I am Daniel Whipple and I hand make everything shown on the Etsy shop! I live in the high desert of Arizona, in a small rural town just outside of Sedona. My love of nature sparked the fire for creating comfortable, durable, minimalist footwear. As a nature lover, I spend as much time as I possibly can outside exploring this gorgeous planet in Bison Boutique’s awesome footwear!
The seeds were planted a couple years back at an ancestral skills gathering where I took a class to learn how to make handmade moccasin style boots. I not only loved the boots I made, but also thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating them and found it came very naturally.
After my daughter Sophie was born, I began exploring pattern concepts, making prototypes and slowly building up a supply of leather and tools. I’m not sure whether I initially intended to start a business but I was enjoying the process and loved the boots and sandals so much that people began asking me 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.
I am incredibly grateful to have found a means of sustaining my family that enables me to be home with my daughter. My daughter is my top priority! It is REALLY important to me to not have to leave family to go to work, to be fully available and present with my child and the natural world. I will often take a pair of shoes or two with me when I head outdoors and work on them beside a creek while watching my daughter romp around and enjoy the day! I hope you’ll also find yourself often outdoors in your new Bison Boutique footwear!