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The Story of Børn, Part 3: Freedom

The feeling you get by wearing a pair of Børn is almost indefinable. How do you describe a product experience that’s uniquely personal to the wearer? Much like art, the Børn aesthetic is created to inspire your creativity and freedom of self-expression in fashion. Some call it confidence, some call it independence, but the Børn experience is like no other. With Børn, we want you to be comfortable in your own skin.Origins 3 Freedom Image 2The look and feel of Børn has always been rooted in European style and trends. But our keen awareness of trends has never defined our design. We always interpret fashion through our own lens and through the Børn point of view.Origins 3 Freedom Image 3Some describe the Børn look as bohemian chic. Others note the artisan feeling in our handcrafted classics.Our style is never apologetic or trendy. Børn shoes are crafted to last, and we want our shoes to punctuate your individual sense of style for years to come. Børn has always charted its own course, and we encourage you to do the same.Origins 3 Freedom Image 4Designed to make you feel beautiful and comfortable from the inside out, Børn is a feeling that never goes out of style. And it’s a feeling you will want to hold onto forever.

We’d love to hear how Børn footwear fits into your life and how it makes you feel. Submit your story to our #wewearborn community to be entered to win a new pair of Børn and get featured on our site.

Featured shoes: Tyrell in Light Grey; Karmina in Antique Gold.

Through Our Lens: Desert Getaway – Palm Springs

California deserts are some of our favorite photo shoot destinations. We’ve been to the desert a few times now, so we thought we’d share some of our most-loved finds. First up: Palm Springs. You can’t beat this super-retro, funky resort town for its hip, nostalgic vibe.

A study in pink, teal, orange, and anything vibrant, Palm Springs is a quirky-chic desert oasis that evokes the authentic Hollywood glamour of the ’50s and ’60s. You can see and feel the Rat Pack vibe everywhere, and the often kitcshy roadside art and architecture will keep you smiling.Travel Stories Palm Springs Image 02Where to stay: You can’t beat the Ace Hotel and Swim Club for its hip-heritage charm. The lobby is known for its desert-nautical rope installation, the ’50s diner for breakfast and lunch is a foodie’s delight, and it’s THE place for live entertainment every weekend. If your scene is less hip and happening and more old-school mid-century luxury, stay at the Horizon Hotel, just down the street (the French-press morning coffee is perfection).

Where to dine: There is one place that stands alone for us, and it’s the locals’ favorite too: Trio, on North Palm Canyon Drive. You’ll love the menu, the atmosphere, the quirky local artist installations, and of course, the cocktails (Palm Springs is known for its martinis, thank you Dean Martin!).Travel Stories Palm Springs Image 03What to do: Palm Springs isn’t just tanning by the pool and sipping martinis.  A day of vintage shopping is an absolute must. Try Déjà Vu Vintage or Mitchells. They’ll transport you straight into Doris Day’s closet for chic ’50s designer finds, along with one-of-a-kind showstoppers from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.  Or, you could hit the links, because Palm Springs is known for its incredible golf courses, with Classic Club in Palm Desert being one of the best.

What to bring: Pack pretty light, because you’ll only need a few key pieces to take you through day and night in this sunny, casual chic town. Our pick this season is the Doree for the perfect retro day-to-night look. Guys, the Chamberlain will work beautifully with your brightly-colored chino shorts or crisp linen trousers.Travel Stories Palm Springs Image 04Next Stop: Day Trip Adventure to Joshua Tree National Park

Artist Spotlight: David Emitt Adams

An affinity for finding inspiration in untamed desert landscapes led us to the unique artwork of photographer David Emitt Adams. David superimposes his wet-plate collodion photography onto man-made objects, mainly old tin cans, turning them into remarkable works of art. His surprising approach to capturing the spirit of the desert awakened our curiosity and we had to share his story.

Artist Spotlight David Emmitt Adams Image 02RUSTY RELICS TAKE ON NEW LIFE AS OBJETS D’ART

Growing up in Yuma, Arizona, David always had a fascination for the desert, yet never knew the landscape without the forgotten debris of urban sprawl. Rather than bemoaning “desert garbage,” he began collecting old cans, some more than four decades old, with the idea of turning trash into art. Once shiny cylinders, these vessels have become twisted husks of rusty tin discarded and forgotten on the barren desert floor.

Artist Spotlight David Emmitt Adams Image 03Look closer and you’ll discover amazing tintype images captured on their surfaces, photographic tributes to the lost spirit of the American West. Using a 19th century process called wet-plate collodion, David produces images of his beloved desert on the metal, with the rich rust patina as his backdrop. The results are truly intriguing and quite beautiful.

Artist Spotlight David Emmitt Adams Image 04Images of nature appear on the corroded relics, harmonizing the organic and manufactured forms. The pitted, rusty metal surface shows the effects of light and time, the two main components inherent in the very nature of photography. These objects have history as artifacts, which is only enhanced by the images connected to the place where they were found.

Artist Spotlight David Emmitt Adams Image 05Today, David is represented by The Etherton Gallery in Tucson and is rapidly gaining attention. He calls his collection “Conversations with History” and it’s easy to see why. By capturing moments on timeworn surfaces, he creates pieces people can’t stop talking about.

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From The Runway: Børn x Katie Gallagher featuring Du Jour

We already know that Børn’s Du Jour wedge is the perfect accompaniment to our everyday spring outfits, but we didn’t know how well it would translate to the high fashion runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

As it turns out, quite well. This past September, Katie Gallagher sent her Resort 2015 collection down the catwalk with her models strapped comfortably into our Du Jour wedges.  Consequently, all of the stiletto-strapped models from other shows were rightfully jealous. Of the collaboration, The Fabulous Report says, “Can we also add that we had so much appreciation for how comfortable the shoes (sometimes paired with socks) looked? The lack of the typical Fashion Week heel was a breath of fresh air and only further embodied the effortlessly, eerily pretty nature of the collection.”

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Du Jour, an open toe wedge sandal with a comfortable 2 ¾ inch platform, transformed itself into Gallagher’s aesthetic of flowy silhouettes and breezy sheer pieces. The promising designer charmingly dressed up the wedges with chic quarter length socks and strings of beads to match the color of the shoe, adding a whimsical touch to its silhouette.

Katie Gallagher is RISD graduate with quite a cult following. Her resort collection titled “Fantasm,” carries themes of transparency, color and colorlessness. For this reason, the designer used Born Du Jour in custom luggage, black and white leathers to complement the neutral, nearly disappearing color palette.


We give kudos to Gallagher for showing us another side of a sandal we traditionally would have worn in brighter hues and with jeans, maxi skirts and sun dresses. Du Jour is currently available in seven spring-perfect shades; mango (orange), cherry (red), antique gold, antique silver, black, ice (off white) and luggage (tan).  Shop Du Jour and get your perfect spring pair today.

The Story of Børn, Part 2: Nature

Inspiration comes in many forms. For us, it appears in nature. It radiates from the sun-washed colors of the desert, and from the jewel hues of the sea and the sky. It emerges from the mystical layering of Earth’s magnificent landscapes, be they mountains, forests or meadows. Nature touches our souls and our hearts every day. Our love for the beauty of the Earth’s natural dynamics has always been an essential part of the Børn ethos.

Origins 2 Nature Image 2When we design a new collection, much of our fashion aesthetic comes from Earth’s natural elements. You can see it in our leathers and in the way they’re finished. Always incredibly soft, rich and beautiful, our leathers are meticulously crafted for natural textures and tones, or hand burnished to reveal inner depth and a natural luminescence. Every season, we celebrate the beauty found in nature.

Origins 2 Nature Image 3There is something about the Earth that fills the soul with possibilities, and that is a guiding principle we want to share with you. With style, with fashion, and with life — we want you to embrace the freedom and endless opportunities of the Earth’s dynamic story.

Origins 2 Nature Image 4The ultimate goal of Børn, is to elicit a sense of personal wonder and discovery. To urge you onto new paths, unexplored destinations and sometimes a fantastical universe. Fashion has always been about dreams, and Børn wants you to dream.

Featured shoes: Sawyer in Safari; Tyrell in Light Grey.

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