Ww are Daniel Whipple and Onaia Maple Love and we hand make everything on our website! Though we grew up on opposite coasts, Daniel from Portland and Onaia from the Washington, D.C. area, we find our home together in the high desert of Arizona, in a small rural town just outside of Sedona. Our love of nature brought us together and sparked the fire for creating comfortable, durable, minimalist footwear. As nature lovers, we spend as much time as we possibly can outside exploring this gorgeous planet in our awesome footwear!
The seeds were planted a couple years back at an ancestral skills gathering where Daniel took a class to learn how to make handmade moccasin style boots. He not only loved the boots he had made, but also thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating them and found it came very naturally to him, then shared what he’d learned with Onaia. She had actually worked at a leather store, years ago, already had a small business making recycled leather earrings, and was excited to expand her skill set. While pregnant with our youngest, Mama occupied herself through those last weeks of waiting with making bison baby booties…and being in the beautiful outdoors with our babes.
After settling in with new baby Sophie, we began exploring pattern concepts, making prototypes and slowly building up our supply of leather and tools. We’re not sure we initially intended to start a business but we were enjoying the process and loved our boots and sandals so much that people began asking us to make them a pair. Then they loved them so much their friends asked for a pair… and their friends… and their friends… And so Bison Boutique was born.
We are incredibly grateful to have found a means of sustaining our family that enables us to be home together. Between the two of us we have three incredible kids they are our top priorities! It is REALLY important to us to not have to leave family to go to work, to be fully available and present with our children, each other and the natural world. We will often take a pair of shoes or two with us when we head outdoors and work on them beside a creek while watching the kids romp around and enjoy the day! We hope you’ll also find yourself often outdoors in your new Bison Boutique footwear!