Visit the link below to enter. Giveaway ends on March 18th. Good luck! xx
Visit the link below to enter. Giveaway ends on March 18th. Good luck! xx
Drum roll please. . . we have an awesome new collaboration that we are doing with the iconic (and fellow Southern California beach brand) Vitamin A swimwear! And we couldn’t be more excited. If you don’t know VItamin A, you need to! They are the ultimate in luxury swimwear with (we think) the best fitting suits in the market. We fell instantly in love the first time we wore them. And this collection of sandals is the perfect capsule for the coastal lifestyle.
As we celebrate “International Women’s Day” we reflect on starting a business and how affected we are by the powerful women who have paved the way and supported us through this journey. What started out with a simple glass of chardonnay and girl-chat, turned into a business plan and a wild ride.
I get the pleasure of doing all the writing for the brand (this is Kenna :-) and so I get to sneak in little comments about Birgit when she isn’t looking (or reading). She is not just my business partner and the best footwear designer that I’ve ever worked with, but she is a woman who single-handedly raised two children, ran multi-million dollar businesses, and still finds time to be a woman of substance and a dear friend. I celebrate her today.
And we both (here’s where I can speak for both of us) want to thank all of the women who surround us here at beek and make our brand and business possible. Annette, Natalie, Tevis, Anna, Julie, Angela: we COULD NOT do this without you ladies. Cheers to all the women in this world taking a risk, making a difference, and supporting one another. We think you all rock!
We are soooo ready for spring! Our collection of hand-made, all-leather sandals (with our signature molded arch for support!) is our favorite since launch. This season we are all about COLOR. But not just any color... HAPPY color. How can you not have a good day when you’re wearing a fuchsia colored sandal with pops of silver? Or bright orange mixed with a rich beautiful tan? or aqua... or rose... or gold! We could go on and on, we think it’s like walking on happiness.m.lande to gift you a free AMAZING leather pouch with any online purchase during the month of February. Yay!
We have EIGHT new styles this spring, and (don’t worry) we are continuing on with three classics in new colors... the Finch (you can breathe a sigh of relief now), the Lark and the Swallow. The Finch, our classic toe-ring slide, now comes in eight colors, and we are keeping the classic black and tan in the Lark, and adding a fun multi to our huarache, the Swallow. HOW FUN IS THAT??
And we are super excited about our NEW styles.
The Gull is an update to our classic Robin slide: one for the more urban look with a slick all-black, and one for the beach party with a bright fuscia sole mixed with silver and natural.
The Oriole is our sexiest new style with a ‘barely there’ look. A simple wrap around the ankle and a toe-ring to finish it off, you will be surprised at how comfortable this sandal fits on the foot. The Canary is part of our new “soft tube” leather group and its as soft as butter. You simply slide it on and tie it in the back and you are off and out the door. The Cockatoo is a classic ‘soccer slide’ with a modern metal ring sitting on top. It's chic and classic. And we have two new ‘stud’ styles. The Lorikeet and Woodpecker have hand-pounded studs that give these classic styles a little funk.
And we CAN’T WAIT to show you our new woven styles, the Dove and Toucan. The bands are completely woven by hand by a women’s collective in Chiapas Mexico. They use traditional weaving techniques on a hand-loom and their creations are pieces of art. We’ve backed them with super soft leather so they sit comfortably on your feet. We made a press trip out to New York in January and the Dove was the land-slide favorite across the board. From Vanity Fair to Vogue to Town and Country- they all were dying over the hand-woven look paired with leather. And everyone was swooning over the femininity of the Toucan, a beautiful ‘espadrille-inspired’ style.
And let’s not forget the bird collection! Our new group of rubber outsole (the bottom of the shoe) sandals has been a big hit for beach and pool time and summer boating. Both simple styles, the Mockingbird and Seabird are a little lighter on the wallet and an easy go-to for your casual spring/summer days.
And to top it all off, our soles have become EVEN MORE flexible and moldable to your feet (we will even take them back if they aren’t!), AND the arch still makes for the most comfortable all-leather sandal in the market. Yes, beauty CAN be comfortable. Let’s celebrate!
We hope you love the collection; we’re so excited to share this with you.
Sending happiness your way,
xx Birgit & Kenna
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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!)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!