Ethically sourced and produced by craftspeople in Peru, Ariana Bohling first arrived on the scene with her luxury Alpaca Slippers. Shortly thereafter, Ariana launched a second collection, "AoverA" composed of high quality leather and focuses on comfort and style. Together with her partner, Alyson, the two Brooklyn natives know exactly what the New York woman is looking for. We sat down with Ariana to chat business and inspiration. Check our her collections daily at our Chelsea Market location!
What inspired you to start your first line and how has your brand evolved since then? I wanted to design comfortable, good quality, genuine leather shoes with designs I would wear all over the city. Shoes I could walk or bike in, but also look stylish in and be comfortable.
When you are not busy building your business, what are some things you love to do in your spare time? Yoga, Bike riding, Prospect Park bird watching, Cooking delish food, and reading.
The one thing you wish you knew before you started your business: Sales is everything, making yourself different will make your product stand out, it is important to fill gaps in the market with product that does not yet exist.
Any upcoming projects you're looking forward to? What's next in the pipeline? Can't wait to produce and deliver AW18, lots of amazing new boots, clogs, and slippers coming!
A mantra that you live by: "OM"
Your absolute favorite place to eat/play/hang in NYC: Prospect Park
Lastly, if you had to choose one song or color that captures the essence of your business/brand, what would that be? Not sure about capturing the essence of the brand but the Beyonce song 7/11 pumps me up and she is a fierce role model that motivates other woman to achieve the way she has.