This Fall, we’re thrilled to introduce Birdies x Minted, unique artwork brought to life as luxurious comfort. We’ve teamed up with the incredible online design marketplace to create a limited-edition capsule collection of beautifully embroidered flats celebrating three female artists and their nature-inspired art of flora & fauna that brings the wild inside. For two companies centered around building community and supporting women—like these amazing independent artists—this special collaboration was a natural fit.
“Working with a brand that is not only female-led and founded, but also strives to support the work of independent creators, in particular female artists, has been a rewarding experience, as it aligns with the Birdies mission of supporting and celebrating women. We can’t wait for our customers to experience this special collection,” says Birdies CEO and co-founder Bianca Gates.
The original works of art (pictured above) by Julie Murray, Jessie Burch, and Emilie Simpson featured on our special Birdies x Minted shoes bring the best in design to the stylish flat that’s secretly a slipper…and the results are as interesting as the artists who designed them.
“We are excited to feature three female artists in this collection, each of whom has created a design that reflects a wild, natural motif. Every piece is equal parts soft and strong, capturing both beauty and ferocity at the same time. We love this collection as a whole because it showcases that delicate balance that our artists, and many other women, have labored so hard to achieve in their work,” says Minted CEO and founder Mariam Naficy.
Wildly unique from sketch to shoe, each of the three styles transforms these artists’ designs into wearable art on Birdies’ classic silhouettes. Here, we take a closer look at what makes each shoe so special.
The Starling in Falling Fern by Julie Murray
Minted artist Julie Murray’s falling fern shoe design is inspired by a lifelong love for botanicals and sketching the intricacies she finds in every leaf and petal. For The Starling in Falling Fern shoe, we adorned our best-selling style in black velvet with antique gold leaves that envelope the front and side of the shoe, plus a black satin quilted insole and black grosgrain piping.
The Heron in Wild Zebra by Emilie Simpson
Minted artist Emilie Simpson’s zebra art for our Heron flat was part of an animal alphabet series she started working on after her daughter was born. For The Heron in Wild Zebra shoe, we embroidered a navy velvet version of our sophisticated, Venetian-inspired silhouette with Simpson’s striking zebra art and added a tonal blue satin insole.
The Blackbird in Royal Perch by Jessie Burch
Minted artist Jessie Burch’s bee-eater design for the Royal Perch shoe is inspired by natural history illustrations. For The Blackbird in Royal Perch shoe, her bee-eater art comes to life in taupe velvet and jewel-tone embroidery, with a wine-colored satin insole, and dyed-to-match taupe grosgrain piping.
We think you’ll go wild for our limited-edition Birdies x Minted collection. Stand out in these unique, nature-inspired flats—the perfect gift for yourself and anyone else you’re shopping for this year—and read more about the artists behind these special designs.