• "America's Best Cook" Contestant Presses Onward – In Dansko Clogs!

    By Diana on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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    ​Christina Verrelli grew up shadowing her mom in the kitchen: reading cookbooks, studying recipes and clipping coupons for upcoming market trips. Today, the passionate home cook is a contestant on the Food Network show “America’s Best Cook”—and hopes to ride her Dansko clogs to victory!

    On the show, Verrelli uses her best recipes to impress a panel of celebrity judges, including Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell and Geoffrey Zakarian. An enthusiasm for homestyle cooking has helped Verrelli win countless contests, including a million-dollar Pillsbury bake-off in 2012, though “America’s Best Cook” represents her toughest competition yet.

    “I’m not one of those super-aggressive, trash-talking competitors…I usually end up making friends with everyone,” Verrelli said. “But I’m definitely competitive against myself. I don’t have to win, but I want to do the best that I can do!”

    At home, Verrelli cooks savory stews, homemade soups, delicious pot pies, and other hearty meals, though she enjoys cooking new recipes as much as perfecting old ones. If she can learn to prepare a series of unfamiliar dishes—like a dessert that incorporates bacon—she will have a shot at winning the grand prize of $50,000.

    “Through all of my contests, I love learning and experimenting with different ingredients and techniques,” Verrelli continued. “Of course, I don’t win every contest I enter—but I do learn something from every dish I create.”

    In order to prevent tired feet, sore legs and an aching back, Verrelli wears Dansko clogs, her “go-to kitchen shoes.” She plans to wear her Black Cherry Professional clogs from start to finish.

    “Participating in ‘America’s Best Cook’ is hands down the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my Dansko clogs,” Verrelli concluded. “I cannot believe the running, jumping, leaping and messy cooking that I’ve done!”

    When Verrelli returns from her TV debut, she will continue to share recipes through her blog “Epicuricloud.” From toffee bar cookies to Cincinnati Chili, Verrelli offers a little something for everyone.  We have to warn you, though—avoid visiting her blog or watching “America’s Best Cook” on an empty stomach. Verrelli’s meals will send you running for the kitchen!

    Watch Verrelli compete for the Food Network crown at 9 p.m. on Sunday evenings.

    [Photo Credit: Brenda Carpenter Photography]

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  • Spotted in Dansko: Acclaimed Chef Suzanne Goin

    By Diana on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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    Spotted: Suzanne Goin

    Wearing: Professional Black Oiled Clogs

    Source: March 2014 issue of Wall Street Journal Magazine​

    Story: Goin, a Los Angeles native and acclaimed chef, grew up surrounded by the tastes and smells of gourmet food. Her passion for cooking led to roles with several big-name restaurants, enabling the up-and-coming chef to travel from L.A. to Boston and even to Paris. In 2008, Goin and business partner Caroline Styne launched the Larder Baking Company, a wholesale bakery that distributes tasty artisan breads to restaurants and bakeries nationwide.

    In the March issue of Wall Street Journal Magazine, Goin appeared in a feature story about her bakery, sporting her signature Dansko Professional clogs for the Magazine’s photo shoot.​

    [Photo Credit: David Young-Wolff Photography​]


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  • Suits, Sweaters and Dansko: Q&A with New York Designer Drew Villani

    By Diana on Friday, March 21, 2014

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    ​When New York City designer Drew Villani unveiled his men’s line “Dreu” during 2014 New York Fashion Week, he selected Dansko clogs as the collection’s featured footwear. Villani paired three styles from our Stapled Clog collection with contemporary sweaters, suits and t-shirts, working to maintain Dreu’s clean, minimal, beautiful look. We caught up with Villani following his Fashion Week presentation to learn more about the Australian-born designer.


    Q: What is your favorite fabric and why?

    A: Cashmere. It’s a beautiful fabric, but it also ages very well, developing natural pills and balls. I think you just need to embrace those things.


    Q: List your top three wardrobe staples.

    A: Vintage Levi Jeans, an overcoat and a plain t-shirt.


    Q: If you could shake hands with one designer, who would it be?

    A: Phoebe Philo, British designer from Celine, a French luxury house.


    Q: What item belongs in every man’s closet?

    A: A plain white t-shirt.


    Q: Can you describe the best and worst fashion trends of your lifetime?

    A: I was a skater growing up, so I wore the low-hanging, baggy pants with an XXL t-shirt. At the time, I thought this look was very cool. Thankfully, when I got my first job in retail, which was specifically with suiting and tailored goods, I learned to step up my style a bit.


    Q: If you had to place your collection into one time period, which would it be?

    A: Today – I see Dreu as a modern collection.


    Q: What was your childhood dream job?

    A: I was always very into sports, so I grew up playing a lot of basketball. Like many young kids, my dream was to play in the NBA.


    Q: Name your favorite New York City restaurant.

    A: Café Minerva in the West Village. When I first moved to New York, this was my spot—I would always stop to read and gather my thoughts.


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