Friday, October 31, 2014

"Seabury" Edwardian Shoes - Pre-Order Now Open

Thank you to everyone who participated in the "Seabury" Flash Sale on Facebook. That's over now, and it's time for our regular website pre-order. So without further ado, "Seabury" in black and grey-gold is now officially available to order:

"Seabury" in black, with custom-designed brocade, French heels, and detachable bow clips. Click the image to learn more.

"Seabury" in grey, based on an antique pair in the Newport Historical Society's collection. Custom-designed brocade, paired with shimmering satin, a new French heel, and removable bow clips. Click here to see more.

"Seabury" will arrive in late November, just in time for holiday shopping. Order "Seabury" at

Monday, October 27, 2014

Introducing "Seabury" Edwardian Shoes by The Newport Historical Society

American Duchess "Seabury" Edwardian Shoes
Newport Historical Society "Seabury" Edwardian shoes, by American Duchess

Today we're excited to finally introduce "Seabury," a gorgeous new reproduction Edwardian from the Newport Historical Society, Rhode Island.

Back in April, Elizabeth from the Newport Historical Society contacted me to suggest a collaboration. The Newport Historical Society has an impressive collection of antique shoes dating back to the 18th century, so when Elizabeth and I were deciding which shoes to work on together we were quite spoiled for choice.

The original "Seabury" shoes, which once upon a time were actually a very pale green, but have faded through the decades to be a subtle grey.
One design sparkled a little more than the others, a gorgeous grey pump from the turn of the 20th century, with subtle brocade paired with shimmering satin, elegant heels and feminine bows.

It was a whirlwind adventure with Seabury's development, going back-and-forth with the textile manufacturer and heel factory to recreate these special elements as closely as we could.

The fabric - I drew this by hand, using photos of the original shoes to extrapolate out the pattern.
One of the antique heels I found on eBay, which served as the template for our new French heel shape.
We're so proud of the result!  Here are the specifics at a glance:

American Duchess "Seabury" Edwardian Shoes
Seabury is available in grey-gold or black-black, with custom-made brocade, and removable bow clips.
Seabury Edwardian Pumps

  • Upper is custom-made brocade paired with satin
  • Leather lining and soles
  • Custom-made, perfectly balance French Heel - 3 inch / 7.6 cm
  • Detachable bow shoe clip
  • Available in gray/gold or black/black
  • Historically correct for c. 1900 - 1925

Sales of Seabury directly benefit the Newport Historical Society, helping to keep their doors open and maintain their important historical clothing and footwear collections.

Pre-Orders for Seabury open on Friday, October 31, at, but we're doing an exclusive sale for Facebook Fans on Thursday, October 30, using a new way of ordering right from our Facebook page.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Behind the Scenes Tour of American Duchess, Inc.

Many of you have asked to see "behind the scenes" of our little shoe company, so I made a video to show you .....  you've been warned! I hope you enjoy it. :-)

Friday, October 24, 2014

WINNER! "Virginia" Shoes Giveaway

Thank you all so much for participating in the "Virginia" Renaissance Shoes giveaway! There were gobs and gobs of entries, but alas there can only be one winner.

And the winner is...

Amanda V. 


If you're absolutely gutted and just need to have these shoes in your life, there's still time to pre-order and take advantage of the free stockings or $10 discount.

Visit the Renaissance page at

Thanks again!