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Where'd the Living Room Go? | BILLY Footwear

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Darin arrived at my condo garage at 8:30am just as I was loading up into the van to go pick up Maral. His timing was perfect. Darin climbed into the van with me and we headed to the Westin to snag Maral. Arriving on time, Maral was already waiting for us. She climbed into the Vanagon shotgun seat with her small roller bag and we drove back to the condo and got right to it. We had about four hours before Maral and Jason needed to get to the airport and we still had some important items to sort.  Our...

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Time to Focus | BILLY Footwear

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In the spirit of showing our shoes work for individuals other than just myself, I called up my friend, Stefan, who also uses a wheelchair. Our paths first crossed in 1997 when Stefan started doing his rehab just a few months after I finished mine. Stefan moved to San Diego a few years later and although we seldom see each other, we remain connected. Being somewhat close to the Los Angeles area, one of the television producers reached out to Stefan (unbeknownst to me) to get potential contacts for the focus-group challenge. So who do I see first when we...

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Rebranding | BILLY Footwear

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I am still wrapping my head around all that happened earlier today. Where to begin... Well, simply put, the Tether Team is amazing. It was such a fantastic day and a true mind-blowing opportunity to be in the midst of such talent. Their team captured our company and vision perfectly. Stanley, founder and Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of Tether, says he is a storyteller and what a storyteller he is. Seeing our words, mission, logo, and overall drive and passion illustrated in a fresh way is unbelievable. Frankly, I really can't put it into words. We are so inline with everything...

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First True Prototype Arrives | BILLY Footwear

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Our Winnie prototype finally arrived! And immediately I had the chance to try them on. See my reaction in the two short videos taken this morning.

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Designer Locked In | BILLY Footwear

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Following our successful meeting with the investors on Monday, May 11, we were given a very bold challenge to produce three shoe samples in three different sizes, intended for a focus group that could evaluate our product and show there is a greater market need than just myself. We are trying to break down the perceived wall between adaptive and non-adaptive clothing. The sample and focus group challenge is supposedly going to prove mass-market interest exists. The challenge was given to us on Monday, May 11 and then we have to present on Thursday, June 4. Cover to cover that...

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