Lenny & Eva makes
personalized mix and match leather cuffs to wear
on your wrist.
BROOKFIELD - A labor force of women working to get back
on their feet produces the handbags of Kindred Spirits.
products sold by 31 Bits benefit the Ugandan women who
craft the jewelry. Lenny & Eva is a company that
produces leather cuff bracelets with inspirational
The list of new products being carried by
Stan’s Fit For Your Feet share the common touch of an
interesting story and impeccable quality, or they likely
wouldn’t be in the store.
“We like to find brands that are quality
and that have a story or mean something to the
consumer,” said Megan Sajdak, marketing director for
Stan’s Fit For Your Feet/New Balance Milwaukee. “Some of
them are really well-known, quality brands, and that’s
why they’re in our stores.”
scarves and hats from alpaca. The family
business uses all fair trade practices and works
directly with Ecuadorian artisans to handweave
The expansion of the product line at
Stan’s is in response to the demands of consumers.
“The big driver is we are already
bringing quality footwear,” Sajdak said. “Our buyers are
already going out and bringing quality footwear products
to our store.”
Sajdak said women are looking for
accessories to pair with the footwear offerings
available at Stan’s three metro Milwaukee locations, and
men and women alike are always seeking gift items.
Stan’s is celebrating its 65th year as a
retail footwear option in the Milwaukee area. Stan’s Fit
For Your Feet stores are located in The Plaza at the
corner of Bluemound and Calhoun roads in Brookfield; in
Glendale at 505 W. Silver Spring Drive; and in
Greenfield in Layton Plaza at 7405 W. Layton Ave.
Sajdak said Stan’s tested various
products in stores and came to a better sense of what
consumers want in addition to footwear.
“Women are looking for that gift-giving
item, or that item that can accessorize their outfit,”
Sajdak said. “We’re bringing in quality items to
accessorize your apparel or wardrobe.”
owner Patti Yancey lost her job in the fashion
industry and began designing bags in 2007. The
bags are made by giving the design and
upholstery fabric to U.S. women trying to get
back on their feet. The women are paid for the
final product and all bags are one-of-a-kind.
Sajdak said the buyers at Stan’s go to
markets several times each year and peruse products. In
this instance, Stan’s is the buyer, and is purchasing
items from the manufacturer or sometimes a distributor.
Sajdak said Stan’s buyers attended
markets in Atlanta and Chicago in search of accessories
they felt would fit consumer demand and Stan’s existing
product line. Sajdak said the expansion in product line
is driven by a desire to be known for more than shoes.
“We are really developing our business
and making sure we are more than just a shoe store,”
Sajdak said. “Yes, you can get your shoes, but you can
also buy great gifts for your girlfriend or your wife.”
The new products are from 13 distinct
retailers and craftsmen.
Shupaca is a line of scarves and hats
made from alpaca. Leaders in Leather features handbags
hand-made with traditional Paraguayan techniques.
World Finds is fair-trade, original
jewelry. Espe specializes in animal-friendly, vegan
fashion and Lotus Jewelry makes handcrafted jewelry in
sterling silver or 14 karat gold for the everyday woman.
Luca + Danni make inspirational jewelry.
Chicago-based Shiraleah makes vegan leathers & leather
handbags with interesting interpretations on color and
Baggallini is the brainchild of two
flight attendants who wanted better bags for travelers,
and Hobo is a well-known brand of handcrafted leather
bags and wallets. Woolflower is best described as a
meeting of art and hand-crafted items made of wool.
“We’re really excited for the holidays,”
Sajdak said. “You’ll be able to get footwear for
yourself and a gift.”
Sajdak said the new product line is not a
one-off being stocked specifically for the holidays, and
said many of the items, which are available now, would
make excellent gifts for Mother’s Day, graduations or