Last week Chicago based shoe company BucketFeet opened their newest Chicago studio at 1647 N Damen Avenue in Bucktown. The artsy neighborhood is the perfect location for this artist-designed footwear company’s flagship store.
BucketFeet is dedicated to supporting emerging artists from around the world and giving them the platform they deserve. Every artist they collaborate with is paid upfront for his or her work and receives royalties from each pair of shoes sold.
BucketFeet has been popping up in many locations around the world, including New York, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Amsterdam in June, and Switzerland in August. This Bucktown BucketFeet retail store will carry the latest styles from their women’s, men’s and kid’s collections.
The new studio will have exclusive featured events and programming. Original artwork such as hand-designed shoes and limited-edition wall prints are also available. There will be rotating artist installations and take-overs of the space to give it completely different looks. And you can sign up to be a part of BucketFeet’s artist network and submit designs right in the store.
I recently had the opportunity to meet the owners. President Bobby Stephens showed me the flip flops and socks explaining there will be more to come besides shoes! They like to keep the price point accessible so everyone can wear artwear footwear! Co-founder Raaja Nemani explained how each shoe has a story and each artist receives a percentage of the sales. Co-founder Aaron Firestine is the artist of the bunch. His nickname in College was “Bucket” and that’s how the name BucketFeet came to be. The story goes that he wore shoes another artist designed while traveling, and received so many comments and compliments on the shoes the idea of BucketFeet was born.
Upcoming Bucktown Studio Events:
• Thursday, June 25th at 7pm: Arts & Crafts
• Wednesday, July 8th at 6pm: Startup Talk with Co-Founder Raaja Nemani
• Saturday, July 11th at 1pm: Design Your Own BucketFeet
• Saturday, July 18th at 2pm: Instameet – #BucketFeetMeet
• Tuesday, July 21st at 6pm: Seminar: The History of Graffiti
BucketFeet Bucktown Studio | 1647 N Damen Avenue | Chicago, IL
Summer hours: M-F 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm
– Carol Calacci
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