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Featured Stories: Organic Beauty, Organically Inspired Comfort

At Børn, we craft the most comfortable and uniquely beautiful footwear, keeping your feet happy and your style top notch. But footwear choice is just a small piece of the overall comfort equation.  Therefore, we’re always on the lookout for businesses and individuals that speak to the vision of Børn – inspired by nature’s beauty, driven by superior comfort and a state of well-being.

This month, we took a trip to The B Hive Organic Salon – an eco salon that embodies the Børn philosophy in so many ways.  Angela and James Alba conceived the idea for this salon when faced with the harsh realities of the mainstream hair and beauty industry – stylists and clients risk excessive exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and the excessive use of water, electricity and styling products negatively impact the environment. Additionally, stylists spend long hours on their feet and are prone to repetitive stress injuries (think hours of wrist twisting blow-drying).

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Consequently, the Albas created an inspired space, where clients could receive services using exclusively organic and environmentally friendly products.   The B Hive stylists receive extensive technical training with these products and the result is on par with or even better than a traditional salon.  Plus, their clients leave the salon knowing they’ve made a beneficial choice for themselves and the environment.

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From reclaimed barn siding to harvested rain water for their plants and flowers and wind powered engergy and LED lighting, every detail of the interior design of the B Hive Salon was consciously put in place with the environment in mind.  They feature hard-to-find product lines that are organic, vegan and locally sourced. Lastly, the salon is an active part of the vibrant NYC suburb of Hillsdale, New Jersey, supporting their fellow small businesses and contributing to the community.

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We spent the day with the talented staff and outfitted them each with a pair of Børn from our Fall 2014 collection. In a profession requiring long hours standing while exuding of-the-moment style, Børn was a perfect fit!  Watch this video to meet the staff and get some great fall styling ideas for your Børn shoes.

For more information on The B Hive Organic Salon visit   www.bhiveorganicsalon.com

Own or know of a business, artist or individual that embodies the Børn lifestyle?  Share your story with the #WeWearBorn community or contact us at bornpr@hhbrown.com.

Featured Stories: DIY: Autumn Light

What is it about the arrival of autumn that makes us instantly crave the warmth of cozy layers, pumpkin-spiced everything and our favorite broken-in leather boots (from Børn, of course)?

Maybe it’s the excitement of the possibilities of the new harvest season or the craving for comfort as summer makes its bittersweet exit.

Whatever the reason may be, that first bite of crisp chill in the morning air awakens our need for a fall refresh, not only for our wardrobes but for our home décor as well. We thought up a simple little craft, that won’t break the bank and adds a touch of rustic charm and warmth to the home as the cooler weather sets in.

You can craft this rustic votive holder with materials already on hand and accents foraged from your own back yard.

You will need:

-          A small glass container, at least 2 inches in diameter

-          Tea lights or votive size candles

-          Glue gun/glue sticks

-          A handful of twigs snapped to roughly match the size of the glass. Gather these outside – and grab more than you think you’ll need!

*A store-bought candle jar or tumbler also works, just be sure to peel off any labels before you begin to glue.

Steps:

1.  Begin by gluing each twig to the glass individually. Press on and move on to the next twig.

2.  Go around the perimeter of the glass until it is covered with twigs. You might want to go over any gaps when you’re done.

3.  Voila! You now have a votive candle holder that brings the outdoors in, minus the chill!

Watch our tutorial video here:

We hope your autumn is filled with warmth, comfort and light!

Don’t forget to check out all Børn has to offer to complete your fall wardrobe. Discover FALL 2014.

 

 

Featured Stories: Autumn’s Breath

We are enveloped in the warming embrace of nature's textures and patterns, embodying the spirit of Autumn's Breath…

As we created “Autumn’s Breath” on the rolling hills of Oregon’s Hood River region, we felt as though we were on an adventure in the Scottish highlands.  The lush, mossy greens of the hills were offset by the auburn and wheat shades of the sprawling meadows and sharpened by the steely grey of the rocky outcroppings of the cliffs.

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Our Fall 2014 collections reflect this awe-inspiring beauty — intricate textures, natural color, and organically-inspired designs that naturally wrap your feet in unparalleled comfort.

You will love our new collections of beautifully finished high-shaft boots and trend-worthy short booties.  As always, each pair of Børn is a work of art, hand-crafted using our signature Opanka construction technique.

Welcome to “Autumn’s Breath,” and immerse yourself into the layered textures, natural color, and incredible comfort and fashion of Børn Fall 2014.

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