Tell us about your business.Before my daughter was born, I filled her nursery with items I made – among the keepsakes I created, we found one stand-out item we couldn't live without. My new baby was wearing a pair of booties I made for her, and I realized that this was the greatest thing I’d ever made. These baby booties actually stayed on her feet and they were absolutely adorable. After making numerous adjustments to the design, the first pair of 'Bison Booties' was born in October, 2010. Today, Bison Booties are handcrafted by talented sew-at-home moms in North Dakota. Bison Booties are machine washable and made with designer 100% cotton and vegan-friendly sherpa fleece insole, with non-slip suede sole. Gentle fabric-wrapped elastic keeps the booties comfortable snug. Original Bison Booties are available in for boys and girls, in sizes from newborn to toddler size US 6 (approx. 24 months). Bison Booties Slippers are available in sizes for toddlers/children/youth, women, and men.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.The Bison Booties design studio sits on the rural North Dakota prairie, where bison once roamed. The studio walls are lined with bolts of colorful designer fabrics and drawers of irresistible Bison Booties waiting to be sent to children around the world. The Bison Booties studio has evolved in the last four years from humble beginnings as an unfinished basement to a recently remodeled space. As a mompreneur with two young children at home, the Bison Booties studio includes a special creative corner for my children. All orders are sent from our home studio, via our charming gravel road mailbox.
What inspires you?I'm constantly inspired by my two children, their energy and endless creativity is inspiring. The moms that I contract with to handcraft Bison Booties are also incredibly inspiring. Each of these women has an amazing set of talents and goals and I'm honored that they have a part in creating each pair of Bison Booties.
What makes your business stand out?Bison Booties are unique in their design and fabric combinations and have quickly caught national and global attention. Recently, Bison Booties have been featured on NBC's Hit TV shows Parenthood and About A Boy, and spotted on children of celebs including Jaime King and Tammin Sursok.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?What would you do all day if money didn't matter? Discover whatever that is and hound your skill. Get really good at it. The business will begin to create itself.
What does American Made mean to you?American Made is at the core of our business. American Made means that each mother putting a pair of Bison Booties on her baby knows that they were made with dignity, by loving hands in the USA, gently sewn and expertly designed in American by an American mom. We are deeply committed to domestic production and environmental sustainability.
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