Apartment Number 9, a Chicago menswear boutique in Wicker Park, is partnering with BucketFeet for a limited pop-up shop. They will be selling BucketFeet including women’s shoes from now until August 14.
If you are not familiar with BucketFeet, it is a unique artist designed footwear line. They provide the distribution, e-commerce, and social media platform for artists around the world to connect with consumers. They pick a artist, and have that artist design their own personalized shoe. BucketFeet finds much inspiration from world travel, volunteer work, and street artists. The idea for BucketFeet was invented when Co-Founders Aaron Firestein and Raaja Nemani met back-packing around the world. They were inspired by an art project in Rio de Janerio that illustrated how art can be used to connect people in meaningful ways.
I had an opportunity to talk to Apartment Number 9 store owner, Sarah Blessing.
What is your favorite part about BucketFeet?
As an artist and crafter I have always appreciated the process in which creative people create products. I love that Aaron started BucketFeet by doodling on his own sneakers. I like when cool ideas happen organically, I think this often produces the best and most loved products.
Where do you find your fashion inspiration?
I could never be a person with a “uniform”. One day I feel very menswear inspired which is easy to do as an owner of Apartment Number 9, and the next I want to be super girly or sporty or deck myself out with accessories. A particular piece of jewelry or a great shoe or perfectly appointed room can inspire my entire look. I guess I would have to copy Paul Smith’s quote, “I find inspiration in everything”.
How do you like to wear BucketFeet?
I would wear BucketFeet every way you can image! I love to wear heels with sweatpants- mixing high and low, dressy with casual makes a look more interesting. So, I would wear BucketFeet with a suit, a pretty dress or my favorite sporty sweatpant outfit. I like to see them with neutral colors so the shoes really pop.
What is your favorite trend for fall 2012?
I don’t really follow trends. However, I have noticed a bit of camo back on the scene, and I’m pretty excited to pull a few things out from the back of my closet.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
When I was a little girl my father told me if you smile and are kind to people that is what makes you beautiful. I always try to remember this.
Apartment Number 9 is located in Wicker Park at 1804 North Damen Avenue. The BucketFeet pop-up shop will be available until August 14.
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