Honoring the Craft

Old Soul. Modern Style.

bedstu story

Born in Southern California, inspired by the tough and resilient streets of Bedford Stuyvesant NY, we opened for business in a small converted warehouse / design studio a short distance from Downtown Los Angeles nearly twenty years ago in 1995. Over the years we have grown into a diverse, creative, and fiercely independent group of people with shared passion, purpose, and pride in the products we make. Our love for heritage and tradition, authentic time tested shoemaking techniques, and artisan crafted finishes are the foundation for what we have come to know and understand as doing things the “Bed Stu” way. The unapologetic line of footwear and accessories we make is like each member of the Bed Stu Family: Genuine, Unique, Imperfect.

 

Anatomy of a Cobbler Boot

Genuine - We Honor the Craft of Shoemaking. We take our time to create products that are as individual as those who wear them. We will not compromise quality. Our products use time honored constructions that may be Goodyear welted, hand woven, hand sewn, washed, and tumbled. We use natural leathers, free range when possible, a vegetable based tanning process, and hand finish our products. We buck the trend of mass production to ensure our products are made the right way, honoring the Cobbler and keeping the craft of shoemaking genuine
Unique - Just as no two hands are the same, each Bed Stu product is distinct. We work with natural leathers and materials, as much as we can, and age them to perfection through proprietary processes and hand finishes. The handcrafted nature of our leathers, shoes, and bags makes each piece special and unique. No two pairs of shoes, belt or any bag is ever identical.
Imperfect - Our work with genuinely natural leathers, along with our hand dyeing, burnishing, and aging process, creates products that are like us, naturally imperfect. You may find that our products have scratches or marks; these are signature characteristics of a natural leather. The organic tree bark tannins we use to dye our leathers yield beautiful variances in colors and tones. Our hand crafted processes provide visible individual differences in the finishes of our pieces, and the true beauty of our product, like nature, is found in these imperfections.

Each piece possesses and carries the true BedStu craftsmanship mark and proudly represents the diversity and identity of those that create and those that wear the product. We welcome you to become a member of our Bed Stu family; scratched, worn, comfortable…. Genuine, Unique and Naturally Imperfect.