• Summer Days at Dansko: A Dip & Dessert BBQ Spectacular

    By Nick on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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    ​On a warm and breezy July afternoon, seated on the patio of our state-of-the-art distribution center, we indulged in a variety of dips and desserts – from homemade salsa to cannoli dip to everything in between! Although this “foodie paradise” represents a common occurrence at Dansko, the event offered a new take on our typical food gatherings.

    This time, Dansko employees brought their favorite recipes as part of our first-ever “Dip and Dessert” day. While a team of grillmasters served up delicious hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers, we filled our plates with sides from the tastiest potluck in Southeastern Pennsylvania. And then we ate.

    When we finally stopped eating, a thought came to mind: why not share something great and pass along three of our favorite recipes? Below, we offer something salty, something sweet and, in typical Dansko fashion, something local. Eat up! We hope you enjoy.

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      Jerry’s Spicy Pretzel Bits
      Ingredients:
      • Bag of sourdough pretzels
      • 1 packet of ranch dressing powder mix
      • 1 cup of oil (vegetable or canola)
      • 1 ½ teaspoons of garlic powder
      • Red pepper flakes

      Directions: Partially open the bag of pretzels and break the contents into small pieces, making sure to avoid poking holes in the bag. Mix ranch packet, oil and garlic powder. Pour mix into bag and shake. After pretzels are covered with the mix, spread the pieces onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over the pretzel pieces. Bake at 300 degrees for seven minutes. 
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      Christina’s Out-Of-This-World Peach Pie
      Ingredients for the crust:
      • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • ¼ cup cold water
      • 1 cup (2 sticks) of chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

      Combine all ingredients and mix with a dough hook or blend in food processor and knead by hand. Divide dough in half and chill each for 30 minutes.
       
      Ingredients for the filling:
      • 3lbs of peaches cut into quarter-inch slices
      • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
      • ¼ tsp of salt
      • ¾ cup of sugar
      • Juice of one lemon
       
      Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Fit pie crusts to 12-inch plate. Chill pie crusts for 30 minutes. Spoon peaches into chilled crust mounding in the center; add lattice top. Chill entire pie for another 20-30 minutes. Place pie dish on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes on 400 until crust is golden, and then turn heat down to 350 and bake for another 40-50 minutes.

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      Community Garden Shredded Cucumber Dip
      Ingredients:
      • 1 (8 oz.) container chive cream cheese, softened
      • ½ cup mayonnaise
      • ½ cup sour cream
      • 1 large cucumber shredded, after removing seeds (ours came from the Dansko community garden)
      • 2 green onions, sliced using whites and greens
      • ¼ cup chopped red onion
      • ½ tsp. garlic powder
      • ½ tsp. onion powder
      • Fresh chopped dill, about ¼ cup or to taste (another community garden special!)
      • Squeeze of ½ lemon
      • Cayenne Pepper—a couple of shakes or to taste (optional)

      Directions: Blend all of the ingredients together and refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to blend. Serve with your crackers of choice. 

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  • Shop the Trend: Refreshingly Cobalt

    By Meghan on Monday, July 28, 2014

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    ​From terra cotta tiles to nubuck leather shoes, we have the cobalt trend covered. Check out our favorite items below:

    Strand Necklace: Let this elegant, single-strand necklace add a Mediterranean-inspired pop to your favorite outfit. Complete with a gold-plated chain and intricate brass beads, this crisp and clean necklace deserves a spot in every summer wardrobe.
    From: That’s Mine Boutique

    Suede Clutch: Grab hold of this handmade suede clutch, stash your cards and cash, and hit the town. A metal stud closure and roomy interior pocket present a flawless blend of function and style.
    From: Disco Lemonade Designs

    Talavera Clay Tiles: Ready for countless summer DIY projects, these terra cotta tiles feature a white glaze finish and a natural distressed look. From coasters, to garden crafts, to playful mosaics, add a bright-blue hue to your next home project.
    From: Joyride Vintage

    Dansko Lulu: Turn up the style quotient with Lulu, a soft and smooth ankle-strap shoe. Wrapped in cobalt nubuck uppers, and featuring a beautiful crepe-textured rubber outsole, Lulu offers modern style for every day of the week.
    From: Dansko

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  • A Passion for Fashion: Q&A With Marcus Allen

    By Diana on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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    ​As a high school student, Marcus Allen experienced a typical teenager’s plight. Torn between his passion—modern fashion—and his studies, Marcus took a job with popular clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch before moving on to work for Ralph Lauren. Along the way, he discovered that a hard-working hobby can turn into a successful future.

    “My family actually asked me not to work during school so I could focus on my studies,” he said. “But I had my mind set on buying Purple Label and Ralph Lauren; I’ve always been intrigued by who you can become with clothing.”
     
    Marcus harnessed his passion all the way through school and into his current role as a New York-based stylist and consultant. On a daily basis, he surrounds himself with “amazingly inspiring people,” from fashion photographers, to the city’s top creative minds, to client Melet Mercantile, a vintage showroom.
     
    In early 2014, one of Marcus’ influential partners—Australian-born designer Drew Villani—introduced a men’s clothing line. Marcus served as Drew’s professional stylist, pairing clean, contemporary tops and pants with Dansko clogs. After speaking with Drew this spring, we had to know more. So we caught up with the ever-stylish Marcus to ask a few questions about his passion for fashion—and to learn more about his enthusiasm for “minimalistic” Dansko clogs.  
     
    Q: Describe your style in five words or fewer:
    A: Eclectic
     
    Q: If you had to select one fashion icon, you would chose:
    A: I’m always impressed with the personal style of L'uomo Vogue fashion editor Robert Rabensteiner
     
    Q: Number one tip for those looking for a style update:
    A: Comfort always looks best so I wouldn't try too hard to update—just re-evaluate your wardrobe and purge when things feel dormant
     
    Q: If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, you would wear:
    A: A black t-shirt and tux pants
     
    Q: Favorite summer fabrics:
    A: Linen and cotton blend because of their drape and flow
     
    Q: No man should ever leave his house without:
    A: His card case
     
    Q: How does confidence influence a man’s style?
    A: Confidence allows you to try new things and speaks to how you carry yourself
     
    Q: How do Dansko shoes complement your wardrobe?
    A: Dansko provides an unexpected element and makes for an interesting style combination—and most definitely a topic of conversation
     
    To view our complete men's line, and learn more about Marcus' must-have shoes, visit Dansko.com.
     
    [Photo Credit: Christopher Fenimore
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      ​Marcus sporting our Karl clogs with denim and a scoop-neck t-shirt

      ​[Photo Credit: Justin Chung]

       

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  • Dansko and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Team Up to "Save the Bay"

    By Nick on Monday, July 21, 2014

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    ​Often described as a “National Treasure,” the Chesapeake Bay provides water for more than 17 million people. But every day, the Bay also feels the effects of those 17 million people, each of whom live on land that drains into the Bay. At Dansko, we take pride in partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), a nonprofit organization that strives to “Save the Bay” through education, advocacy, litigation and restoration, to improve the health of such an important body of water.

    So, as caring shoe people, how do we help “Save the Bay?”

    Every summer, a team of Dansko volunteers excitedly heads south to Annapolis, Maryland, to restore oyster gardens in the Chesapeake Bay. This year, our volunteers had the opportunity to get wet—and experience oyster restoration first-hand. 
     
    Our journey began in CBF’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center, a worldwide model for energy efficiency, high performance and water conservation. A brief introduction prepared our volunteers for a day aboard the Marguerite, one of CBF’s most advanced research boats. Before long, our volunteers had jumped into the water and begun diving for oysters located in a vulnerable part of the bay, filling bucket after bucket with shelled creatures.

    After collecting thousands of oysters, we headed for a safer portion of the bay, where we relocated our oysters in an “oyster garden” for healthy development. CBF will later use our “catch” to replenish the Bay’s declining population of oysters, ultimately restoring a vital habitat for fish and other species. 
     
    Our influential (and incredibly fun) project got us thinking: How can others “Save the Bay” in their community, whether they live near an ocean, lake or stream? We asked the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that very same question; check out their practical tips below!

    1. Know your watershed—and share its importance! If you don’t know which watershed you live in, search the internet or take a walk to your local creek. This body of water provides all the water you use in your home. But remember—your actions, and the actions of your community, impact water quality! Stay informed and help others do the same.

    2. Become an informed voter. As an individual, you have the power to take action by voting for thoughtful and responsible land use and conservation policies. When informed voters “flex their political muscle” on behalf of the environment, change happens! 

    3. Buy local foods. Most of the food you eat travels 1,300 miles before arriving on your plate. By purchasing food grown on local farms, you can help reduce air pollution, ultimately developing a cleaner, healthier watershed.  

    4. Minimize your use of household chemicals. Substitute all-purpose cleaners with baking soda or borax and hot water for everyday cleaning. Natural products reduce toxic chemicals in wastewater, providing a perfect alternative for scrubbing toilets, washing dishes and cleaning counters. 

    5. Plant a Tree. In addition to providing the atmosphere with oxygen, trees hold soil in place with their roots, preventing erosion that may run into your watershed. Check out our step-by-step guide to planting a tree—and then make difference in your own yard!

    Whether you decide to shop locally, vote responsibly or plant a brand-new tree, we encourage you to adopt these practices. For more information, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at cbf.org.
     
    While our team dove "head first" into the Bay, CBF filmed our restoration efforts. Check out their video below--and listen as Bart Jaeger, Discovery Program Manager, shares the highlights of our volunteer proejct.   
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      ​[Video Credit: Chesapeake Bay Foundation]

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  • The "Idiosyncratic Fashionistas" Weigh In: How Do You Form a Style Identity?

    By Nick on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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    ​Forever aiming to achieve fabulous style identities, New York City fashionistas Valerie and Jean take pride in standing out in a crowd. But instead of targeting specific styles, or adopting the newest trends, the pair focuses on allowing their personalities to shape the way they look. 

    “A desire to enjoy life inspires my individual sense of style,” said Jean, who, along with Valerie, co-writes a blog entitled Idiosyncratic Fashionistas. “I look up to personal style icons like Nancy Cunard and Georgia O’Keefe—but I admire their strength of character more than their personal looks.” 

    For Valerie, who conveys a “graphic, textural and architectural” style, fashion represents an opportunity to express individuality: “Wearing clothes is like inhaling a bouquet of flowers,” she responded. “When people react to what we’re wearing, they look like they’re inhaling the same bouquet.”

    In late 2013, a celebrity editor for prominent fashion website Stylecaster noticed Valerie and Jean’s unconventional sense of style. He later listed the dynamic duo in his annual “50 Most Stylish New Yorkers” feature (see slide 45), describing Valerie and Jean as “two of the most fashionable women he’d ever met.” In Valerie’s words, Cain smelled their bouquet.

    But for the stylish pair, achieving an identity in the “fashion capital of the world” requires a strong sense of self-awareness. Jean believes aspiring fashionistas must know who they are and what they want to look like—and then, they need to laugh. “When people look at me, I hope they see confidence with a sense of humor,” she continued. “After all, dressing should be fun.”

    Valerie encourages women to practice patience from start to finish: “Start simply and make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself” she said. “Just like cooking, you should slowly add to your style. But remember—nobody gets it overnight!”

    Jean and Valerie navigate New York’s busy streets on a daily basis, all the while donning their fabulous outfits. But admittedly, they couldn’t do so without supportive, comfortable shoes. 

    “Details count!” said Valerie, offering final words of advice. “You CAN find shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. Take the time—you’ll be glad you did.”

    Jean, who prefers to paint, sticker and add platform heels to her Dansko clogs, also believes in the power of comfort and style: “I have worn Dansko for decades,” she began. “I do a lot of walking and my feet never, ever hurt!” 

    We love the confidence, sense of style and personalities of these remarkable women.

    “Cunard and O’Keefe were not interested in looking like everybody else,” Jean concluded. “They looked like who THEY were, and that worked for them.” 

    [Photo Credit: The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas]


     

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      3. July 23 2014 A Passion for Fashion: Q&A With Marcus Allen
      4. July 21 2014 Dansko and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Team Up to "Save the Bay"
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