-scene photos

    Our Fall Lookbook is almost ready, but we thought we would give our blog followers a sneak peek at a couple behind-the-scene shots. We shot our Fall 2011 Lookbook in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood. It was a stunning, rare, warm sunny San Francisco day. The black boot is the "Cris" from Messeca. The red sandal is the "Flora" from Gee'WaWa. These shoes and others from indie designers will be available on our site when we launch at the end of this month. We can't wait!



    Gee WaWa Flora platform sandal, in red




    Messeca wedge boot "Cris"
  • Bohemian Princess

    I am in NY for market week right now and I walked the apparel and accessory shows yesterday. Seeing how the apparel and accessories come together at these shows makes buying shoes so much easier because i understand how the whole look comes together. It seems to be all about Navajo prints and feathers. Jewelry lines are full of colorful feather earrings and necklaces. A friend of mine in the jewelry business says her makers are running out of feathers!  It is a really great trend that everyone can wear and feel a little like a bohemian princess.

    I stumbled upon this very cool indie accessories brand on line recently that seemed to embrace the whole look and feel of what is happening in accessories right now. I am really mesmerized by this Little Doe in Love video, and the Native American influenced accessories. Chase Cohl not only handcrafts one of a kind feather headpieces, but is also singer/songwriter.  Her site is She is one talented bohemian princess.

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