My design process continually evolves. What started in fashion led to Muckies which then and currently has evolved to commercial and residential interior renovations.
My greatest passion and drive was inspired by our two awesome boys to create positive change for our only Earth. This is StufF.
StufF is a collection of practical, beautiful, one of a kind products made from materials already existing. Discontinued designer fabrics samples, remnants and off-cuts are upcycled into bags and other useful items.
StufF is selectively sold in stores that promote local makers and have a similar message in reducing our footprint.
Our family fund donates to The Treehouse Project through the Winnipeg Foundation. With each sale of StufF a portion is returned to the community in places of need regarding children, youth and families. Investing in children and our environment are the future we need to nourish.
I studied in Vancouver, lived in Toronto and toured North America promoting the Linda Lundstrom fashion line, but time and time again I gravitated back to Winnipeg. On one Winnipeg trip, I arrived home right in the middle of winter and needed a good pair of winter boots. Here's what I learned: everything was black, boring and not even close to warm enough for the weather.
Ambitiously, I created my own!
I took a moccasin-making course that gave me the basics and I bought a pair of second hand winter boots to analyze their construction. I used my pattern-making skills to perfect the fit and proportions and slowly started accumulating the proper industrial machines to eliminate hand-sewing. When a Canadian mukluk manufacturer saw what I was doing, they approached me to design for them. I worked there for 6 months, but left knowing that I needed to continue with my idea of non-traditional mukluks.
I use Canadian furriers to find the perfect fur for my designs. Sourcing through local suppliers lets me hand select each fur and buy in smaller quantities – this allows me to offer an even wider variety of fur options.
I do not use anything exotic or endangered.
The process I have created for constructing the fur for each pair of boots is more extensive and time-consuming than traditional manufacturing processes. This eliminates any fur from being wasted and creates an interesting look and texture.
You will not find Julie Pedersen Muckies in stores as they are not mass-produced.
There are extensive design and construction details exclusive to Muckies making them aesthetically gorgeous and yet practical for everyday wear.