ArT tO wEaR!
...and other fun stuff!
I just got your email about your sale which reminded me I didn’t thank you by email for the wonderful sandals. Every time I wear them, someone stops me and asks where I got them, and then, they stop and write it down. To remind you, I sent you two pairs, one brown and one black, and wanted small colorful patterns on them. You did wonderfully and they are just fabulous. I still am sad my old Mona platform sandals cracked across the sole but these new ones are quite jazzy and it is fun to have both the brown /purple/teal palette and then the black/white/multi colored ones as well. Just another accolade from your devoted fan!
Hi Mona! The funky black top came today and it's gorgeous!! I'm actually excited to have some cool weather so I can wear it! (I can't believe I'm saying that after having months of cold snowy weather. You know what I'm talking about after living for years in Wisconsin!) The top is darling, hip and looks terrific! You are so creative in a way no one else is! You have an amazing eye of what will go with each other and then you can carry out the design to be so much more interesting than anything else out there! So not only do you see it like nobody else, but you can carry the whole thing out! When you post things I swear I smile and just have a better day all the way around because you confirm what I believe to be true...you don't need a happy pill or drink when people like you just sew and paint a happy colorful world! You girl... are my hero!! I also love the serendipity journal! It has cool little words of wisom in it! You are such a sweetie!! I sure hope people tell you what a ray of sunshine you and your clothes are!! It's so fun to see what you're making every week! If I ever win the lottery, you will be the main recipient!! So anyway, I had to tell you how much I love everything I've ever gotten from you! You're the best! We'll all be missing you when you head out to paint BJ's car! But you guys will have a ball together! Enjoy your trip! Thanks for being you!! xoxo cathy :)
Hi Mona!! Oh my gosh!! Your beautiful handpainted jacket just came!!! I'm in heaven!! I absolutely Love it!!! Hands down, my most special piece of clothing ever!! My sister just skyped from Dublin and I showed her and she was crazy about it and then I skyped my mom in Marquette, (who was a home ec teacher), and she loved it! I can't wait for Mike, my husband to see it! And what a great treat to find a coin purse too!! It's cute as can be! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything! I just can't tell you enough how much I love both of them...I'll send photos and you can see why I'll hang it up as art when I'm not wearing it...It fits right in with our very colorful and a little bit wild house. You know I've already started saving for my next piece!! After going to every nearby art show for years, I've found my very favorite art show occurring every day on etsy and fb with you!! Thanks so much again!! Have a wonderful trip!! Your daughter is lucky to have such a fun mom!! Safe travels! cathy :)
I look at my closet and I see almost nothing but Mona clothes. I'm sure I've spent close to $10,000 in less than a year on your amazing clothes and I don't regret it at all! I have never seen clothes that so perfectly express my personality, values, and sense of adventure and fun. I wear almost nothing else and I get tons of compliments. Michelle Obama may have her fancy schmancy designers, but I have YOU. Your clothes never cease to amaze and delight me! xxx
I just love my sandals!!!!
....so many people...friends and strangers are coming up to me to comment on them. Such happy feet I have!
I have a girlfriend also named MONA who thinks it is so cool that I have sandals with her name painted in them!!!! :-)
Keep up the good work! Your creations are marvelous!
S.W. – Illinois
Every time I go into a shoe store wearing your shoes, more customers ask about your shoes than buy shoes at the store. They are also a wonderful way to begin a conversation for people that are too shy to begin one themselves, everyone always comments about them.
They are the most comfortable shoes I own besides being such a multipurpose piece of apparel.
I was wearing your painted platform sandals. I was crossing the street in a cross walk and the stopped car honked at me. The woman in the car stuck her head out the window and yelled where’d you get those shoes? I said at Chicago’s 57th Street Art Fair. She was disappointed. I told her 2nd weekend in June every year. You just may have a new customer.
Love your shoes,
A. E., Illinois
“Oh, my God, I love your shoes!”
“What adorable shoes!”
“Now those are some shoes!”
Just can’t remember them all- I just love mine so much- they just make me feel so special and different from the rest of the crowd!
I have always had an affinity for lots of color in my wardrobe. Your shoes have given me the opportunity to show off lots of color in a unique format. It is especially unique for me because I wear a size eleven shoe and often the really cool and funky shoes are not available in size eleven. I purchased my first pair of your shoes shortly after having my second child. I needed a way to spruce up my look. Your shoes offered an easy, fun, way to do so. After purchasing my first pair of your shoes, I got so many compliments on them. They were so comfortable and added so much flair to my attire that I purchased several more. I have flats, heels, flip flops, sandals and would love some boots at this point.
My Mom is now hooked on your shoes as well. She has even more pairs of your shoes than I do. She has even managed to closely match some of your patterns to the exact patterns of certain outfits. One of her favorite pair is her sorority shoes that combine the sorority letters (Delta Sigma Theta) with your usual dots, stripes, etc. She has heels, boots, sandals, slings, purses, etc...
I always get comments when I wear them! Usually its “Those are the cutest boots I have ever seen!”
They inspired my daughter and her friends to have a boot painting party. We spray painted the boots first and then the 6 year olds made their own!
Well, you know FOX41 TV did a close up of my shoes on 9/24, when I was promoting the St. James Court Art Show, as I told them on the air that almost everything I had on, including my shoes, came from the show.
It seems your shoes are interchangeable. I wore one of the shoes I purchased from you and another shoe and no one ever noticed. They thought that was cool.! They're always a conversation piece. Good ice breaker for parties.!
I was out dancing with my friends and my husband one evening and naturally I was wearing your shoes. We were having a great time and I really didn't notice that people were staring at my feet of course one of my friends did. When I turned around a stranger asked me what I had on my feet? I replied these are my Mona shoes, my walking work of art. Thanks for the great shoes I really enjoy them and they really are a conversational piece.
When I saw your boots I thought, oh, god. My daughter said mom you are not going to buy them. That’s all she needed to say. I picked out a really cool pair and wore them home. When I showed them to my sister she said, WHY. I said, why not. They make me happy. They remind me of something I would have worn in high school. Someone even told me they reminded them of PETER MAX. How cool is that. These shoes make me so happy when I wear them. I liked them so much that I bought a pair of sandals. Not only are they cool to wear but they are very comfortable as well.
V. O., Virginia
I was at an art show and several people, in plain, drab dress would make comment on my Mona Shoes. Though they said nothing more, then “nice shoes”, I knew that they found them too wild for their own taste. As I walked through the art fair, I walked by a woman I only know in passing from a local art center. She is one whom I have always admired from afar for her funky clothes, her fun spiky hair and her natural beauty. As we walked past each other, I said “hi”. She smiled, pointed towards my feet and just said, “Mona shoes”?
I knew I loved her style!
I remember the first shoes my husband Jim and I bought from you at the Bay Harbor Art Fair a few years ago. I spotted your booth and of course couldn't resist. Jim, trying to be funny, asked if you had any men's shoes. You said that you did and he ended up buying your boyfriend’s right off his feet! He loves those shoes. He calls them his chick shoes - all the girls love them. We love our shoes!
J.& E. S.
I was flying to meet college roommates for a ski trip. I was in the Denver Airport riding the tram to another terminal and an older guy said, “Wow, looks at those boots, my daughter would love them.” Thinking his daughter was probably my age...I asked, “And how old is your daughter?” He said, “6” I'm 36 and I absolutely LOVE my boots and my sandals you made me and I'm not 6!!
My fun and funky shoes from Mona have been there for me for pure enjoyment and through some rough times. I had chemo in 2003, and a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction in 2004. At all of my chemo sessions I wore my “happy” shoes and they always perked me up when I looked at them. The other patients receiving chemo also enjoyed my great shoes. I now have a purse to match, and get constant complements from people!! Thanks Mona for your talent and creativity and assisting me in having my own “spirited” look!!
J. F., South Carolina
Mona’s shoes created a stir in airports in Italy and England, in particular the security people - pretty serious just smiling all over the place as the shoes made their way thru the scanner. A number of folks wanted to know where they could get them.
I have had hundreds of comments on the shoes I own........they bring a smile to everyone.....I call them my happy shoes............... Also, that beautiful jacket that goes with the shoes...........I love wearing them..............besides they are so comfortable..............so thanks for being so original................
I teach a credit course to 1st yr. med students at Northwestern University Medical School. It is called ARTSCONNECT and we bring the med students together with professional artists in dance, drama, drumming, etc. and then have the artists and the med students work with patients at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. It is a way for the students who are very clinically oriented to get in touch with their own creative energy and then connect with patients as “people” through the arts. I wore my “Mona Shoes” to the first session. The students keep a journal after each class and turn it in at the end of the course. A student noted in his last entry... “I could tell this was going to be a great course when I saw what the instructor was wearing and it was! Most informative, creative and enjoyable.”
Thank you, Ms. Mona...for setting the tone
E. J., Illinois
A lady at the River North Rendezvous (an art gallery walk for a local Chicago organization), made me let her try on my shoe for size and took your info to order. (Like she wanted to buy the shoes right off my feet!) People have great reactions and ALWAYS smile when viewing my fun MONA shoes.
These monochromatic pieces are so sophisticated and artsy at the same time. Perfect for older gals like me who want to be funky and cool without looking silly or dressing "too young" for our wrinkled faces and curvy bodies. The army-green sweater I bought is great with jeans for casual wear and fabulous for more dressy occasions with a pair of great black pants. The all-black shirt I bought is so slimming and attractive – perfect for everything from art gallery openings to a movie date to lunch with girlfriends. These are such wonderful basics ... versatile from classy to casual, artsy without being too far out, and one-of-a-kind pieces that are sure to get admiring glances and comments. I LOVE you, Mona! Thank you for making this 61-year-old gal look so fabulous!
I was at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Somerset , NJ this past weekend, and was dumbfounded to come upon a booth filled with stuff that looked very, very much like yours, right down to the swirls and checkerboards, only with muted colors.
I thought you should know.
Love my new brown/black dress. I have worn it a few times over the past week, including the historic home tour (I was a docent) and have received ever so many compliments. Of course, I told everyone where it came from:) You are something else! Jo.
My car is still getting TONS of attention. I go to the post office, and when I come out, I find someone taking photos of the car. I go to In & Out Burger to get a bite to eat, and the girl at the window gushes about the car. I stop at a stop sign, and pedestrians crossing the street give me a big thumbs-up. It goes on everywhere I go. Just wanted you to know that your art is making THOUSANDS of people happy! It's a Happy-mobile!
Hi Mona! Just wanted to let you know that you've done it again!! When I got back from the UP, my package was here from you!! Whoo hoo!! It's spectacular!! Adorable!! And so funky!! I want to wear it every day and I've put it on each day since I got home, but it's been 95 and humid so I haven't been able to wear it but for a few minutes!! Just looking at it makes me smile and giggle!! My sister moved back from Dublin 2 months ago and she'll get a big kick out of your inspiration when I show it to her!! She's still working and skyping with her Irish social worker friends about families they've been working with there so she'll be heading back for periodic visits. (She can travel there...but I'm just as happy wearing my top!)
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