Second Harvest Food Bank Event

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an amazing day of giving-back at the Second Harvest Food Bank on Saturday September 30th. What an AWESOME day. You know, sometimes you go into something thinking “this is the right thing to do so I’ll do it” or “I want to teach my children to give back to their community so I’ll make time for it” . . . and then you get SURPRISED. You come out of it and you realize that you were affected. Like, really affected. In a good way, AND a hard way. You feel lucky that you do have food on your table and your children aren’t going hungry at night. And your heart hurts knowing that some are. And then you start getting dirty. You dig in.

The Second Harvest Food bank feeds over 250,000 adults and children every month in Orange County. Their facility houses tons of food at a time and distributes all over the area to families in need. When we say it’s impressive, that might be an understatement. It’s amazing.

They spent the first hour of our day educating us (and the children) on what they do and how they do it. And WHY they do it. Then we got to work.

The young kids packed hygiene materials into bags (toothpaste, soap etc.) with a vengeance. They were so excited to be ‘giving kids soap.” We kept it fun but also worked hard. No slacking for these little guys!

The older kids (5 years and up) and adults spent about an hour and a half packing up squash. It doesn’t sound very fun but it was! Doing something physical to help other people is super satisfying, and it makes you feel like you are really doing something that will make a difference. We were expecting to enjoy our day, but were pleasantly surprised to have LOVED our day.

Thank you to the team at the Second Harvest Food bank who helped make this such an awesome and impactful experience. And thank you to all of our friends and their kids for lending their time and a helping hand!

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An Opportunity to Teach Your Children About Hunger in Orange County

As many of you may already know, we are SUPER passionate at beek about helping to feed at-risk children, especially in our own backyard. Did you know that 15.9 million children under 18 in the united states live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough food necessary for a healthy life? And many of these children are in our own backyard. While we are home eating healthy family dinners, there are children right here in orange county who are going to bed with no food. CHILDREN! It just kills us. So that’s why we’ve partnered with Feed OC and the Second Harvest Food Bank to donate a meal to a child in need for every pair of beeks sold. We’ve been doing this since the launch of our brand.

Through this partnership, we’ve been presented with an amazing volunteer opportunity, where we can bring our own children to learn about the importance of helping others, and educate them on why we all have to do our part to help feed our community.  We hope you will join us in this endeavor to not only help feed our at-risk neighbors but also expose our children and ourselves to real life challenges.

We’re inviting you and your children to join us on Saturday, September 30th, from 1:45 - 3:30pm at the Second Harvest Food Bank headquarters to do some manual labor, all in the name of helping children.

We have limited space for this special event, and we expect that it will fill up fast, so please register asap. We’ll see you all there!
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The Details:
September 30th
Second Harvest Food Bank
8014 Marine Way, Irvine CA 92618
1:45 p.m. check in followed by a tour
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. volunteer shift
*please specify which shift you are signing yourself and children up for. see below on how to do this.
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Hygiene Packing: Limited to 50 Volunteers (children age 4+)
Children age 4 and older will gain a hands-on experience packing hygiene kits. Basic materials such as soap, band-aids, and tissue may seem small, but make a huge difference in someone’s life. Accompanying adults must supervise minors at all times and volunteer alongside them.
**STEP 1: Adults sign yourself up here: https://feedoc.volunteerhub.com/Events/Event/Summary.aspx?EventID=4709130

Click “sign in” in upper right corner and create an account. STEP 2: once you are back on original page go to upper right corner and click YOUR ACCOUNT. go through the steps and you will end up on a page with oranges on it. STEP 3: Click on little calendar icon in bottom right corner, and choose September 30th. Choose beek event at 2:00pm. Register yourself as the adult. Just ignore the “14 and older” age requirement. STEP 4: Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Sylvia Nguyen, to RSVP for minor(s) (provide their name, age and what you’d like to sign them up for: Sylvia@FeedOC.org  or (949) 208-3137. Reference ‘beek’).

Izzy’s Corner: Limited to 24 Volunteers (children age 7-13)
Izzy’s Corner is a kid-friendly space inside Second Harvest’s food distribution center. It’s all about kids helping kids. Your children will learn about hunger in our community and how they can make a real difference in the lives of needy children. They will gain a hands-on experience packing nutritious food for their neighbors in need and will be taken on a tour of our facility. Accompanying adults must supervise minors at all times and volunteer alongside them
**STEP 1: Adults sign yourself up here: https://feedoc.volunteerhub.com/Events/Event/Summary.aspx?EventID=4964915.

Click “sign in” in upper right corner and create an account.

STEP 2: once you are back on original page go to upper right corner and click YOUR ACCOUNT. go through the steps and you will end up on a page with oranges on it. STEP 3: Click on little calendar icon in bottom right corner, and choose September 30th. Choose beek event at 2:00pm. Register yourself as the adult. Just ignore the “14 and older” age requirement. STEP 4: Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Sylvia Nguyen, to RSVP for minor(s) (provide their name, age and what you’d like to sign them up for: Sylvia@FeedOC.org  or (949) 208-3137. Reference ‘beek’).

Food Distribution Center: Limited to 20 Volunteers (14 years and older)
This is where our staff and volunteers work together to sort, package and distribute enough food to feed 200,000 men, women and children each month. Last year Second Harvest distributed the equivalent of more than 19.4 million meals to the hungry in Orange County. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Ratio of 1 adult per 6 teenagers.


**STEP 1: Adults sign yourself up here: https://feedoc.volunteerhub.com/Events/Event/Summary.aspx?EventID=4709113.

Click “sign in” in upper right corner and create an account.

STEP 2: once you are back on original page go to upper right corner and click YOUR ACCOUNT. go through the steps and you will end up on a page with oranges on it. STEP 3: Click on little calendar icon in bottom right corner, and choose September 30th. Choose beek event at 2:00pm. Register yourself as the adult. STEP 4: Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Sylvia Nguyen with any questions: Sylvia@FeedOC.org  or (949) 208-3137. Reference ‘beek’).


Some finer details once you’ve registered:
Utilize this link for directions to our Food Distribution Center - just click "Map to Irvine Warehouse.” Address is:  8014 Marine Way, Irvine CA 92618
Upon your arrival to Second Harvest, park toward the front of the building and enter through the main visitor entrance. One of our Volunteer Coordinators will be there to greet you.
Follow this link for the minor liability form - just click "Izzy’s Corner Liability Form” regardless of what ‘group’ you signed your child up for. Please bring with you to event.
Don’t have children? We’d still love to have you help! Just register for the Food Distribution Center group!

Some ways to start educating your child now:
Create a Paper Bank
https://www.feedoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Izzys-Corner-Paper-Palace-Bank-Flyer-Combine.pdf

The Peanut Butter & Jelly Buddies program
You can help us make sure that no child goes hungry by bringing in a plastic jar of peanut butter or jelly to your Izzy’s Corner visit—you can learn more at this link. This helps teachers provide sandwiches to their students to make sure no one is in class with an empty tummy.

Food and Monetary Donations
•    If you would like to bring your own food donations to this event, our current, most-needed shelf-stable items are:
◦    peanut butter
◦    canned meat
◦    canned fruit
◦    cereal (hot or cold)
•    Monetary donations of any size are greatly appreciated! 90 cents of every $1 goes toward our programs, and $1 can provide 3 meals. Click HERE if you would like to make a donation.

We’ll see you all there!

xx
Birgit and Kenna
beek co-founders

this fall we are all about SOFT!

squeeze ‘em, scrunch ‘em,

. . . heck, go ahead and cuddle up with ‘em

                   

this fall we are all about SOFT.

our collection is made with the most buttery vegetable tanned leather we could find.

you just want to scrunch it up and hug it (or maybe we just do). and we use no heel cups (that stiff leather at the heel of a shoe) or toe boxes (again, the hard backing used to keep the toe stiff), so the beauty of our styles comes through the ‘lack of structure’. something we should maybe adopt for life too right?

                   

we’re introducing three new styles this season: the owl, goose and duck (yeah you heard that right . . . finding “fall” bird names is not so easy). they are built on our all-natural crepe sole, using a soft yummy nubuck, with our signature molded arch.

                   

we’ve also added new colors to our favorite birds from last fall: the puffin, egret and seagull. we are loving the ‘old gold’ and ‘copper’ for a little pizazz and the ‘brown/black calf hair’ for a touch of sophistication.

                   

we are so excited about this collection. we hope you are too.

hands that construct traditions

the ancient craft of hand weaving is alive and well in mexico. this season we’ve partnered with a textile cooperative down in Chiapas to pair their beautiful creations with our sandals ... and the effect is gorgeous; giving a further hand-crafted feel to an already hand-crafted product.

this workshop uses only pedal looms, with zero carbon imprint, and they are totally dedicated to creating the highest quality “without losing the Tzotzil roots and insuring that the pieces reflect the traditions of Zinacantan."

we are proud to be a part of this ‘ode to the past! and we hope you love them as much as we do!

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hello summer! 


we’ve been waiting for you...

this season we’re inspired by so much, but in particular our travels all over mexico and california. we’ve been road trippin’ and 
it’s evident in the designs.

to kick off our favorite time of year, we’ve teamed up with our friend, the lovely and talented, serena mitnik-miller, whose beautiful artwork  has been an inspiration to our group for years.

we are so thrilled to see her signature watercolor compositions translate onto leather, creating a completely unique collection that is both fun and playful yet beautiful and inspiring. you can almost feel the ocean and surfing lifestyle come through in her lines and geo shapes.

serena created two special paintings exclusively for beek, and we are honored to showcase them on the finch and parrot styles this season.

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we love this crepe!

we're going "au naturel"

real crepe harvested directly from rubber trees, makes for the most comfortable sole you will ever wear.

and with our signature molded arch they're even more comfortable... and RAD. for those of you who like pictures, we've desribed our process below.

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mix & match metallics

oh how we love metallics.



especially when paired with leather. it’s a contradiction of sorts and we kinda dig it. remember that stevie nicks song from the 80’s ‘leather and lace”?. . . it’s kinda like that. (if you’re reading this and you’re under the age of 35 we probably just lost your attention; unless you’re a vintage stevie nicks fan and then you’re just RAD). anyhooooo . . .  back to us loving metallics.  paired with our soft, vegetable tanned leather they tone down and don’t seem quite so ‘blingy’ or high maintenance. or dressy for that matter. we’re not really blingy people by nature but we do love a feminine, pretty look and we think this is the perfect way to do it.



our collection launched with our signature rose gold (paired with tan) and now we’ve expanded into silver (with natural), platinum (with natural), and bronze (with black). all of these combos are beautiful, rich and perfect for the warm weather coming our way.



Hope you love them. xx b&k

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beeks in the city!

yes, we’re beach girls . . . we live in california, we love the sand, and the waves and the sun. BUT, we also love a modern style to pair with a glass of wine and our favorite guys (or girls) for a great night out.


we’ve curated a little collection of our most ‘city-chic’ styles. lots of black, lots of metal and lots of sass. and what’s better than a beautiful pair of sandals that are actually comfortable? throw away those heels!
xx b&k

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the finch is back!

oh how we love this little bird! the finch was a style in our very first collection (waaaaay back in 2015- ha! . . . yes, we know we are not that old yet). BUT it has been the darling of each season, with its beautiful simplicity and ease.

it’s the perfect sandal for cruising out the door last minute, dashing off to a summer bonfire, or sliding on for a beach wedding. it dresses up, and it dresses down. we can’t get enough of it, and we know you can’t either seeing that we know many women who own them in every color. :-)

we have nine colors for spring. two of our favorites are the mineral die and the hand tooling.

we’ve partnered with our friend Niki from “lookout & wonderland” to tie-dye the new ‘mineral’ finch. she is an incredible authentic indigo dyer (you may remember her from last spring where we debuted her indigo collection) up in los angeles and she used iron to create this beautiful grey color for our little finch. we freaked out when we saw it! she’s amazing.

we also commissioned a hand-tooling group down in mexico to carve out beautiful engravings into the leather and then hand-paint them for a fun festive look. the epitome of ‘hand made”!

hope you love them as much as we do!! xx b&k

hello spring!!

we are OVER THE MOON with this new spring collection. yes, yes yes, we know we are biased . . . but we think it’s the best EVER, and we have something for everyone. and with new heel pads for grip, a softer, more flexible leather sole, and our constant attention to fit, you will never find more comfortable, durable, BEAUTIFUL sandals in the market.

bright black

black on black is coming on strong and we can’t resist the sophistication of this combo. we’ve punched it up a bit with silver hardware (for a bird in the city look!)

hot for metallics

the reaction to our metallics has been pretty awesome. we started with our signature rose gold, then added a beautiful platinum, then a brilliant bronze... and now we are bringing in silver! mixed with a natural sole, this color combination is gorgeous.                  

oh crepe!

this natural material, which is harvested directly from rubber trees, makes for the most flexible, yummy sole you will ever wear. and they have such a cool modern look to them. add in our signature molded arch they’re even more comfortable. . . and RAD.

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it all started with the finch!

since we launched the brand in 2015, the finch has been the best selling sandal we’ve ever had. we think that the reaction to this slide has something to do with its simplicity and ease. (and possibly the good association with long vacations and good memories!)



out of all the styles we’ve made, this has always been the one with the most deep seeded love and affection. both by us internally (birgit and kenna and the whole team). and all the crazy customer service emailers who freak out whenever we go out of stock. :-)


it was also our first big celebrity hit, with lily aldridge wearing her finches to LAX airport when she was named to vogue’s best dressed list. yay!


this little bird just seems to be entrenched in our hearts. . . and don't worry, it’s not going away anytime soon. we wouldn't want to deal with the wrath!

xx b+k

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Our toes get cold too!

why is it that you can’t find closed-toe shoes that are comfortable, feminine, and totally unconstructed? it’s like they don’t exist! so, once again, we set out to (selfishly) create a line of footwear that WE wanted. after-all, we can’t wear sandals ALL year. (although we try.)

introducing beek's new shoe collection! the partridge, the puffin, the egret and the seagull. actual closed-toe real shoes! but done beek style: totally unconstructed upper, soft, comfortable and still with a beautiful molded arch. what makes them different from other shoes in the market is their comfort and ease. we created these with no ‘toe-box’ and no ‘heel-cup’ so they hug your feet like a leather slipper. you have to feel them to understand… your feet are going to fall in love!

the egret

for all you crazy ladies who have snatched up our finch sandals like they are becoming extinct, we wanted to give you something to wear during the chillier months. a more modern take on a leather flat. and way cooler.

the seagull

we’ve partnered with the legendary a’maree’s store in newport beach, california for this easy timeless slide. simply beautiful, the seagull will be your go-to for indian summer and early fall. the soft leather forms to your foot and makes you feel like you are wearing your (uber-chic) slippers out of the house (yes they are THAT comfortable!)

the puffin

instantly comfortable. totally un-constructed. soft buttery leather. slide right on: no hardware no fuss. it’s the perfect bootie for kicking around town. we like to call it an elf boot in the office. maybe cuz it’s so darn cute?

the partridge

oh why are oxfords so damn serious! we want one that doesn’t scream uptight office, preppy snobbery, or tea and crumpets. this one is verrrry relaxed, easy breezy, and about as comfortable as your socks. but totally acceptable to wear in public.

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Kat & Roger

K&R ceramics is the collaborative effort of two inspiring Los Angeles artists Kat Hutter and Roger Lee. They’ve created an amazing collection of high-fired stoneware, hand-thrown by Roger and hand-painted by Kat. Their K&R ceramics collection is sold through exclusive retailers throughout the U.S. and has caught the attention of the media, art world . . . and us!

After seeing their pottery in a shop in Austin Texas, and falling in love, we approached (...or stalked, call it what you will) Kat and Roger in 2015 with the idea of collaborating on a new painted print, inspired by their pottery, for use on our leather sandals. They were excited about the idea and jumped right to work. And the results are even more amazing then we had anticipated.

This limited edition collection is truly a work of art for you and your feet! Shop the collection here.

 

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The Art of Hand-Tooling

The art of “leather tooling” has been around for centuries. History documents Spanish Moors, back in the middle ages, using hand- carved leather to decorate their homes. And this craft became even more popular when cowboys and ranchers of the “wild west” took pride in elaborately tooled saddles and chaps, as an expression of personal style.

We became interested in this old world craft during one of our inspiration trips to Mexico and learned that this time-consuming process involves hand-carving etchings into leather to create a beautiful piece of art (most commonly flowers or patterns), and is much more intense than a simple ‘emboss,’ which is most often done with machines. The Mexican culture takes great pride in their hand-tooling, and the skills are often passed down from generation to generation.

As we learned more, we fell even more in love with this craft. We asked around about ‘tooling houses’ and found one that has been around for over 20 years. The process is beautiful to watch as individual artists utilize tools to carve out the leather into shapes. The designs take shape right in front of your eyes.
Each piece of tooled leather in this collection was hand-carved by a leather artisan in Leon, Mexico, and we personally think the results are amazing. Every sandal is completely unique and a piece of art; one that we hope will still be around for many generations to come!

Shop the collection here.

Hand-Dyed Indigo Leather

The ancient craft of indigo-dying dates back to 2000 BC, as proven by the existence of it in mummy tombs in Egypt. Pretty cool, right? Unfortunately most indigo these days is synthetic, but thanks to some die-hard loyalists, this ancient craft is now a revered art.

Indigo is a colorfast, plant-based dye primarily found in indigofera, and the process to dye cloth with this natural substance is quite intensive - starting with fermenting the leaves in a steeping vat until completely reduced to remove all the oxygen. the fiber is then introduced to the indigo vat and color is created through oxidization. Darker colors are created by multiple dips which can take up to 30 days. Once dyed, indigo cloth is so colorfast that it can last for centuries (thus the evidence with the mummies!) this is the type of stuff that totally fascinates us (we hope it does you too).

We teamed up with Los Angeles based indigo artist, researcher, and natural medicine practitioner Niki Livingston who has been studying and practicing ancient indigo dying techniques for more than 12 years. We were already pretty obsessed with her cloth creations so we approached her about taking a stab at dying leather- a new medium for her. . . and she, of course, blew us away with what she came back with. Each and every one of these indigo-dyed beek sandals were personally hand-dyed by niki herself. We hope you love them as much as we do. Shop the collection here.

Lost & Found Style

For our final stop in our Shop Style Series, we went to the uber cool Lost & Found in Hollywood. It was dangerous for us to spend so much time there, because we wanted to redo our wardrobes, bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens by the time we left, and fill them up with the amazing treasures that owner Jamie Rosenthal brings back from around the world. Her impeccable taste makes for a setting full of eye candy.

We had the pleasure of styling super cute and fun blogger, Brittany Xavier, of ThriftsandThreads, in Lost & Found's covetable arrray of brands like Ulla Johnson, BSBEE, Local Apparel, Nili Lotan and Aris Geldis.

Laguna Supply Style

At the fourth stop in our Shop Style Series, we headed back to our local hood to shoot at one of our favorite boutiques, Laguna Supply. Owners, and good friends, Dana Marron and Laura Hart, put their personal (and awesome!) spin on the perfect looks for beek. This time, we were joined by two lovely OC bloggers, Jen Wilson of Modern Ensemble and Lyndi Kennedy of Lyndi in the City. Already friends themselves, they had the best time playing dress-up together in all of the beautiful clothes at Laguna Supply from brands like Ulla Johnson, Nili Lotan, Raquel Allegra and Isabel Marant.

 

Elizabeth and Prince Style

Next up on our shop style series was Elizabeth & Prince in sunny La Quinta, California. We kicked off the warm bright morning with iced teas (of course!) from Old Town Coffee Company with owners AnaLisa and Shawn Holoubek, while styling looks on local (and fabulous) blogger Kelly Lee of KellyGoLightly.com. Playing with a mix of brands like Mara Hoffman, Ulla Johnson and Ace&Jig, it was hard to not be dreaming of a tropical getaway somewhere far, far away by the end of the afternoon!

 

A'maree's Style

We love our amazing boutiques that sell beek! This Spring we will be teaming up every month with the owners of a different boutique in Southern California to see how they would personally style our sandals with the brands in their store. You're in for endless outfit inspiration!!!

First up: the iconic A'maree's in Newport Beach where we recently celebrated the launch of our Spring season! Owners, Dawn, Denise and Apryl, played with shades of white to create four clean and airy Spring looks. Modeled by beautiful local blogger and model, Jen Hawkins, of Palms-to-Pines, these ensembles are sure to have you longing for sunshine and sandals.

beek spring launch party at A'maree's

We debuted our new Spring 2016 collection on Friday, February 5th at A’maree’s in Newport Beach with 200 of our closest friends and family! Serving A’maree’s signature cocktail (fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, Grey Goose and St. Germain) and wine and snacks from A Market, the party was in full swing by 4pm with live music by Eric Howell, who flew in from Chicago for the event.

Our new sandals were the highlight of the evening, with the debut of our special beek x A'maree's red-soled "hummingbird" style to celebrate the boutique's 40th anniversary, our platinum collection and "the heron," a very popular modern-day huarache slide. We also treated guests to a sneak peek of what’s to come this summer!

Co-founders, Birgit and Kenna, and A’maree’s owners Denise Schaefer, Dawn Klohs and Apryl Schaefer were in attendance along with their mother Nancy Brown, the original founder of the iconic shop. Fashion bloggers, like Jen Hawkins of Palms-to-Pines and Jayne Min of Stop It Right Now, mingled, shopped and enjoyed the sunset alongside apparel and industry insiders from LA and OC. We couldn't have asked for a more fun way to kick off our Spring season!

the robin flies to yosemite

on a recent trip to yosemite, the robins proved to be the perfect transitional sandal... taking us from summer to autumn; the beach to the mountains.

with their wide criss-cross strap, they were comfy enough to double as slippers over a hot mug of coffee in the morning and take us to a late summer bbq on the lawn of the historic wawona hotel at dusk.

in between sandal-friendly activities, we put our hiking boots to use on a short two mile round-trip trek to Artist Point for uncrowded views of Yosemite's infamous "Tunnel View" panorama.

Ansel Adams summed it up perfectly when he said “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” We couldn't agree more!

the sparrow flies to morocco

photographer and friend Stephanie Rausser takes her favorite beek sandals on her adventures abroad.
we tend to go through obsessions here at beek and our latest one is with Stephanie Rausser, not just because she’s talented but also because she’s real, and fun, and quirky and sarcastic . . . all the things that we would want to be described as. we now know that her fave pop star is madonna, drinks lemonade on a regular basis, obsessively watches louis ck (we didn’t even know who he was and now we’re hooked too!) secretly listens to burt bacharach and loves her beeks (no secret there when you see her photos!)

Check some out below!!