Store Spotlight: Santa Fe Craftsman

Bob and Dianna Criswell outside of their store, Santa Fe Craftsman located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Bob and Dianna, along with employee Katrina Thibert, strike a pose in their favorite Minnetonka sandals and mocs in front of Santa Fe Craftsman's wide selection of Minnetonka styles.

 

Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  Santa Fe Craftsman 118 N. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO.

This week we are excited to spotlight Santa Fe Craftsman located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Owned by Bob and Dianna Criswell, Santa Fe Craftsman has been in business for 24 years, beginning with a location in Atlanta, Georgia and moving to Fort Collins 8 years ago in 2004.

Check out our interview with Bob and Dianna and the next time you are in the Fort Collins area, be sure to stop by Santa Fe Craftsman to say hi and shop their large selection of Minnetonka products!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
When vacationing out west we always enjoyed shopping at local gift stores and became familiar with the Minnetonka brand.  After relocating our store to Fort Collins we thought that Minnetonka would be a perfect addition to our store and would really personify the Fort Collins area.

With Southwestern gifts and jewelry as the main focus of Santa Fe Craftsman, and with a new generation discovering Minnetonka, we realized that our proximity to Colorado State University would be very beneficial.  We inquired about carrying Minnetonka products in our store and received our first shipment in 2005.  Since that first year of selling a variety of Minnetonka styles our sales have quadrupled!

What is the most popular Minnetonka product at Santa Fe Craftsman?
Our most popular styles by far are the Kilty moc and 3-Layer Fringe boot, in all colors.

What is your favorite Minnetonka style to wear?
Dianna’s personal favorite is the Minnetonka Tramper boot and Bob enjoys the Classic moc in dusty brown.

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs?
We style our Minnetonka’s just about every way!  With the versatility of Minnetonka styles, they go with everything.  It’s shorts and casual shirts during the spring and summer weather and then we move right into jeans and khakis during the fall and winter months.

What are a few of your favorite “must see” destinations when visiting the Fort Collins area near Santa Fe Craftsman?
We are located near Colorado State University, and are visited often by the students who refer to our store as “The Minnetonka Store!”  We enjoy the wide variety of great restaurants on College Avenue located near our store like, the Aggie and Hodie’s which offer live music just about every night.  White water river rafting and fly fishing on The Poudre River are also very popular in the area, as well as hiking trails as far as the eye can see!

Blogger Spotlight: Little Tree Vintage

Maria's signature Minnetonka style in her Thunderbird Crepe Sole mocs and Fringe handbag.

Maria of Little Tree Vintage in her classic Minnetonka 3-Layer Fringe boots!

Maria representing Minnetonka at Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota, sporting her Thunderbird Boat Sole mocs.

 

Minnetonka Blogger Spotlight:  Maria of Little Tree Vintage

Twice a month Minnetonka spotlights the style of bloggers we love in our Minnetonka Blogger Spotlight.

This week we’re very excited to spotlight Maria, the blogger behind Little Tree Vintage, one of our favorite style blogs to visit when we are in need of a little fashion inspiration.  We love how Maria styled these three adorable summer looks in her signature indie-urban-chic style featuring a few iconic Minnetonka styles including the 3-Layer Fringe Boot, the Thunderbird Crepe Sole, Thunderbird Boat Sole and Fringe handbag.

Check out Maria’s Minnetonka story and find out what inspires her style in our Q&A. Plus stop by Little Tree Vintage to say hi and enter to win a pair of your very own Calf Hi 3-Layer Fringe Boots!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
I got my first pair of Minnetonkas a few years ago and instantly fell in love. They are the double fringe side zip boot, and they are the cutest little mocs I have ever laid my eyes on. You can see me wearing them, here and here. The material, and how beautifully crafted they are has made them last all these years, and they are still in MINT condition.

If you could explain your style in one word or phrase, what would it be?
I think if I had to pick one phrase it would definitely be indie-urban-chic. If that even makes any sense! I love independent designers and an urban city look, and even though I throw in some “edge” here and there, overall I love having that girly touch.

Whose style inspires you?
On a daily basis I read a lot of different blogs, so I definitely get inspired by other bloggers who know how to dress. Another source of inspiration is reading fashion magazines such as Nylon, Zooey Magazine, and Vogue. I also really love Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, their style has always been a huge inspiration to me.

What song do you currently have on repeat?
I am a huge sap when it comes to music, I love slow songs and I LOVE love songs. Right now “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri is on the repeat list, and when I am not listening to it, I am singing it.

What’s on your summer reading list?
This summer I really want to read On the Road by Jack Kerouac, and I also want to finish my Brian Andreas collection.

Where is your favorite summer destination?
My favorite summer destination is definitely Cyprus. I spent a few earlier years of my life there, and I have a lot of family that still lives there, so for me that is home. I went back two years ago, and I just miss it so much. I miss the beaches, and the mountains in my grandmother’s village. I miss it all. I would go back in a heartbeat.

My Minnetonka must have item is _______
I love the Minnetonka Feather mocs , they are so beautiful, and the feather is really the perfect touch.

Minnetonka Around the World

Minnetonka style from around the world!  We’ve collected a few of our favorite global style moments from this month, highlighting Minnetonka styles perfect for all summer activities from music festivals to camping.  Get inspired on how to style the Two Button boot, Outback hat and Woodstock boot this summer!

The Minnetonka Outback hat, featured in the August issue of ELLE.

Add a little style to your ride in the Outback hat, featured in ELLE.

Love this look! Perfect to wear to summer festivals, featuring the Minnetonka Two Button Boot in the July issue of InStyle Switzerland.

Camp in style this summer in the Minnetonka Woodstock boot, featured here in German InStyle.


My Minnetonka Story: Kelsey Nosek

My Minnetonka Story: Kelsey Nosek

What was your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins?
My first pair of Minnetonka moccasins were a classic pair of caramel brown kilty suede mocs. Growing up I was always jealous of my friend’s collection, especially her knee hi lace up boots. So when I stumbled upon a store that sold Minnetonka moccasins in Northern Minnesota, I was like a kid in a candy store.

Where were your first pair of Minnetonka’s purchased?
I bought my first pair of moccasins in the quaint town of Nisswa, Minnesota at a store called “The Totem Pole.” My friends and I spent the weekend at a cabin and took a break from swimming, boating, and catchphrase to venture into town. The store was filled with a hodgepodge of souvenirs, gag gifts, Native American inspired trinkets, and of course, Minnetonka moccasins.

What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonkas?
My favorite memory is from Bonnaroo. My Minnetonka’s took the trek with me down to North Manchester, Tennessee and fought through the crowds, dust, and dirt to enjoy the awesome music. They were the perfect music festival shoes!

How far have you and your Minnetonka’s traveled?
The furthest I’ve traveled with my Minnetonka’s is Europe. I spent a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark in college and wore my black thunderbird mocs literally everywhere. They were perfect for the cold weather and the uneven, cobblestone streets.

Describe your Minnetonka style.
Moccasins are definitely a staple in my closet. I find myself replacing tennis shoes, flats, sandals, and even high heels with moccasins on a regular basis. Yes, I’m guilty of pairing moccasins with anything from a formal dress to yoga pants. However, my favorite pairing is with a flowy, high waisted skirt and a loose fitted blouse.

Tell us your Minnetonka story!

Do you remember your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins? Are you a lifelong Minnetonka fan? Tell us your Minnetonka story!

We would love to hear your Minnetonka memories.  Please answer the following questions, sharing your Minnetonka story with us.

  • What was your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins or boots?
  • Where were your first pair of Minnetonkas purchased?
  • What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonkas?
  • How far have you and your Minnetonkas traveled? (i.e. Coolest city you’ve visited in the world wearing your Minnetonka’s)
  • Describe your Minnetonka style.


Email us your story along with a photo of yourself (past or present) in your Minnetonkas at myminnetonkastory@minnetonkamocc.com.  If your story is selected we will send you a free pair of Minnetonka mocs, your choice!

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