August 24, 2010

Marais USA + OXFORD GIVEAWAY!



Meet Haley Boyd and Catherine Chen, the powerhouse duo behind Marais USA. I've talked before about how inspired I am by my (former) classmates and friends who are among the movers & shakers or the design world, and these fellow Parsons '08 grads are only a further testament to that fact!

Haley & Catherine have been on a mission to create cute, affordable, well-made classic pieces that can be the foundations of a city girls shoe wardrobe, and barely 3 years into their venture, they're doing a pretty damn good job.

The two joined me for a quick Q&A!

What do you draw inspiration from?
Catherine and I design shoes that we ourselves want to wear every day. Comfort and walk-ability are huge factors for us, so we tend to focus on flats and wedges that you can actually get around New York City in.

How are you doing things differently?
Most shoe companies release at least 50 styles every season. We design a maximum of 6 styles. Our goal is to zero in on the basics and make them as awesome as possible, while still keeping the design simple and relatively streamlined. We don't try to fluff up our collection with tons of variation and decoration.

If you had to pick, which is your favorite Marais USA style? Why?
My favorite style is our Chelsea Boot. I don't think there is a single thing in my closet I wouldn't wear them with.

What's your design process like?
Well we begin by identifying what it is that we will want to be wearing, then we figure out what is already available, so we can offer something seemingly basic (yet hard to find) at a decent price. When we designed our Oxford, there was nothing else like it on the market - especially for under $100. Now there are Oxfords at every shoe shop in New York!

Do you see yourselves expanding the line? (An affordable line of accessories, handbags, etc.)
Absolutely, we are gearing up to do handbags, and a few small accessories. Stay tuned :)

If you could collaborate with any artist or designer, who would it be?
There are many, but right now Phoebe Philo is the designer I'd love to work with.

Favorite Summer time Event:
Haley: Weekly Saturday Flea Market in Fort Greene

Songs of the Summer:
Catherine: Neil Young: "Vampire Blues"

Summer Dining Destination:
Catherine: Five Leaves

#1 Wishlist Item:
Haley: White Ghost Chairs for my kitchen table

Style Icon:
Haley: Daria Werbowy





GIVEAWAY DETAILS


Up for grabs are a brand-spanking-new pair of Marais USA's classic Oxford in either White or Hunter Green.
All you have to do is 1.) Be a follower of the blog (if you're not already, click the little "follow" button on the right hand column), 2.) Leave a comment with your name, e-mail address, and a description of how you'd wear the Oxfords. If you need inspiration, be sure to check out the Marais USA website, and check out the girls, their team, and their incredible selection of shoes! The giveaway will be closed September 1st, 2010. A winner will be selected at random.

All photos courtesy of Marais USA

59 comments:

  1. Heyyyyy lady!

    Mandy Fierens
    mandy@thecurvymodel(dot)com

    I would wear these oxfords with some interesting socks and a simple dress. :) I am needing some oxfords in my closet!

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  2. i'd wear them with tights and a little dress and cardigan in autumn :)

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  3. Joelle
    Hermione071@yahoo.com
    I would wear them with cigarette pants & a long sleeve button down shirt (with the sleeves rolled up). Optional tan trench coat depending on the weather.

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  4. I already follow! :)

    I would wear these with a cute little socks, a flowy mini-skirt, a white tank and a silky tie! I can see it already! ;)

    -Christina <3

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  5. Julianna Krisztina Ritter
    ritter.jk@gmail.com

    I would wear these oxfords with an black cotton dress with small white polka dots my grandmother gave me from the 40s and a straw fedora, complete with a soft pink lipstick.

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  6. Pary Huckleberry
    pshuckle@indiana.edu

    I would have to wear these with my floral shorts from Torrid, a tank and blazer. They are just beautiful!

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  7. Elizabeth elizabeth.o.no.blog (at) gmail.com

    I would wear them with slim cut jeans/trousers and a beige pinstripe blazer with the sleeves rolled up and a white tee :)

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  8. Oooh nice.
    gazelma (at) hotmail.com

    I would wear those with some trousers, maybe rolled up or just cropped and rolled up. I'd wear some socks with the oxfords haha. I'd wear a nice slouchy shirt tucked in with a belt on the pants and a boyfriend blazer with the sleeves rolled up for a casual, relaxed look.

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  9. Rachel M
    bootyliicious3@aol.com

    I would wear the oxfords with my rolled up boyfriend jeans. A simple white t and my favorite vintage green blazer w/ a feather pin! =)

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  10. I'm such a fan of the Marais shoes.

    I'd wear the oxfords with Knee socks, a floral mini skirt, tie neck blouse and oversized cardigan.

    I'm so ready for fall.


    Sarah Skelton
    seaurchindestroy@gmail.com

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  11. i follow you :)i can see myself wearing the oxfords with my favorite floral dress and a cardigan! yum!

    Mayra Mejia
    simplymayraaa@yahoo.com

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  12. I would wear them with my black opaque tights and my favorite smiths band t-shirt :)

    My name is Ileana Alvarez
    email: Alvarezie89@gmail.com

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  13. I would wear the green oxfords with this new brownish/orange sweater from H&M paired with a light color skinny jeans. Then roll up the pants so you can see the oxfords. Amix of colors of the fall over here.
    A little dandy-ish, I guess.

    My name: Nefferth Bernadina
    email: nefferthbernadina@gmail.com

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  14. I love marais USA! I would wear them with some grey tights and a floral tea dress, a snuggly scarf and a satchel for winter!

    Myneonlights@hotmail.com
    ellie xx

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  15. I would wear the green oxfords with taupe thigh-highs and and a belted floral shirt dress!

    Name: Rebecca Mapes
    Email: rebeccamapes@gmail.com

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  16. Thiat M
    tmakinwa@hotmail.com

    I'd wear the oxfords with fitted rolled-up chinos, an over-sized sweater, a bucket bag with studs and some chunky bangles to seal the deal.

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  17. welllll...when I'm not wearing blonde wigs, silver sequin tub tops, flouncy tennis skirts and metallic go-go boots, I usually wear Oxfords...

    So maybe, I'd pair these with an ankle biting Cigarette pant, my sol moscot glasses and a silk tank top.

    the end!
    http://ladulcivida.blogspot.com

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  18. xmarycontraryx @ gmail.com

    I would wear the hunter green pair with patterned tights, a dress, and maybe a cardigan!

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  19. mverdera@gmail.com

    I would def. wear these with rolled up jeans, a layered tank and a cardi... LOVE 'EM!

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  20. Nikki Garza, Starjuice13@gmail.com

    I've been wanting Oxfords for awhile, haven't had the guts to get them. I would wear these w/my ASOS blue, black and white flower print midi dress and a denim jacket, or long cardigan. Or I'm thinking I can wear them to work w/a black pencil skirt, tights and a navy ruffle top.

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  21. Sondra Perry
    sondra.r.perry@gmail.com

    Those Oxfords are lovely! I would wear the green ones with my ASOS Velvet Panel Leggings, one of my brother's button downs and a cardigan for the chilly weather in Upstate New York!

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  22. my name is janie and my email address is janie_garcia77@yahoo.com.

    i am a girl made for dresses and skirts and these oxfords would compliment my WHOLE wardrobe; especially my green, brown, and orange skirt that i mostly wear with a denim jacket and tuxedo ruffled tank top. i could also see them with me on those random moments when i want to throw on some rolled up jeans, a tee, bling, and a trench. i cannot tell you how much my "California girl" shoe collection needs these shoes! i can't wait to put my flip flops and boots aside and rock some lovely oxfords!

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  23. amazing giveaway, girl!

    gracie o.
    woolandmisc[at]gmail
    i would wear these with bloomers and hair that just covers my nipples.

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  25. they are just made for me :)

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  26. Hey Nicolette! My friend Margot told me I ought to check out your blog, and it's terrific! I'm now a "follower." :-)

    Mariel, striblingm@gmail.com

    And I would wear these with pretty much everything, because I live in SF where the sun doesn't shine and I'm in need of versatile shoes that I won't freeze my toes off in.

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  27. Hey, Nicolette! I've been following you for a while now - I just have my blog roll set up so the most recently updated blogs pop up first, and so I just click through from my blog to yours.

    T Johnston - tjohnston240 @ Gmail.com

    I picked up this really great heather blue A-line skirt at Target the other day and I'd probably wear the white oxfords with that skirt and a button-down menswear-style top. They'd also look great with rolled-up jeans and a comfy t-shirt!

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  28. Yes, please!

    Green oxfords, gray trouser socks, most worn in Sunday afternoon jeans, tee, boyfriend blazer, hair in a knot. Boom!

    Liz Herber
    liz.herber@gmail.com

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  29. OMG OMG OMG !!!!!

    Let me just start by saying i am fashion student currently living in brooklyn and new to NYC (but loving it),i am also BROKE in a field that you pretty much need money to survive... and those oxfords are to die for !!!!!!!

    My style and design esthetic is very androgynes so these oxfords are perfect for me.

    -I would wear my high waisted black leggings(evans.co.uk)

    -My black biker jacket (beth ditto for evans collection)

    -My black bra ( depending on the time of day ), or Black and white cropped top (asos)

    -My heavy chain/choker style neck piece (silver- from so good jewlery in soho )

    -my 3 finger surface and air ring

    -to top it off a princess pink lip color
    (sephora)

    -And the icing on the other wise typical all black outfit THE PERFECT MARIAS OXFORDS IN WHITE , to add a tailored edge to a grunge look ..

    I hope you enjoy...

    (P.S.) I love your blog and it would be great to meet up sometime ( email me if you would like to, if not we'll act like i never even typed this.... )


    iconicfashq@aim.com

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  30. Oh my word! These oxfords are to die for.

    I would wear the hunter green oxfords with sheer black tights, a black skirt, red plaid shirt, camel pullover sweater and a trench coat.

    Mary
    andnicelydone@aim.com

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  31. I'd wear them with some black leggings under some dark blue shorts, with a navy or green cardigan and a white v neck underneath it.

    jmesciap@gmail.com

    These shoes!

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  32. Sayuri Sepulveda :)

    I just recently got some white lace Hello Kitty tights shipped in from a relative in Japan (compulsively childish, I know), so I'd most likely bust one of those on, a body-con Parisian striped dressed, and since it's starting to get chilly here in Montreal, an off-white large knit snood! Last but certainly not least, rather than a handbag, I'd like to nominate my newly acquired, ruby-red 'Randoseru', which are the traditional backpacks that Japanese school kids use (but mine's at a practical adult size). I definitely recommend you search them up and see for yourself how adorable they are!

    Depending on the weather: Burberry trench coat - optional.

    Its a good thing that I have you bookmarked on my daily cycle of blogs to read!

    sayuri.sepulveda@yahoo.com

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  33. I'm finna wear that green pair with some charcoal drop crotch pants (cuffed), a slouch tee and oversized cardigan.

    -Phillip

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  34. E @ ezgio@hotmail[.]co[.]uk

    I would wear them with cropped pants, black of course, with a boyfriend shirt tucked in slightly at the front. Some killer accessories and a pretty smile!

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  35. Toya Burris, latoya.burris@gmail.com

    I would rock my oxfords with a fitted top, pencil skirt and knee high socks.

    - xoxo Marais

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  36. Jeniese Jeniesehosey@gmail.com

    I would wear them with a pencil skirt and round collar blouse. Or I would wear them with my boyfriend jeans... Or I might give them to Amelia Pontes cause she loves them and looks way better in them than me!

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  37. Me ! Me ! Me ! Please !
    I would wear the white ones with my zip denim dress, my black leather perfecto and my yellow satchel, they'd be so perfect to hang in Paris with in fall ! I love the white ones !
    Love your blog Nicolette, so tasty, so cute, so YOU ! xoxo

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  38. i love your blog! especially your photos- beautiful :)

    i would wear the white ones (green are cute too tho), with knee high knit socks, a short colorful skirt, simple tshirt, and my new 40's style bright yellow coat that has me praying for fall to begin.

    email daronson@aclu.org

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  39. Once again great photos! Maybe we could do a blog story swap in the near future? Travel, art, food/wine, photography - whatever?
    http://thought2form.blogspot.com/2010/08/ubuntu-restaurant-napa-ca_19.html

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  40. aiiieeee!
    I would wear the white oxfords with a pair of coloured tights- i'm thinking pink or purple- with a white, floral-printed dress and a sequinned jacket to celebrate September 1st being the first day of Spring in Australia! xo

    brodielancaster@gmail.com

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  41. dark skinny jeans, feminine button-up blouse, and a long grandpa cardigan.

    -Danielle King
    danielleking920@yahoo.com

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  42. Gimme.
    I'd wear them with nothing but a cone bra and denim cut-offs!

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  43. lol @ Gabby's comment above.


    I'm following;
    jenniesp1979@hotmail.com

    I'm on a pastel kick so i would wear them with grey trousers, a peach colored blazer I thrifted with the above mentioned Gabby, and of course the white oxfords with a cute pair of black frilly socks. :-)

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  44. I should add that i tired commenting with like for different types of handles and none let me so i did it anonymously.. but in regards to my comment above, im following as JenniePlusOne

    jenniesp1979@hotmail.com

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  45. I would boogie in the white ones on stage with my band wearing skintight black cigarette pants with a sheen, my black & white polka dot tie-neck blouse and my white tambourine!

    stephaniemccarthy@gmail.com

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  46. Alexys Pentecost
    engineheart@gmail.com

    i'm imagining the white oxfords with a white with black and pink rose print fluffy skirt that i have on deck to sew(above the knee), black tank, wide belt and a fitted blazer.

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  47. sarah mccormick
    sarah.e.mccormick@gmail.com
    definitely with a short-ish patterned skirt, button down, and dark cashmere knee socks (or tights if i can afford them!)

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  48. cesiliarivera

    riveracesilia@gmail.com

    i would wear them with bf jeans and a blazer !

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  49. Heebie Jeebie Jaya!

    robot.rhythm[at]gmail.com

    I would most def dress myself like a denim-colored crayon and wear the blue oxfords with a chambray shirt buttoned up all the way, denim cutoffs, and MAYBE JUST MAYBE my sister's pink bolo tie. And if I'm feeling more howdy doody I'd add my for crap straw hat.

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  50. Check out our story on GoGo Gear - New Los Angeles Designers:http://thought2form.blogspot.com/2010/06/gogo-gear_03.html

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  51. name, e-mail address, and a description of how you'd wear the Oxfords.

    Breniecia Reuben
    Breniecia@gmail.com

    I'd try to explore every element that I can with my oxfords. I'd pair them up with some skinnies and a vintage blouse (I have heaps) and a cardigan for a classic autumn layered look.

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  52. name, e-mail address, and a description of how you'd wear the Oxfords.

    Breniecia Reuben
    Breniecia@gmail.com

    I'd try to explore every element that I can with my oxfords. I'd pair them up with some skinnies and a vintage blouse (I have heaps) and a cardigan for a classic autumn layered look.

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  53. Alexys Pentecost
    engineheart@gmail.com

    i'm imagining the white oxfords with a white with black and pink rose print fluffy skirt that i have on deck to sew(above the knee), black tank, wide belt and a fitted blazer.

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  54. Me ! Me ! Me ! Please !
    I would wear the white ones with my zip denim dress, my black leather perfecto and my yellow satchel, they'd be so perfect to hang in Paris with in fall ! I love the white ones !
    Love your blog Nicolette, so tasty, so cute, so YOU ! xoxo

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  55. Nikki Garza, Starjuice13@gmail.com

    I've been wanting Oxfords for awhile, haven't had the guts to get them. I would wear these w/my ASOS blue, black and white flower print midi dress and a denim jacket, or long cardigan. Or I'm thinking I can wear them to work w/a black pencil skirt, tights and a navy ruffle top.

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  56. Thiat M
    tmakinwa@hotmail.com

    I'd wear the oxfords with fitted rolled-up chinos, an over-sized sweater, a bucket bag with studs and some chunky bangles to seal the deal.

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  57. Pary Huckleberry
    pshuckle@indiana.edu

    I would have to wear these with my floral shorts from Torrid, a tank and blazer. They are just beautiful!

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  58. i'd wear them with tights and a little dress and cardigan in autumn :)

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