Founder's Favorites

 

Nini founded this company with the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to elevate the way they look and feel every day. She is a proponent of artisan culture & global craftsmanship, which is why our collections are handmade in Bucaramanga, Colombia by those who have mastered the techniques and traditions to create the highest quality footwear. Her vision is to provide jobs that help sustain the local community and practice ethical, small-batch manufacturing to ensure minimal waste of materials and resources.

Here, are some of Nini's favorite things.

FAVORITE SHOE FOR DAY:

The Brown Patrica wedge! 

FAVORITE SHOE FOR THE NIGHT:

The Alkala Blush - this color makes a simple look feel punchy. 

FAVORITE ALL-TIME NINI MEBUKE FOOTWEAR COLOR & PRINT:

Our Blush Snake Print Mules sits near the top of my list. Its' a gorgeous, rich in color and is surprisingly wearable with anything. 

FAVORITE WAY TO START THE DAY: 

I always like to start my day off with a latte and a homemade breakfast.  

INSPIRED TO BE ENTREPRENEUR: 

I think some of it was innate, and the rest was inspired by my parents. They were both successful entrepreneurs and from my earliest memories pushed me to dream big, take risks, and pursue my passions.

The two most impactful pieces of my childhood were my family and playing competitive sports. There are not many things that can prepare you better for life as an entrepreneur than being a student athlete. It teaches you to have resilience, which in my experience is one of the most important attributes an entrepreneur should have. Each day can be a roller coaster, with highs and lows happening within hours of each other. The key is to be able to ride these waves with a calm, optimistic and determined mindset.

FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER SNACK:

Milk duds & Pretzel. 

FAVORITE PLACE TO TRAVEL:

Bucaramanga, Colombia

 

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN CHICAGO:

I'd start my day with a morning run and coffee followed by a walk though our local park. In the afternoon if the weather is nice I like to take a stroll through Michigan Avenue and will at times stop by Navy Pier to take a look at the fantastic view of the Chicago skyline. On my way back I stop into my favorite neighborhood restaurant for lunch. 

To finish my day, I make time to meet a friend at Summer House Santa Monica - a chic, California inspired fare for a burger. 

FAVORITE WAY TO GET INSPIRED:

I like to find as much time in my day to get outdoors, it is during these times when I find inspiration. I grew up in the Republic of Georgia, where a lot of our time was spent outside whether on the patio or playing tennis. Even today, I feel most energized when I'm on the move and enjoying the outdoors, be it on a tennis court, running down Lackshore Drive, or simply pausing to take it the beautiful Chicago Skyline.  

FAVORITE SMALL BUSINESS TO SHOP:

Diandra Lammens - has family inspired clothing boutique called Matty & Lou where you can find trendy and comfortable one of a kind pieces. With their colorful packaging it makes for a great gift. 

FAVORITE WORKOUT YOU'VE DONE RECENTLY:

Tami Conway - has a family owned fitness studio called SALT. I just did their SWEAT 45 class on zoom, you will be amazed at the work you can do without weights.