Monday, August 31, 2009

no new shoes, just NEWS!

I'm really excited about writing this because something I've wanted to do for a long time is finally happening!

Most people who know me know that about a year and a half ago, on January 11, 2008, my best friend Corbin Blackford took his own life.  I could write for pages and pages about what an awesome, incomparable person he was, and how much of a good friend he was to me.  The words I would put down though would still never fully explain how much I cared about him, and how much of an impact his friendship, and death, would make on my life.  

I've wanted to do something since then to prevent other families and friends from going through what we all went through when Corbin died.  The Kristin Brooks Hope Center was born out of this same pain, and there is no better suicide resource to devote any time, energy, or money to other than the Hope Center and their national suicide prevention phone line, Hopeline (, 1-800-SUICIDE).  

SO, I'm planning on donating a percentage of the profit of each pair of shoes I sell to the Kristin Brooks Hope Center.  The work this non-profit organization does hits me to the core, as I'm sure it does any other suicide survivor.  I'll update the blog once the contract and legalities have been sorted out with details, more information, etc.

Buy some shoes!  Do it for Corbin, do it for me, do it for anyone who has ever lost someone because of depression and suicide.



Sunday, August 30, 2009

afternoon delight

New shoes from the weekend so far!





Thursday, August 27, 2009

a little somethin' somethin'

I have a few new pairs of shoes that I've been working on.  I'm planning on selling them for about $28-$30/pair, but certain pairs that required more work or materials will probably be a little more ($35-$40).  I'm going to start including prices under photos of each pair I post.

If you see the blog and would like a pair, but can't make it to the Charlottesville Omni on November 21st to check them out, please e-mail me!  I'm working hard on my inventory and this little thing called college, but will certainly consider commissions or special requests.


DARE, $30




Thursday, August 20, 2009

my name is lucy gillis and i make shoes.

My name is Lucy Gillis and I make shoes.  I like the shoes that I make, and I hope other people will too...or at least enough to buy them!  

June 2009

June 2009

July 2009

July 2009

July 2009

July 2009

August 2009

August 2009

August 2009

These are all from my line, Black & Lu, which is debuting at the Charlottesville Artisan Market in late November.  They're all bleached, dyed, studded, and embroidered by hand.  Currently I'm working on a fifty pair premiere. 

Until then, I'll consider taking local or in-state commissions.  Different styles, embellishments, and locations will affect the price, but I'm open to ideas and suggestions!  

I can be reached through my e-mail address:
Only serious inquiries please!  Thanks y'all.