We Changed the name of our blog to : http://sbsandals.blogspot.com/
I hope you'll "follow" us there.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, November 05, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
I know this is a rare appearance on the blog, Vivian does all the updating, but I wanted to share with you that Stephen Bonanno Sandals is using social networking to keep you informed of the latest styles, Viv's favorites, new colors and reminding you of our annual sales or discounts through-out the year.
I don't want you to miss a thing.
If you haven't, be sure to join, sign up or save us to your favorites:
please go to http://www.sbsandals.blogspot.com/ our new blog site to see how we are networking.
-- Stephen Bonanno
Posted by Vivian at 1:45 PM
Monday, November 01, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Stephen Bonanno provides SHOE REPAIR too!
Shoes and Boots. 4th Generation Expert Cobbler.
Stuart Factory: 882 SW Enterprise Way
WPB SBS Boutique: 319 Belvedere Rd. corner of Olive Ave. (next to Sushi Jos Restaurant)
Posted by Vivian at 10:39 AM
Friday, October 22, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Up and Comers: Jamie Leigh Castro
By Lola Thelin Previous Palm Beach Illustrated
After years of working for her uncle's business Stephen Bonanno Sandals, 26-year-old Jamie Leigh Castro launched her line of shoes called Strawberry Blonde this year.
Some people are born into a career.
Jamie Leigh Castro is one of those lucky few. She spent her entire adolescent life around shoes, thanks to her grandparents and, later, her uncle. It was only a matter of time before the 26-year-old decided to try her hand at designing a line of shoes.
“My grandfather, Benny Bonanno, was a cobbler, and he and my grandmother Eva designed Stephen Bonanno Sandals. As a child I spent a lot of time with my grandparents in their shop, stacking dye jars and dressing dolls in leather my grandma would give me,” explains Castro.
After her grandfather passed away, Castro’s uncle Stephen Bonanno took over the family business, and one summer he offered her a job at the shop. Then 10 years old, Castro began learning the twists and turns of the business. She swept floors and helped customers by placing small orders.
“About 10 years later, my Aunt Vivian opened a Stephen Bonanno Signature store and hired me as their store manager," she recalls. "I spent a full year learning the business and studying color before realizing my dreams were right in front of me. I worked very closely with my Uncle Stephen on concepts, and by the following spring I had a sketchbook full of designs.”
This year Castro launched Strawberry Blonde, a collection of 100-percent soft leather ballet flats, ranging from sizes 6 to 12. They sell for around $250 and come in two designs, the Renee and Vivian, which features a monogram.
Like her family’s business, Strawberry Blonde shoes are also custom-made at the Stephen Bonanno Sandals factory in Stuart. Castro personally designs, cuts and hand-crafts every pair of Strawberry Blondes that she sells. “My main inspiration, of course, would have to be my uncle, as he’s taken a small family sandal business and turned it into what it is today,” says Castro, a West Palm Beach native.
Currently, the line offers ballets flats and a leather clutch in 12 colors—lime green, gold, pink, gray, red, black and more. Castro is working on a line of high heels for the spring line. “Originally, when I started designing the ballet flats they were to accompany the heels I’m designing and take your look from day to night," she says. "The heels are still in the works but the flats just seemed to take off on their own.”
The high fashion and comfortable ballet flats are perfect for the everyday woman. “I like to say my woman is fun and flirty but still has a life; she is taking the kids to school, running errands and having brunch with the girls. I love how fashion can make someone feel a certain way, like slipping on that perfect pair of shoes can transform a woman.”
To purchase a pair of Strawberry Blonde shoes or clutch:
Stephen Bonanno Sandals
319 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach
882 SW Enterprise Way, Stuart
Posted by Vivian at 11:31 AM
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Saturday, October 09, 2010
For some reason I am running into a "Server Error" when I try to post a photo. Very frustrating.
Lilly Pulitzer's God Daughter Mimi brought in her own LV handbag to be cut up and a pair of sandals made. To see her fabulous color choice go to our Facebook Page. See link to the right of this post or go directly to "Stephen Bonanno" on facebook. -- Vivian
Posted by Vivian at 9:22 PM
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Do your sandals need a little tender loving care?
All "Resole" repairs received thru the month of October will receive free shipping.
If the "tops" of your sandals are in good shape, but the soles have seen better days, it's worth resoling ... it's like getting a brand new pair for half the price.
We'll replace the insole, outsole, heel, heel pad and toe triangle, all for only $56.00!
Make sure you include your full name, return address, phone number and mention "resole" repair.
It's important to include your size, including if you had custom sizing.
Ship Repairs to:
Stephen Bonanno Sandals Factory
882 SW Enterprise Way
Stuart, Fl 34997
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
I am happy to help. -- Vivian
Posted by Vivian at 9:35 PM
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Lilly Pulitzer's God Daughter Mimi, came into the W. Palm Beach boutique and was so excited we were back in town. She wanted to know if she brought in her LV handbag could we make a pair of sandals out of the fabric. No problem! Mimi's father was the owner of LaCoste and Izod before he sold the business. I love getting to know our customers ... -- Vivian
Posted by Vivian at 3:12 PM
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Who and what was the first photo sent in to start the "Where in the World ..." series?
"Okay, so they may not be authentic "biker"-wear, they still get worn at the Darien, CT Memorial Day Parade!!" (on our Harley-Davidson Road King) at the May 28, 2007 Memorial Day Parade in Darien CT. -- Dave and Karen
Congrats to all that got it correct. Your keychains are on the way!
Posted by Vivian at 2:18 PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Clue, it's not necessarily the first image posted. Sometimes I get behind and then post everything at one time. :)
1) Describe the image
2) Give the location
3) Name of the author
Send me your guess via e-mail. email@example.com
Winners will receive a hand-crafted leather sandal key chain from Stephen Bonanno Sandals. (while supplies last)
Have Fun. Good luck!
Posted by Vivian at 2:08 PM
We are currently compiling images for the walls of our Stuart Factory and Boutique. This is the time to send us yours!
They do not have to be images from around the world, just have fun with it. send your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
A sneak peek:
One of the many favorites ... in the Where in the World ... series.
... for the last two months I have been searching everywhere for my beloved brown gator & bronze sandals. As Blanche (who is now over 60lbs) has a tendency to hide my sandals, I figured they would eventually turn up. I will let the pictures tell most of the story, but to answer the eternal question "Where in the world are your Stephen Bonannos?"
The answer is ...
at the bottom of our fish pond!!
Ali -- Miami
Posted by Vivian at 1:56 PM
We chose 7 images to be featured in our new W. Palm Beach location: it was really hard narrowing it down, but we are thrilled with our picks.
Bora Bora Tahiti
Double the Fun in Stuart FL
Pretty Preppies Bridal party in Asheville NC
Posted by Vivian at 1:44 PM
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
Finally...a picture of Emily and her bridesmaids...so sorry that we did not get one of the flower girls in their Lil Emmas!
Everyone loved their Stephen Bonnanos!!!
Thank you for all your help,
Location: Asheville, NC July 31, 2010
Posted by Vivian at 7:01 AM
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
We will announce all boutiques who will be participating in our annual sale this year via the newsletter, blog and FB. To get your authentic SB sandals, check our website for "store locations" and remember if it doesn't say Stephen, it isn't Bonanno.
Posted by Vivian at 7:20 AM
Staying true to the family tradition, every pair is 100% leather and made in the USA! Jamie is literally making every pair of her flats from beginning to end with her uncle Stephen at arms reach if she needs him.
Posted by Vivian at 6:49 AM
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The two SBS Signature Stores in downtown Stuart and Vero Beach are no longer in those locations. We Moved to:
STUART: SBS Factory & Boutique 882 SW Enterprise Way 772-219-7629
VERO BEACH: Check out Tootsies 3001 Ocean Dr. 772-234-6783
WEST PALM BEACH: SBS Boutique 319 Belvedere Rd. Corner of Olive Ave and Belvedere next to Sushi Jos Restaurant. Opening first week of September
Posted by Vivian at 12:30 PM
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Just like our sandals, Stephen Bonanno Mules are hand-crafted of 100% leather with the same kid skin tops for that soft supple feel or try our textured leathers for the exotic look.
Order on-line or swing by the SB Factory Boutique in Stuart just west of I-95 off Kanner Hwy and Jack James Dr.
Posted by Vivian at 5:25 PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
My Stephen Bonannos traveled with me all over the Bronx & ON to the field at Yankee Stadium. Here's a picture of my SBS and me in the Yankee dugout before we played the Red Sox! I even ran into a fellow Yankee fan sporting the same PB Classics in white in the stadium store...small world.
Love my Stephen Bonannos & my Yankees! :)
Posted by Vivian at 8:16 PM
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Couldn't wait to send you this picture of my new "Cork" sandals. I'm not in some exotic place, but thought they looked pretty good here, on my balcony, at home in Myrtle Beach. Can't wait to wear them out and show them off.
Posted by Vivian at 2:18 PM
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Just a quick note to make you laugh...I went to a party with my husband last Saturday night. It was a pool party and I had somehow missed the memo. Many people were in the pool (in bathing suits) enjoying the water. I was dancing and socializing when the host of the party walked up, threw me over his shoulder and proceeded toward the pool. The fight was on... kicking, screaming, trying to get my sandals off!! Finally he stopped and said, "Will some one please take her shoes off!" Then he heave hoed me into the pool in my clothes!! Thank goodness my sandals were safe.
Where have my Stephen Bonanno's been? At least they have not been to the bottom of the pool!!
P.S. I may have pushed him in first:)
Posted by Vivian at 11:28 AM