Greetings from the Guate Boots front lines!
We have been hard at work getting ready to make our 2nd generation of Guate Boots. Growing from our lessons from the first round we have been preparing for the awesomeness that lies ahead. Tonight, we kick off the next generation at 7pm central time. We've got an amazing array of textiles from all over Guatemala, 100s of styles possible.
We've been studying the art of boot making as well since our last bout in the boot making madness. We had the great luck to pick the minds of two world class master shoemakers; Lee Miller of Texas Traditions Boots and Marcell Mrsán of Koronya Handmade Shoes and Boots. The two were kind enough to sit down with Sanders, Sophie, and Travis and share some wisdom in ways we could improve our Kicks. While we're still nowhere near master level we've made some awesome strides and are continually moving forward. We have to say, our first go was pretty great thanks to the awesome talents of our boot makers here in Guatemala. But we strive to always be improving!
Anywho, we're down here in Guatemala and have been working with the shoemakers; developing quality control processes, improving design aesthetics, finishing subtleties, communicating our standards with the community of boot makers, and overall just improving the whole creation of the boots. Meanwhile, Sanders has been getting our technology side up to speed so we can better organize these processes and make sure we can help you create the coolest boot possible.
Tessa, our rockstar (former) intern now turned full fledged Teysha Ally Extraordinaire has arrived for her first deployment in the field to help in developing these processes and to so experience more of the Mayan culture and their incredible artistry. She will be spending time in some of the pueblos getting to know some of the women Teysha has empowered and learning about their techniques, designs and culture. She's got an amazing eye for tapestries and has found some truly spectacular ones.
Hanna Hall, Teysha's newest Ally is arriving this evening for the kick off of our second round. She is an experienced Latin American explorer, anthropologist,and enthusiast who will be learning the ways of the Guate Boots and eventually be taking the reigns. She will be leading the charge on our anthropological mission to begin cataloging huipils and other Guatemalan art forms so we and our supporters can learn more about this incredible region and the many cultures that make it up. So look forward to hearing more from her on the amazingness that is Guatemala.
And for me, Travis, well I continue to find myself falling deeply in love with the world of design and am looking at every tool, pattern, fabric, leather, glue, thread, rubber, grommet, mind and hand and thinking how can we do better. While I must admit, I am a rookie relative to Lee and Marcell, their art form has inspired me to re-imagine the world of creation and commerce. Our shoes are not perfect, nor ever will be, imperfection is part of nature and humanity. But, is my mission to bring us, Teysha, closer and closer to this impossible perfection by learning, drawing, and helping the many people and materials that make up Teysha work together to reach this goal. For me, perfection is something that is created with respect to the natural beauty and limitations of our precious planet, respects the rights and health of the people involved in it's creation, empowers art forms to thrive in the modern world, and then delivers all of these traits- beauty, connection, quality, and respect- to the beholder and hopefully onward to their loved ones as the shoe goes on to other generations.
So, with that said, I want you to know that each pair of Kicks comes with our full backing. If you're not pleased, we're not pleased and will do anything in our power to make our Kicks the greatest shoes you've ever worn. We want to be your shoemaker and cultural connector for life.
Keep Earth Weird,