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Artisans are resilient by nature. They are passionate about what they do, and aren't afraid of hard work. Those who used to work in the corporate world admit that this job is much harder, but infinitely more gratifying. That is a sentiment that is worth saving, so we really need to support our artisans during these trying times. They make such high quality products, so this is a win-win for the consumer as well.

I was fortunate to interview many artisans over the past two years, and can't wait to meet more of these extraordinary people once it is safe again to do so. In the mean time, let's see how some of our favorite artisans are adapting to these crazy times.

We first met Antoine Fauqueur in the ancient shoe capital of France, Romans-sur-Isere in 2018. His company Un Si Beau Pas (Such a Pretty Step) breathes new life into the shoe manufacturing workshops there. Once a bustling industry, many workshops closed during the boom of cheap, mass-produced shoes abroad. But Antoine understands that women like to have beautiful, quality shoes that fit like a glove. Women get to choose the color, leather, heel height and even the toe shape. In the 2 weeks they take to finish, 15 artisans will have worked on these hand-crafted shoes. These precious pairs are not sold in department stores, but rather a group of Ambassadors design and fit each client personally.

With all of the beautiful combinations to choose from, I ended up with 3 pairs of pumps and a pair of booties! But like many women, I find that my dress shoes have migrated to the back of the closet, and dare I say, even started to collect dust? The ingenuity of artisans is amazing, as they have found ways to make us feel chic even while in our comfy clothes nestled up to our home computers. Un Si Beau Pas was recently featured on the prestigious French TV show 13H. (Click on the link below)