My first encounter with Artemis was during a trip to Nantucket. I came across their stunning men’s slippers, which came in a number of incredible shades and textures. Each pair was unique, yet luckily my favorite happened to come in my size.
The designer Milicent Armstrong created the brand. She repurposes vintage kilim — flat woven rugs from Turkey — into everything from shoes to bags to accessories like camera straps. All of Artemis’ products are produced at an artisan workshop in Istanbul, and each item is a testament to impeccable craftsmanship.
I love Artemis’ products from the concept, originality, and uniqueness of the patterns and colors, to the way the tones shift in unexpected ways as the fabrics age. I was so taken with the men’s slippers I’d purchased, I decided to have a collection of men’s kilim loafers, travel duffels and weekenders created for my SS17 runway show. The look was so successful I had Artemis design another collection to sell at my flagship store. Each pair adds a special, inventive quality to most any outfit.