• Runway Rundown: Q&A with Designer Karolyn Pho

    By Diana on Monday, September 22, 2014

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    ​Young, creative and inspired by her surroundings, fashion designer Karolyn Pho strives to achieve a delicate balance between an artful, avant-garde ideal and the ease of classic American design. Her Spring/Summer 2015 collection, entitled Vagabond, accomplishes this goal…

    …and just so happens to showcase Dansko footwear!

    During her New York Fashion Week presentation at Pier 59 Studios, located on the Hudson River in Chelsea, New York City, Karolyn featured 26 different looks, each sporting clean whites, fun pops of color and oversized accessories. White clogs from our Stapled collection, including Ingrid, Sonja and the Professional, added a classic, minimalistic touch, one that Karolyn called “a huge statement piece” while remaining “subtle.”
     

    We caught up with Karolyn to learn more about her fashion expertise—and her passion for Dansko clogs.

    Q: How does the title Vagabond describe your SS15 collection?
    A: The collection this season is more utilitarian and functional in its silhouettes. That ease and wearability helps to evoke the vagabond spirit.
     
    Q: What inspired Vagabond’s color palette?
    A: The color palette was inspired by Art Deco Architecture of South Florida in the 60's-- there's a mixing and matching of pastels and pops of neon.

    Q: How can fashion tell a story?
    A: Fashion is cinematic by nature. It can literally place you in a specific world at a specific time and give insight into a character's person … all without saying one word.
     
    Q: Describe your personal style in five words or less.
    A: Elevated classic with a personal quirk.
     
    Q: Name one accessory you never leave home without.
    A: My tennis bracelet and my gold thumb band. The ring was my mother's 'lucky' ring which she wore when her and my father started their first business.
     
    Q: Name one location or setting that never ceases to provide inspiration.
    A: New York City
     
    Q: How did our Ingrid, Sonja and Professional clogs enhance your collection’s aesthetic?
    A: The clog style footwear was my homage to 90's fashion. They were a huge statement piece in my runway showing, yet subtle enough to not distract from the clothing.
     
    Q: Why Dansko?
    A: Dansko is a household name for clogs. Every one of my friends has owned a pair of Dansko shoes at some point in their life—they’re a classic!
     
    To learn more about the clogs featured in Vagabond, and to browse the rest of our Stapled collection, visit Dansko.com.

     

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  • Spotted: TV Host Meredith Vieira

    By Nick on Friday, September 19, 2014

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    Spotted: Meredith Vieira

    Style: Dansko Ingrid

    Source: Meredith Vieira Show: Friday, September 19

    Story: With her outstanding sense of humor, and her down-home personality, Meredith grabbed her backpack and joined the audience during a “Meredith’s favorites” segment. The ever-candid host proceeded to pull various items from her bag, explaining their significance to her daily routine.

    And then, with her smiling crowd watching intently, she unveiled a pair of Dansko Ingrid clogs.

    “My Dansko clogs!” Meredith exclaimed. “Clogs are cool now, but I was ahead of the trend. I’ve actually been wearing these since I was a teenager…”

    As the crowd shared their oohs and ahhs, Meredith announced a gift for all: a voucher for a free pair of Dansko shoes. Of course, the attendees followed with a raucous round of applause (and a few more oohs and aahs!).

    To learn more about our fabulous Ingrid clog visit Dansko.com. Or, to view clips from Friday's episode, check out Meredith Vieira online.

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  • Dansko Voted Best for Workers

    By Christy on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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    From volunteer activities (like tomato picking!) to family nights, and from employee ownership to birthday celebrations (with ice cream, of course), we function as a friendly footwear family. And just like any tight-knit family, we look out for one another--and for our community, too.

    As a "Certified B Corp," Dansko meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Thankfully, we’re not alone in our pursuit of a better tomorrow; more than 1,000 companies from 33 countries and more than 60 industries also serve as Certified B Corps, creating a friendly community of forward thinkers.

    For us, meeting these standards requires a commitment to the environment, the community, our consumers and, of course, our very own employees. So we work in LEED® gold certified facilities and run the only recycling center in our community; design “Foot Healthy” shoes, as certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association; and provide our employees with 20 hours of paid time off to volunteer, all while donating the equivalent of their salaries to the organizations they serve.

    For our efforts, B Corp recently recognized Dansko as a 2014 “Best for Workers” company—for the second year in a row! We’re thrilled and honored to create a rewarding workplace for our employees, and couldn’t be happier to work in such a positive, uplifting community.

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      ​Late this summer, our employees took full advantage of their volunteer hours, heading to SIW Farm in nearby Chadds Ford, PA to pick tomatoes. Our crew traveled under the name “Team Tomato” and picked goods for the Chester County (PA) Food Bank, who later distributed our tomatoes to smaller, local food banks. We even put bruised tomatoes to good use, picking them for use in tasty tomato sauces.

      “‘Team Tomato Day’ fell in line with everything I am passionate about” started Bruce M., Sales, “including farming, growing and distributing locally, fresh veggies, giving back, the helping less fortunate and the hungry. It gave me great pleasure to take part in such a rewarding experience.”

      For Bruce, “Team Tomato Day” represents one of many ways Dansko strives to create an employee-focused--and others focused--community.
       
      “Our staff regularly volunteers for causes and projects they believe in, want to be part of, and just find interesting,” Bruce continued. “Collectively, volunteering makes a positive difference in our communities and in our Dansko family.”  
       

      To learn more about our role as a 2014 B Corp “Best For Workers” company, visit the Dansko Press Room.  

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  • Get to Know Tamara: Our Go-To-Work or Go-Out Shoe

    By Nick on Thursday, September 04, 2014

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    ​Before making essential purchases, consumers often consult professional reviews. Cars receive ratings for crash-test performance, vacuums receive ratings for suction capacity, and refrigerators receive ratings for longevity and reliability. But what about shoes?

    This summer, Restaurant Business Magazine added shoes to the consumer review mix, completing their first-ever “shoe test.” The publication tasked eight staff members with a challenge: to test popular styles for “front-of-house” workers—like hosts, hostesses and servers—and “back-of-house” workers—like chefs, cooks and dishwashers. Based on comfort, durability and slip resistance, the Magazine ranked the top shoes in the industry.

    How did we fare?

    Dansko served as the only brand to score top marks across the board, a humbling honor! In particular, the Magazine praised our Tamara shoe, offering a perfect 15 out of 15 score. Ready for busy professionals, including back-to-school teachers and creative culinary experts, Tamara took home the Magazine’s highest review. 

    Below, we share a few of Tamara’s greatest features—and a few of the reasons Restaurant Business Magazine celebrated our comfortable, supportive shoe. Take a look! 

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      1. Richly-burnished, full-grain leather uppers offer workday style and durability. But when you get home, why not keep them on? Tamara pairs with cords, trousers, jeans, bootcut pants and more, delivering the ultimate got-to-work or go-out shoe.

      2. Speaking of style, we took Tamara’s clean and classic lines and added a heritage-inspired buckle. Subtle accent stitches complement a stitched-to-sole construction, offering a timeless look for every day of the week.
       
      3. A breathable leather socklining provides comfort for the breakfast rush and the late-night crew. When you’re on the move all day, every day, you’ll want dry feet (and socks!).
       
      4. Trust us: comfort and breathability should always work in tandem. So we infused the socklining with leather and latex foam, ensuring all-day comfort with a soft and supportive ride.
       
      5. Despite offering all these features (and more), we kept Tamara lightweight and stable, providing an ideal option for all-day travels.
       
      Interested in learning more about Tamara? Visit Dansko.com for all the details, or check out our "Find A Retailer" page to find a pair near you!
       
      [Magazine Photo Credit: Restaurant Business Magazine]

       

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  • A Passion for Fashion: Q&A With Marcus Allen

    By Diana on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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    ​As a high school student, Marcus Allen experienced a typical teenager’s plight. Torn between his passion—modern fashion—and his studies, Marcus took a job with popular clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch before moving on to work for Ralph Lauren. Along the way, he discovered that a hard-working hobby can turn into a successful future.

    “My family actually asked me not to work during school so I could focus on my studies,” he said. “But I had my mind set on buying Purple Label and Ralph Lauren; I’ve always been intrigued by who you can become with clothing.”
     
    Marcus harnessed his passion all the way through school and into his current role as a New York-based stylist and consultant. On a daily basis, he surrounds himself with “amazingly inspiring people,” from fashion photographers, to the city’s top creative minds, to client Melet Mercantile, a vintage showroom.
     
    In early 2014, one of Marcus’ influential partners—Australian-born designer Drew Villani—introduced a men’s clothing line. Marcus served as Drew’s professional stylist, pairing clean, contemporary tops and pants with Dansko clogs. After speaking with Drew this spring, we had to know more. So we caught up with the ever-stylish Marcus to ask a few questions about his passion for fashion—and to learn more about his enthusiasm for “minimalistic” Dansko clogs.  
     
    Q: Describe your style in five words or fewer:
    A: Eclectic
     
    Q: If you had to select one fashion icon, you would chose:
    A: I’m always impressed with the personal style of L'uomo Vogue fashion editor Robert Rabensteiner
     
    Q: Number one tip for those looking for a style update:
    A: Comfort always looks best so I wouldn't try too hard to update—just re-evaluate your wardrobe and purge when things feel dormant
     
    Q: If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, you would wear:
    A: A black t-shirt and tux pants
     
    Q: Favorite summer fabrics:
    A: Linen and cotton blend because of their drape and flow
     
    Q: No man should ever leave his house without:
    A: His card case
     
    Q: How does confidence influence a man’s style?
    A: Confidence allows you to try new things and speaks to how you carry yourself
     
    Q: How do Dansko shoes complement your wardrobe?
    A: Dansko provides an unexpected element and makes for an interesting style combination—and most definitely a topic of conversation
     
    To view our complete men's line, and learn more about Marcus' must-have shoes, visit Dansko.com.
     
    [Photo Credit: Christopher Fenimore
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      ​Marcus sporting our Karl clogs with denim and a scoop-neck t-shirt

      ​[Photo Credit: Justin Chung]

       

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      1. September 25 2014 Retailer Spotlight: A Time for Community with Dee Reid
      2. September 22 2014 Runway Rundown: Q&A with Designer Karolyn Pho
      3. September 19 2014 Spotted: TV Host Meredith Vieira
      4. September 18 2014 Kickstart Your Daily Routine With Airman Annelise Rowe
      5. September 17 2014 Dansko Voted Best for Workers
      6. September 12 2014 The Birth of a Comfort Generation
      7. September 11 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Tuning Into Your Taste Buds
      8. September 05 2014 Staff Picks: Our Favorite Fall Styles
      9. September 04 2014 Get to Know Tamara: Our Go-To-Work or Go-Out Shoe
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      1. August 29 2014 Four Nursing Lessons and One Big Giveaway
      2. August 27 2014 Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets
      3. August 25 2014 Recognizing our Footwear Family with Five Anniversaries
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      6. August 14 2014 Touring Dansko Headquarters: Our Five Favorite Spots
      7. August 12 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Three Ways to Focus the Wandering Mind
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      4. July 21 2014 Dansko and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Team Up to "Save the Bay"
      5. July 15 2014 The "Idiosyncratic Fashionistas" Weigh In: How Do You Form a Style Identity?
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      4. June 20 2014 Cabot Creamery Makes a Difference in Local Communities
      5. June 17 2014 Shop the Trend: Rooted in Vintage
      6. June 12 2014 A Moment For Mindfulness: Introducing Guest Bloggers Mindful Magazine
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      6. May 14 2014 A Mixologist’s Journey: Q&A with Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler (And a Cocktail Recipe, too!)
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      1. March 28 2014 Volunteers Leave a SPLASHing Impact
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