As a mother of three young children, I found myself spending more and more time at home. Not only was I caring for my children, but I was also looking after our home, maintaining a schedule of school and philanthropic meetings, and entertaining extended family and friends. Like a lot of people, I prefer to take off my shoes and put on a comfy pair of slippers the moment I get home. However, the typical slipper wasn’t working for my lifestyle any longer: I wanted something more suitable to an elegant environment. I wanted to feel like a princess in my palace, rather than the old lady who lived in the shoe.
I ventured out to specialty stores in my neighborhood, with my little ones in tow. However, finding slippers in August in Santa Monica, California, is akin to searching for Christmas ornaments in the summer. So I went to where you find everything and anything these days: the Internet. My search became more of a quest. I had a very clear image in my head of the perfect slipper. As the weeks passed, I became obsessed, certain it was out there somewhere.
Yet I couldn’t seem to find what I was seeking.
I called a woman who provided my family’s business, Wynn Resorts, with robes and slippers for our hotel guests. I told her of my dilemma and asked if she could make the slippers that I had been envisioning. After I showed her my ideas, she encouraged me to not only have them made, but also to sell them in our stores. She then introduced me to a woman who taught shoe design, who offered wonderful guidance as I embarked on this journey.