"I’ve always been a maker, a creator, an artist. From a young age, I pursued the arts in many forms- wood working, illustrating, sewing, culinary arts, and fashion design. Naturally, I pursued an education in fashion design, and after 2 years in LA, I returned to Chicago with a desire to learn more. It was there that I took a shoemaking course at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I began to see shoes in a different light. Where were these timeless shoes in our generic world? The bespoke practice was rarely mentioned in modern day society. The process was elusive, and intriguing. It quickly became my obsession. I sought out courses and apprenticeships and eagerly educated myself on the traditional aspects of the business. My studies led me to Oregon, making western boots, Sweden, where I made riding boots and men’s shoes, and Wales where I extensively studied the English bespoke shoemaking industry. I had the opportunity to travel the globe, and work with my craft’s elite.
After spending a few years traveling, and learning, I took roots in Chicago and shifted my focus from student to teacher, and apprentice to mentor. I have since taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and taken on a limited number of private course groups. In addition to teaching, I am committed to doing what I can to maintain and improve the craft. The growth of my business has happened organically, via word of mouth and social media. It continues to grow as I hone my skills in all things leather- from shoes to bags, custom requests to interior design. I work in an unrestrictive ever-evolving environment, and I truly believe that a skilled craftsman/woman is never done learning the trade. If you can imagine it, it can be created. It is my passion and promise to deliver high quality products that grow more beautiful with time."