• 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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  • In the News: Dansko Co-Founder and CEO Mandy Cabot

    By Diana on Monday, June 30, 2014

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    Source: TriplePundit, a news source for leaders of ethical, sustainable and profitable businesses

    Author: Geri Stengel

    Story: Stengel, author of Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One, believes a common thread unites women leaders of thriving businesses: a commitment to their communities. In the article, Stengel praises Dansko Co-Founder and CEO Mandy Cabot, who appeared in her title book, for guiding Dansko with a forward-thinking mentality. Stengel writes, “For women entrepreneurs, it’s not just about innovation and profit. It’s about making a difference.”

    The quote accurately describes Mandy, a leader who constantly strives to improve the quality of people’s lives through volunteerism, sustainable business practices and comfortable, supportive shoes. As a company, we’re thrilled to see Mandy recognized for her commitment!

    To learn more about our mission, values and drive to build a better tomorrow, visit Dansko.com.

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  • Food, Farms and Comfortable Clogs: Q&A With Cooking Light Executive Chef Anna Bullett

    By Diana on Friday, June 27, 2014

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    ​A childhood in Auburn, Maine has shaped the career of Cooking Light Executive Chef Anna Bullett, who used her upbringing to develop an appreciation for the earth—and for tasty food, too. As sustainable Mainers, Anna’s family collected food from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, knitted their own sweaters from sheep’s wool, and ate lamb and chicken from a local farmer. Although they didn’t know it, Anna and her family stood at the forefront of the organic food movement. 

    Fast forward 20 years. Now a successful chef for one of the country’s premier cooking magazines, Anna supports marketing and sales projects for clients, leads a line of ready-to-eat foods, teaches online cooking classes and ensures Cooking Light foods adhere to nutritional and flavor standards. Basically, if a task incorporates food, Anna gets involved. And any time she finds herself in the kitchen, she sports Dansko ProXP clogs, relying on comfort and support for long days of cooking and teaching. 

    We recently caught up with Anna to chat about her culinary creativity—and about her passion for Dansko clogs.

    Q: The moment you knew you wanted to work in the culinary industry:
    A: In my early teens, when I started cooking dinner for my family a few nights a week, I began to experience the joy that comes with taking responsibility for full bellies and smiling faces. That pretty much cinched the deal.

    Q: Hands-down favorite part of your job:
    A: When I meet people and they say, “I LOVE Cooking Light; I make your recipes all the time!”

    Q: Most eccentric dish you’ve ever created:
    A: No matter the cuisine, I tend to stick with proven flavor profiles. When I was trying to come up with a vegetarian meatball for work, I developed a great kofta-seasoned black bean ball with a carrot-raisin salad.

    Q: Favorite comfort meal:
    A: Homemade chicken pot pie.

    Q: Greatest lesson your parents ever taught you:
    A: Tread lightly on the Earth’s surface; good planets are hard to find.

    Q: Number one tip for dinner party hosts:
    A: Make a plan, write it down and start cooking at least two hours earlier than you think you need to start.

    Q: Why do you demand comfortable footwear at work?
    A: Safety is super important to me—so if I’m thinking about my aching feet, I am not concentrating on the knife in my hand.

    Q: If you could only wear one pair of Dansko clogs for the rest of your life, which would it be?
    A: Definitely my ProXPs in any color patent leather.

    Q: What designs would you like on see on a future pair of Dansko clogs?
    A: I love vintage scientific illustrations of fruits and vegetables, so perhaps a pair of patent ProXPs with printed blackberries or brussels sprouts!

    To learn more about Dansko all-day comfort and support, and to check out the ProXP clogs Anna sports in the kitchen (also available for men!), visit Dansko.com.

    [Photo Credit: Time Inc. Cooking Light is a registered trademark of Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. Used with permission.]

     

     

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  • Brooklyn Chef Justin Warner Shares Three Kitchen Essentials (Hint: He wears Dansko shoes!)

    By Meghan on Thursday, May 22, 2014

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    ​While working long hours of frying, sautéing, braising, and browning, New York chef Justin Warner strives to turn simple recipes into eclectic dishes. From his first ingredient to his last, he holds tightly to three kitchen essentials: an offset spatula, a heavy-bottomed stock pot and Dansko shoes. 

    Now, which item took the top spot?

    “Comfortable shoes are the most important kitchen essential,” said Warner, winner of the reality television series Food Network Star in 2012. “It's impossible to summon all of your creativity when your mind is being taxed by whiny feet or vertebra.”

    While in the kitchen of “Do or Dine,” Warner’s Brooklyn-based restaurant, the co-owner puts his creativity to good use. From a signature pork tenderloin dish, which incorporates red cabbage, roasted apples and wasabi marshmallows, to a scrumptious lamb breast starter, Warner sets out to please (and surprise) his guests. Along the way, he aims to protect his most important asset—his feet.  

    “On many occasions, I have been saved by durable Dansko leathers,” continued Warner. “Hot oil spills create disaster in the kitchen—disaster that I have only witnessed, because I’ve never endured a foot burn in 10 years of wearing Dansko shoes.”

    To round out his list of cooking essentials, Warner recommends a heavy-bottom stock pot, a pot used to heat and simmer soups and broths while preventing burns and unwanted stickiness. Warner completes his list with an offset spatula, a tool that uses a two-tier design to help navigate crowded stovetops with ease.

    When using these three essentials to conquer Do or Dine’s kitchen, Warner creates one-of-a-kind dishes for adventurous diners. But before he enters the kitchen, picks up his spatula and reaches for his stock pot, Warner grabs his official “chef shoes”—and steps into all-day comfort and support. 

    “I don’t actually own ‘work shoes,’” Warner concluded. “I am a Professional, and Dansko produces a professional shoe.”

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  • A Month of Celebrations: Dansko Recognizes Teachers and Nurses

    By Diana on Friday, May 16, 2014

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    ​In the month of May, when teachers start wrapping up their curriculum and nurses embrace the warm spring weather, we pause to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day and National Nurses Week. This year, to recognize teachers for continually inspiring their students, and to recognize nurses for their hard work and compassionate care, we hosted a pair of Dansko appreciation contests. The campaigns asked participants to answer one simple question: “Why do you celebrate?”

    After receiving thousands of responses, we randomly selected five teachers and five nurses as our grand prize winners—each of whom received Dansko shoes and a meal for her teaching or nursing team.

    So, how did four of our winners celebrate?

    Sarah M., Teacher from Manchester, NH

    “I celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day by turning one day into a whole week. We have a great PTO who makes the entire staff feel like they’re actually doing something to change the world. Every year, I look forward to the week because I’m reminded that people actually care about teachers. I always leave feeling reinvigorated for the rest of the school year.”

    Renay P., Nurse from South Deerfield, MA

    “My hospital celebrated with events throughout the week, including giveaways and a couple of complimentary meals for staff.  But what we really enjoyed about the Dansko lunch and prizes was that it was special to our department—the Emergency Department. To be able to share such generous prizes gave us a sense of unity and recognition during ‘our’ week.” 

    Chris E., Teacher from Cedar Rapids, VA

    “Before Teacher Appreciation Day, I have to admit – I didn’t pay much attention! But the Dansko gift was so special because it recognized what being an everyday teacher means – caring, advocating, building relationships with students and their families, doing what is right. After all, we all need encouragement!”

    Sharon G., Nurse from College Station, TX

    “Nurses week is always special because it gives us a chance to celebrate our profession and share what we do every day.  Our department has been so busy we didn’t even have plans to celebrate. But when we heard Dansko was honoring us with a luncheon and a free pair of shoes, we were so excited!  It gave us, as a group, a second wind to get through the week.”

    As 2014 continues, we plan to keep on celebrating—and we encourage you to do the same! 

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      2. July 21 2014 Dansko and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Team Up to "Save the Bay"
      3. July 15 2014 The "Idiosyncratic Fashionistas" Weigh In: How Do You Form a Style Identity?
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      6. July 08 2014 10 Summer Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
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      1. June 30 2014 In the News: Dansko Co-Founder and CEO Mandy Cabot
      2. June 27 2014 Food, Farms and Comfortable Clogs: Q&A With Cooking Light Executive Chef Anna Bullett
      3. June 24 2014 Summer Days at Dansko: Team Day 2014
      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
      7. June 10 2014 Kickstart Your Art Collection with these Five Artsy Tips
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      1. May 30 2014 Shop the Trend: Fresh and Fabulous Florals
      2. May 28 2014 10 Summer Suitcase Essentials for your Next Adventure
      3. May 22 2014 Brooklyn Chef Justin Warner Shares Three Kitchen Essentials (Hint: He wears Dansko shoes!)
      4. May 20 2014 Let Your Garden Grow: An Early June Planting Guide
      5. May 16 2014 A Month of Celebrations: Dansko Recognizes Teachers and Nurses
      6. May 14 2014 A Mixologist’s Journey: Q&A with Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler (And a Cocktail Recipe, too!)
      7. May 13 2014 Dansko Volunteers Hit the Road During "Footwear Cares" Month of Service
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      4. April 21 2014 Earth Day 2014: Five Steps for Conserving Water at Home
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      4. March 21 2014 Suits, Sweaters and Dansko: Q&A with New York Designer Drew Villani
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