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!!