Sunday, July 6, 2014

Asha Clothing at Tessa Clogs in Vail, Colorado

Add some bold colors and beautiful prints to your wardrobe this summer! The Swedish Clogs Cabin just received the newest summer designs from Asha. The designer of Asha is friend of Tessa’s, and this summers collection looks amazing!
From top left: Pink Ruffle Dress, Southwest Dress,  Tropical Maxi Dress,
Patterns and colors, Molly Sandal, Blue Moa, and the Natural Ultimate High
Since working for the Clog Cabin, I noticed that one skirt kept selling out; the Barcelona skirt is cut at an appropriate length and it flares just below the hips. Similar to the denim traveling pants, this skirt looks good on any body type. My favorite of the new arrivals, the tunic dress, comes in three different colors. With embroidered high collars, in orange, pink or purple, these dresses have a great silhouette. The tunic dress looks great when paired with the Ultimate High Matilda sandals.
Asha Orange Tunic, Matilda Sandal, Pink Tunic,
and various tunic color options
Asha’s Padma skirt has tie-ups on the inside, so you choose between a long or shorter skirt. The bustle looks great and comfortable. The fabric is light, the colors are bold, and the prints are fun and lively.

-M

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Debut of new Ultimate High Sandals at Vail Farmers Market

Last weekend Tessa debuted this summers Ultimate High Sandal. The leather is softer, the wood in the sole is a bit more durable and the colors will compliment anything you have on. The Ultimate High sandal allows your foot to breath, while the high sole makes your legs look miles long.
Ultimate High Sandal
Check out the Swedish Clogs Cabin tent at both the Minturn Market (Saturdays 9AM-2PM) and the Vail Market (Sundays 10AM-3PM). Clogs, Natural Life, Desigual clothing, and much more marked up to 50% off.

Sale items at Swedish Clogs Cabin
Check out the newest designs from Desigual, Natural Life, Asha and Cream. This summer Tessa will be designing more of the popular and colorful skirts and Tessa Hand Me Downs. Check back soon for information on Tessa's Designs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bikes and Clogs in Eagle-Vail, Colorado

Jeff in his Black Oil Mountain Clogs tuning
a GT Sensor Elite 65OB bike
   Clogs are nothing new to Eagle-Vail locals, Jeff and Dominique Mohrman, owners of Colorado Bike Service. Jeff has received a new pair of clogs almost annually, personally delivered by Chris Manning, for the last 8 years. As I took in the impressive inventory of their store, Jeff described his experience with clogs. When I asked him what a 29er was, he was nice enough to share his knowledge on bikes as well.
   When Jeff moved to Stockholm, Sweden in 1982, he realized something about the footwear of the locals--they were wearing wooden soled clogs. Determined to have the same comfort as his local friends, Jeff bought his first pair of clogs. He brought those clogs back to Colorado, and he was wearing them when he first met his wife Dominique. As most who move to Colorado and prefer to do something they enjoy more as a profession, Jeff worked part-time ski bum and part-time bike bum. After being frustrated with the lack of year-round bike shops, Jeff and Dominique opened their own store, Colorado Bike Service
Jeff's' preferred Black Oil Mountain Soles and my
Ultimate High Black Oil clogs

   Chris Manning, being the clog-wearing-biking enthusiast that he is, happened upon the bike shop, and it didn't take long for Jeff and Chris to come to an agreement. When Jeff's wooden soles were getting worn, he calls Chris, and Chris drops of a fresh pair of size 42 clogs. Recently, Jeff got a pair of the mountain soles ,which he prefers because the tread helps in the wetter season. 

  After Jeff's' clogs have retired, he lines them up on his stairs, all the way to his first pair he bought in Sweden. Curious as to how steps are lined with a pair of clogs? Ask Dominique or Jeff at Colorado Bike Service.

With spring season here, check out Jeff's preferred Mountain Sole Clogs. With summer just around the corner, check out Tessa Clogs sandals!


-M

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Clogs / Tessa Clogs and also Kask

I LOVE this photo -
Kask Ski Socks and custom painted Clogs - so COOL

I may not be a city fashion guy but I love the mountain lifestyle vibe that the clogs and ski socks portray.  This is us (well not in the photo but you get the idea) - working hard, playing when we can and wearing what works.
check out Kaj's clogs!
Kask - which started in the back of a van in 1996 by Sverre Liliequist  and Kaj Zackrisson, , has now evolved into a successful, growing company based in Sweden offering unique, cool looking clothing world wide. KASK clothing is designed for anyone who requires high quality, cool and functional gear. Wear it in the mountains and anywhere else you want to challenge your limits, in the skate-park or maybe at the dance floor.

With the end of the ski season nearing - we have put some of our Kask inventory that we have on SALE. 

Some hats - Heli, Martian - are no longer being made - get them now before they are all taken.
LIVE A LITTLE





Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Classic - serving as a standard of excellence

simple, elegant, design, function, quality, beauty and test of time

Tessa Clogs in our Ultimate High - simple and elegant

Tessa Clogs in our Traditional Heel painted in our Red Malin Design - beauty and design staple for 20 years



Other ideas that I think of classics:  Campagnolo (Italian bicycle component manufacturer), Mora Clocks (Swedish grandmother clocks), Orrefors Intermezzo Blue (Swedish Crystal), Black Tux (Daniel Craig) and the Little Black Dress (Audrey Hepburn)

We here at Tessa Clogs believe in old-world values that make our products and service beloved by our faithful following that we are sometimes described as a soul instead of a brand.  In today's cost-cutting, outsourced business world this can be a bit of a problem for us.  As we all know, items made in China cost less then items made in the USA or in Sweden where our Tessa Clogs are manufactured.  

We continue to survive by targeting our customers that believe a product can be made in Sweden and sold at a fair price.  This is the opposite of the economic model that dominates in the United States right now - which is to use cheap, sourced out labor.  

We here at Tessa Clogs don't want to take over the world - we just want to make the best damn clog we can possibly make and be satisfied with a little profit and the end of the day.  This is how we have survived for almost 20 years now.  Get yourself a classic - Tessa Clogs



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Traditional Dala Horses


We have just received a assortment of new traditional Dalahorses, along with each horse came a letter describing the unique story of how these handcrafted gifts originated. I am more Irish than Swedish, but I found the Dalahorse story interesting and wanted to share with you.
" It was in the small log-cabins deep in the forests during the long winter nights in front of a log fire that the forerunner of the Dalahorse was born. Using simple tools , generally only a knife, toys were carved for the children. The fact that many were made was only natural, because the horses to them were invaluable. A trusty friend and worker who could pull great loads of timber from the forests during the winter months and in the summer could b just as much use on the farm.
In the older days the Dalahorse was mostly a toy for children, but nowadays it is a symbol for the kingdom of Sweden.. "  - Grannas A. Olsson
Photo Credit: Grannas.com

  It is a unique tradition and you can see the technique and careful attention given by each crafter to produce the Dalahorse. Tessa Clogs is proud to work with Grannas A. Olsson, the oldest company making Dalacarlain Horses.

Left to Right: Stuffed DalaHorse, Dala carving set

If you are interested in introducing this tradition to your younger ones, start by telling them the story and presenting them with a stuffed dalahorse, they will look forward to getting their own wooden one when they get older. For the more adventurous ones, a carving set, that allows them to create their very own dalahorse, under parental supervision. The Dalahorses come in a variety of sizes and colors, as well as limited edition Dalahorses that go fast. Check out our website or call us at (970)476-8083 to reserve these limited gifts.


-M

Sunday, March 16, 2014

How do you wear your Clogs?

People often assume that Tessa Clogs can only be worn in the summer. Not only do I see local residents of Vail wearing them all year long, I often look online and see an abundance of people enjoying their clogs in the colder months as well. It is there on the pages upon pages of pictures that I look for my inspiration. It is right about this time, that I get annoyed with winter for limiting my wardrobe to pants, boots, and a coat. With the weather getting warmer, sometimes reaching up to the 60°, I want to celebrate. Although I do enjoy winter, I just love the summers here in Vail!
Some inspiring photos, Clockwise from top left: Man with cuffed pants and Brown Oil clogs,
Becky Black oil boots, Man in jeans and clogs, Brown Mtn Ski, Clogs with socks,
Wardrobe inspiration with Ultimate High, Black clogs with socks, Stapled clogs
 After grabbing my lighter clothes out of storage, I decided that today (with bluebird skies and a projected high of 40°) I would throw on some tights, a jacket  my cream slip dress and my pair of ultimate high stapled clogs. After coordinating it all with a pair of painted flower snap straps and my black Dala Horse necklace, I realized that it was I who had been limiting my wardrobe in the cold months.
Local Inspiration, clockwise from left; Tessa Manning in Van Deurs dress and Zoe boots,
Chris Manning in Black Clogs, Me in Ultimate high clogs,
Local in clogs, Svea in Nordic Clogs, Tessa in Ultimate High and HandMeDown jeans
Locals who have experienced the advantages of owning a pair of Tessa Clogs, are also my inspiration. I have sold clogs to many who just want something comfortable to slip on after they get out of their boots, and to take the dog out real fast. Something that they can walk around in all day running errands, wear to dinner as well as work. One of the most popular trends that I see is locals wearing their clogs and cuffing their pants. I am not sure why the pants are cuffed, nor do I think there really has to be a reason, it simply something that I see locals doing. Pairing their cuffed jeans with a puffy jacket and they are ready to go.
If you get stuck on what to pair with your unique clogs, just surf the web. You can find a way to wear them with tights, knee socks, cuffed pants, shorts, skirts.. well you catch my drift. You can continue to check out the blog for inspiration as well, previous posts by Chris Manning can inspire men who like to wear clogs and our website has Tessa Manning in some coordinated outfits with her hand painted clogs.
_______________________________________________________________________  Coming soon! Stay tuned to check out the newest designs and limited edition Dala Horses, visit our website or call (970)476-8083, to reserve these unique gifts.

-M