These sweet little velvet shoes arrived from China just a few weeks ago. They're handmade by three grandmothers in a village in central China. The shoes come in vibrant colors, which the grandmothers tell me symbolize a lucky, happy and colorful life. When I was in villages last October, this very sentiment was echoed throughout my trip.
"Babies should be surrounded by happiness," one grandmother told me.
Another woman, who sat near a river with a bird that called me Pretty Girl, said, "Children should be playful and happy. The colors of these shoes should encourage that."
These little velvet gems each feature a hand stitched flower. From the color of the button to the detail of the flower's bloom, each pair is unique.
They'll be up and for sale by week's end. Keep your eyes peeled!