I am American Made

I have a favor to ask you.

redshoes26 is up for an Audience Choice award in Martha Stewart’s American Made contest, and I’d love your vote(s) to win!

It’ll take you just a moment to submit your vote for redshoes26 here.

You’ll log in with your Facebook account, or set up an account with your name and email address, and then just click on VOTE! You can vote up to six times per day now until Sept. 13, so if you click on it six times for redshoes26, I would be so grateful!

While you’re at it, please share the news with all of your fans and followers.

State Icons by redshoes26

State Icons by redshoes26

The small business that wins the Audience Choice award gets moola for our business, plus some sweet Martha fame.

Thank you so much for all of your support!

PS. If you’re making the commitment to buy more American-made goods, take a look around the site. There are some very talented American makers listed there, including my friends Oh Dier and 3waybeauty!


This week : Fall 2013 Trunk Show

Fashionistas! Do-gooders! Art lovers! You’ll all love the Fall 2013 Trunk Show happening at Roe Wolfe on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 10am-7pm. Come see the new fall fashions at the boutique, and if you purchase denim from Henry & Belle, the company and Roe Wolfe will donate 20% of the sale to Make-a-Wish Minnesota. Win-win!

There will also be a cocktail reception, and you can meet Chelsea Lankford of zippedblog.com from 4-7pm.

If that’s not all, you can also enter to win a free pair of Henry & Belle denim!

Oh! And while you’re there, check out the gallery wall near the back of the boutique, where my State Icons are hanging in all their glory. More than 100 of them, in fact!

trunk show info

What didn’t fit : Ashley Kilcher

I haven’t known Ashley Kilcher long. The owner of the clothing, makeup, and home boutique Roe Wolfe in Minneapolis came as a guest to the HAMMS (Help a Minnesota Maker Succeed) Event this past April, and stopped by my booth. It was funny, because I had been thinking about contacting Roe Wolfe about possibly carrying my work, and there she was, handing me her business card because she wanted my State Icons in her boutique. It’s like she read my mind!

Since that time, my little illustrations have been a smash hit at Roe Wolfe, and through Nov. 1 you can actually find my entire collection—more than 100 State Icons—on the boutique’s gallery wall. Also in that short time, Ashley and I have become not only business partners, but friends. I got much more than I bargained for back in April, and I couldn’t be happier.

Ashley Kilcher, owner of and makeup artist at Minneapolis-based boutique, Roe Wolfe.

Ashley Kilcher, owner of and makeup artist at Minneapolis-based boutique, Roe Wolfe.

Hey Ashley! Tell us about you. 
I’m a born and raised Minnesotan, and grew up just outside of the Twin Cities. One of my first jobs in high school was at a hair salon, and I had a manager there who, after work, taught me to cut hair. I went to college for a bit, then decided to go to beauty school. I went to Scot Lewis in Bloomington, and while I was there, I took some makeup workshops from James Ryder. I was invited to his intensive course in Los Angeles, and my love for makeup continued. I worked in a salon for short while after school, and then at MAC Cosmetics. I wanted to get into runway, so I answered an ad for a show. I emailed the lead, asking for an opportunity to assist.

After my husband and I had our first baby, I stayed home and continued to freelance for a few years. Most of my freelance work was in the fashion world, and two years ago, after collaborating with another artist, Roe Wolfe was born. [We opened the shop in Mendota Heights, and it] was a place to center my makeup work and love for fashion.

Tell us about Roe Wolfe. 
We moved the boutique from Mendota Heights to Minneapolis this summer, and we’re loving the new location! It’s bigger, and has a brighter feeling. We love having a location where our clients can come in with or without an appointment to check out makeup and clothes. I think we took the best parts of a department store and the best parts of a boutique, and fit them in one place. We are only brick and mortar right now, but we would love to offer an online store in the future.

On the makeup side, we do applications and consultations in-store and on location. We do lots of bridal, corporate, and print work. Roe Wolfe is mostly staffed with makeup artists, and although we have some ladies that can assist, they don’t do full applications yet. Most of the time, if you’re looking to have your makeup done, you’ll be helped by Jacqueline or me. Jacqueline has been with Roe Wolfe from the start, and is an amazing artist.

The other main piece to the store is the clothing. I’ve always been into fashion, and love being able to share that through the store. My favorite brand is the Pendleton Portland Collection. It’s Pendleton’s contemporary brand, and the line is in its third season. The new fall items will be shipping into Roe Wolfe soon.

I’m also in love with the Chicago-based Henry & Belle denim. The jeans feel like butter, and the company gives part of each sale to charity. Roe Wolfe is hosting a Trunk Show with H&B on Aug. 29. Chelsea from zippedblog.com will be there from 4-7pm for a meet & greet and fashion advice. We’re donating 20% of all denim purchases to Make-a-Wish Minnesota.

We love to support local where we can as well. We carry local jewelry designers Via Patina, Larrissa Loden, and Realia by Jen. One great new feature at the store is the large art wall in the back. Every few months we ask an artist to come in and hang their pieces on the wall. [Editor’s note: For the next two months, it’s State Icons by redshoes26 on the wall!]

What’s the best part of being a small business owner?
For me, it’s meeting and networking with other small businesses. It’s so inspiring to hear their stories, as well as their struggles. There are so many great small businesses and brands in Minnesota, and so many are women-owned.

What’s the most challenging?
I think the hardest part is balancing mom-life and work-life. As an entrepreneur, I’m my own boss, but that also means I dedicate loads of time and energy to the store. I’m grateful my girls are proud of the store, and love to come hang out!

And now I have to ask, what are your favorite pair of shoes?
My favorite shoes are my Coclico booties. They have delicious wood soles, and are handmade in Spain. We’ll bring shoes back into Roe Wolfe later this fall, and I can’t wait! We have some cute booties on the way….

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State Icons at Mill City Museum Shop

My list of retailers has expanded again! You can now find my State Icon illustrations at the Mill City Museum Shop. Have you been here before? If not, be sure to check it out the next time you’re in the area, at the Museum, or if you just need a unique gift. I love the way the shop is curated into little Minnesota-themed vignettes, with focuses on everything from wine to fishing to baking to tea parties. It’s very well done.

Gold Medal Flour Sign - State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

Gold Medal Flour Sign – State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

I’m really excited to have my State Icons be part of the Mill City Museum!

Mill City Museum Shop
704 South Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

State Icons at the WAM Shop

The next time you’re on or near the University of Minnesota campus, stop into the Weisman Art Museum’s gift shop. It’s a sweet shop that packs a lot—in a beautifully organized way—into a small space. As of today, you can find my State Icon illustrations there.

I’m happy and honored to add the WAM Shop to my list of retailers!

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum – State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26