My Minnetonka Story | The Christmas Family

Each pair has a story to tell.  Every day we hear from fans around the world sharing their moccasin memories with us. Our on-going ‘My Minnetonka Story’ series spotlights the distinct individual style and sentiments behind each well worn pair.

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In collaboration with I AM Fabulous! we are excited to celebrate the generational style and stories of four families in their Minnetonka moccasins.

Today meet the Christmas family. Ellen and her daughters Jamie and Dana, each received their first pair of moccasins at a very young age.  Find out how they describe their evolving style throughout the years and how they’ve taken their favorite pair of mocs along for the ride.

IMG_9215Ellen remembers her first pair…

My first pair of Minnetonka moccasins were purchased at a small general store in Eagle River, Wisconsin in the early 1960s while on a family ski trip.  As part of the visit my sisters and I, at that time ages 6, 9 and 11, were each allowed to pick out one pair.

The pair I chose were a classic moccasin style that I still have and cherished to this day.  Being the youngest sister of three girls, I later inherited my older sister’s pair as well.  Whenever I wore them back then, and even now, I’m reminded of those wonderful family trips up North, crisp winter days and sitting by the warmth of the fireplace at the lodge.

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Dana on style inspirations…

My style is greatly inspired by fashions of the sixties and seventies.  What I see on re-runs of Soul Train can be indicative of my “look” some days of the week! I like to layer retro collared shirts with sweaters and a pair of high waisted bell bottoms or go for the minimalist androgynous stylings of Patty Smith. My sunglasses are most always round and my hair is most always messy.

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Jamie on personal style…

I have always loved casual and comfortable style.  Cuddly old sweaters, jeans for sure, flannel shirts to sleep in, outdoorsy stuff – boots and a great jacket. Growing up I was always influenced by the styles of the sixties and its stayed with me as my style has evolved today.

For ticket information and to learn more about this weekend’s I AM Fabulous! fashion show visit Eventbrite. 

Featured Product: Hi Top Back Zip Boot, Suede Skimmer Moc, Fringed Moc

Photography by Nicole Feest of Nylonsaddle 

Styling by Sam Perry

Hair and makeup by Lisa Wood

Assistant producer Carissa Glarner 

On Trend | Sea Mist Kilty

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Psst … We’re letting you in on a little secret. There’s a new shade of shoe in town that’s so distinct, it won its very own exclusive spot in our Minnetonka market (the online version, that is).

Cue the coastal vibes and check out the newest color from our collection of Kilty mocs: The cool, calm, and collected Sea Mist. Made with our signature suede and cushy padded insole, this is a pair that looks and feels light and airy. They’ll be the perfect pop of color to add to your wardrobe’s pretty little palate.

On Trend: Sea Mist Kilty

These Sea Mist mocs are so special, you’ll only find them online. (Shouldn’t e-commerce equal exclusive?) They’re the latest and greatest addition to a collection you already love. Pick up a pair to brighten up your own spring collection!

Well Worn | Classic Fringe Softsole

If a shoe could tell a story, then this pair would share a tale of timeless Americana style. We introduced the Classic Fringe Boot back in 1969 and it’s influenced generations since.

Classic Fringe Softsole Introduced in the 1969 Minnetonka catalog

 

Why change a design that’s so timeless, tried, and true? Supple suede moves with your feet, a soft sole means weightless comfort, and fringe details add an extra element unique to the Minnetonka brand. Slip them on and you’ll be transported to an era when freedom and wanderlust were expressed by what you wore, not what you tweeted.

Pair these boots with a slim cut, garment dyed jean, straight cut cords, or dark rinse denim. Fold your pant with a single or double roll cuff, just above the ankle. They’re a simple way to add character and dimension to whatever you choose to wear.

Made By Hand | A&J King Bakery

Andy and Jackie King, artisanal bakers based in New England, have certainly made a splash with their perfectly imperfect hand-made breads and baked goods at their headquarters cafe and bakery.

After opening up in 2006, A&J King quickly established themselves as a go-to for beautiful, well-made breads, utilizing traditional methods that match the historic ambience of Salem, MA, where they are located.

Andy and Jackie are no one trick ponies, also offering up delicious pastries, signature sandwiches and more in their full-service cafe.

The magic starts in the kitchen, where each step of the baking process is performed by hand, from kneading the dough to cutting the beautiful patterns on each loaf that are brought out during the baking process.

In 2013, Andy and Jackie published their first cookbook, Baking by Hand (MacMillan), further elaborating their philosophy on baking and the quality of craft they live by. They’ve shared with us their favorite recipe for the holiday season – bread pudding!

Bread pudding is one of Andy and Jackie’s favorite things to make at the bakery, and they’ve been making them since Day One! It is simple, can be adapted to whatever fruits or flavors are in season (or whichever ones you have one hand), tastes great hot, cold, or room temperature. There’s not a lot of science to it. You need a bread product to soak up your custard, and you need enough custard to soak into the bread. That’s pretty much it!

Pro tip — make sure to use stale bread (or stale it yourself by leaving it on your counter for a few hours, as fresh bread tends to fall apart when absorbing the liquid). Once you get the idea of how to assemble bread pudding, you’ll be off and running with your own unique flavor combinations.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

1 lb stale croissant, brioche, challah, or other enriched dough, 1” dice

3  large eggs

7 oz whole milk

7 oz half and half

2/3 cup sugar

6 oz roasted, pureed pumpkin or canned pumpkin

1.25 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Whisk eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, pumpkin puree and spices in a large bowl until combined and smooth.

Add the bread, and toss with your hands or spoon until all the bread is coated with the custard. Let it sit at least 30 minutes (but no longer than an hour) stirring occasionally.

Put all of the bread and custard mixture into a greased circular 8″ pan or paper mold.

Bake at 375˚F until golden brown and it feels firm when pressed, about 45 minutes. When cooled, drizzle with maple sugar icing.

Maple Sugar Icing

(Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and lump free)

6.5 oz Maple Sugar

2 oz Confectioner’s Sugar

2 oz Half and Half

Learn more about Andy and Jackie at www.AJkingbakery.com.

The Month of Meaning

Last fall, Minnetonka dedicated one week to raising money to build a new school room in partnership with Free the Children in Marialapa, Haiti.  This fall they broke ground to begin building the school room that will help Free The Children provide quality education and a conducive learning environment to the growing number of students in Marialapa.

Inspired by the acts of good we see young people and adults alike doing every day, we are dedicating the entire month of November to raising money in support of this community and their needs. There are two ways to get involved in this effort!

1.  1 Purchase = $1. For every purchase made on minnetonkamoccasin.com during the Month of Meaning (November), we will donate $1 to the Marialapa community.

2.  1 Photo = $1. Share your acts of good! We will donate $1 to the Marialapa community for every photo you share showing how you are making a difference in the community. Click here for more details.

 

CLEAN WATER FOR A BETTER WORLD

All of the funds raised this month will be put towards building a rain catchment system in Marialapa. This is a very dry region which has experienced significant deforestation and the water table is very low. Through the work of Free the Children, we can exploit one of Haiti’s greatest national resources – rain – through rainwater harvesting to serve the school community.

Free the Children will install eaves on all the roof surfaces and construct a reservoir to capture rain during the rainy season. The new rain catchment system will be sufficient to provide clean water to the entire school community.

WHY HAITI?

Our own factory is located in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. When the January 12, 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, the devastation that followed was very close to home. Two hundred thousand people were feared to be dead and millions were left homeless. Haitians have shown resilience in the face of grinding poverty and natural disasters. We were able to help in the earthquake recovery and continue to seek out ways to improve this community.

FREE THE CHILDREN MODEL

Adopt a Village is Free The Children’s holistic and sustainable development model designed to empower communities, break the cycle of poverty and remove barriers to education. This model has five core pillars: Education, Water & Sanitation, Health, Alternative Income & Livelihood, and Agriculture & Food Security. Each pillar serves to enhance the others, ensuring the greatest overall impact in each area of intervention and achieving long-term sustainability.