Designer Ryan Campbell began her journey as a shoe artisan by designing custom sandals for adults. But when she designed a mini pair for tiny toes, she fell head over heels – pun intended.
As it turns out, good design and quality craftsmanship runs in the family. “My mom (and Zuzii design partner) invented the Ansa baby bottle when I was just a baby,” Ryan writes. “I grew up around product development and mass manufacturing.” Yet when it came time to choose a manufacturer for Zuzii, her premiere line of quality shoes, accessories and headwear for kids, Ryan set her sights on one country: her’s.
“Our whole team puts forth a huge effort to buy American-made and yes, these products do come at a premium, but in this economy there’s nothing more important to us,” Ryan writes in an interview with retailer Brika. “By shopping small, we collectively can have a huge impact on the growth of the economy.”
Although the costs of her designs reflect the quality pieces she sources (shoes start at $50, accessories at $10), it’s a small price to pay for an American gal seeking to better our economy. “This is exactly what I love to do,” she writes. “Making products with a soul and a story.”
And those are footsteps I’d gladly follow.
Image Credits: Zuzii
p.s. More polka dot shoes.