• Touring Dansko Headquarters: Our Five Favorite Spots

    By Christy on Thursday, August 14, 2014

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    Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Pennsylvania, our LEED® Gold certified headquarters perfectly illustrates our passion for sustainability—and our passion for local living! Paintings from community artists hang throughout the building, solar panels turn sun rays into electricity, and fun little details, like copper rain chains shaped like flowers, enable us to make the most of our resources.

    With these features (and so many more) in mind, we can’t help but feel privileged to work in such an inspiring space. We don’t want to take our beautiful facility for granted, so we decided to pick our five favorite spots.
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      Vegetated Roof
      When the weather feels just right, we walk up to our rooftop garden for a peaceful, sun-soaked lunch. Shrubs, grasses, flowers and other plants take up two-thirds of the roof’s surface, offering the perfect insulation for reduced heating and cooling usage. We’re thrilled to “do our part” for the environment—and we’re glad our efforts helped create the ultimate outdoor café!

       

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      Living Wall
      Stacked vertically from floor to ceiling, our living wall houses all kinds of garden life—including orchids, philodendron, ferns and other colorful plants. The living wall acts as a natural filter, improving air quality to create a clean, healthy workspace. And of course, the cascading waterfall serves as an “occasional” distraction between meetings, providing a calm, cool breather in the middle of the day.  

       

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      Outdoor Pool (with a mermaid, too)
      Just outside our front door, a mermaid sculpture watches over our grounds, sitting in the middle of a small pool. Sometimes we forget she’s there at all, though our visitors often take pictures, walk around the edge of the pool, and explore the various plants that sit by her side.

       

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      Second-Floor Balcony
      Our second-floor balcony provides a perfect view of our living wall—and offers a quiet location to gather our thoughts. Surrounded by elegant local art and fresh flowers from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, we often find ourselves sitting in this spot for a few extra minutes. After all, fresh flowers and a living wall make for a nice, relaxing break!

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      ​​Popcorn and Coffee Corner
      Sometimes we just need a salty, crunchy afternoon snack, and sometimes we just need a little caffeine! When a craving hits, we grab a fresh bag of popcorn from our vintage popcorn machine, fill our mug with warm coffee, and head back to our desk feeling satisfied and refreshed.

      To learn more about our delightful (and sustainable) facility, check out our virtual tour on Dansko.com. You’ll be glad you did! 
       

       

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  • Kickstart Your Art Collection with these Five Artsy Tips

    By Nick on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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    ​We’re a creative group, here at Dansko HQ in West Grove, PA. We work beside a living wall, under a vegetated roof, and beside beautiful paintings and sculptures, the majority of which arrive from artists in our community.

    But for Dansko co-owner and COEE (Chief of Everything Else) Peter Kjellerup, collecting art stands for so much more than creating an attractive workspace, or following modern trends. For Peter, art symbolizes a relationship, a means of fulfilling our mission of improving people’s lives by supporting local, up-and-coming artists. And, as a result of Peter’s passion, our workspace cultivates comfort and happiness (much like our shoes).

    Peter’s appreciation for art got us thinking: How can we go about building an art collection at home? Check out our five tips below:

    1. Define your style
    For many budding art connoisseurs, the beginning stages serve as the most enjoyable (and least intimidating) part of building an art collection. Start by making day trips to local art museums and galleries to investigate a variety of paintings and prints. Jot down a few notes, and be sure to take your time—it may take a few visits to nail down your style!

    2. Locate your dealer  
    Experienced buyers often build their repertoire at local auction houses, though this doesn’t mean you need to start your collection by visiting a higher-priced venue. According to many experts, local galleries—and even online shops—provide the best value. Before you buy, start building a relationship with gallery directors, engage with local artists and visit a preview event or an artist spotlight.
     
    3. Ask thoughtful questions
    Once you establish your style and budget, continue to “get your feet wet” by asking yourself a series of key questions. Is the particular piece signed? If so, where? Are you the first, second, third or tenth owner? Do you notice any damages to the piece? These questions will help you set a baseline for future art purchases.
     
    4. Start small
    Sometimes, entry-level collectors immediately “go big,” buying original pieces from newer artists. While there’s nothing wrong with jumping right in, you may want to invest in a series of prints from well-known artists first. As you learn the ropes, and further develop your style, start experimenting with bigger-ticket items.  
     
    5. Think long term
    Because art collecting typically serves as a long-term investment, only purchase paintings or prints you genuinely love. Of course, you can always “flip” paintings later if your style evolves, but the most value often lies with collectors who hang onto their paintings. So, take your time, shop wisely and purchase timeless paintings you’ll cherish forever.
     
    With these tips in mind, don’t forget: collecting art is a personal quest. No matter how you start your collection—whether you go right for an original Mona Lisa, or start the process slowly—don’t take yourself too seriously! 
     
    Artist credit, from top right to bottom left: Mark Rowland, Irma Shapiro, Kelly McConnell-Cox, Stan Smokler
     

     

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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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