These Boots Are Made for Talking – Stella Botas

Leather samples.
Leather samples.

Fancy leather boots crafted solely for your feet… One of the many leather products one can spend one’s money on here in Bogota. Stella Bota is well known in the expat community. The boots cost about 125 U.S. dollars so it’s not an inexpensive experience (but it is hand crafted). The shop has many samples of leather in all colors. They have books from which you can select a design or you can bring in a photo. The sales people will measure your feet and it takes about a month for the boots to be ready. You will want to go in for fittings but, then again, anything you can imagine can be made into leather boots, and that is worth the wait.

The dog in a tutu.
The dog in a tutu.

Their address is 14, Diagonal 61C # 27A, Bogotá.

The shop front.
The shop front.

Stella can also repair leather shoes and boots for a feet.

Lots of boots to be inspired by.
Lots of boots to be inspired by.

While the shop is well known, the dog wearing a tutu will ensure that you won’t forget this shop experience.

This boot can be worn three ways.
This boot can be worn three ways: up, down, and scrunched.

Shamim, My Favorite Framer in Dhaka – Cezanne Gallery

A special lungi frame for my photo of a man in a lungi.
A special lungi frame for my photo of a man in a lungi.

A great delight of living in Dhaka is getting custom made, hand crafted frames. But, much more than that, my framer, Shamim of Cezanne Gallery, is an artist. Like great artists, he grows and develops his craft. I have given him several new styles of frames which I designed for my own photographs and artwork, and he took the ideas and “ran with it” as Americans like to say. I am impressed. Cezanne Gallery also has ready made paintings and artwork for purchase but I prefer the framing experience when sitting in the calm studio on the second level of UAE mall, ceiling fan blowing, and artistic inspiration flying.

Cezanne Gallery in UAE Market on Kemal Ataturk.
Cezanne Gallery in UAE Market on Kemal Ataturk.

The Cezanne Gallery is hard to find because it’s in plain sight. It’s located in the UAE Market on Kemal Ataturk, in Banani. If you drive west on Kemal Ataturk away from Gulshan 2 Circle, then this red brick two level mall will be on you left right before you reach airport road.

Shamim in his frame shop.
Shamim in his frame shop.

He is pricier than some other shops but his frames are cheap compared to the U.S. where a custom made frame can cost $24 per inch. Cezanne’s prices vary depending on what you get done but my frames have cost from $4-$150. Cezanne Gallery will re-do something if you do not like it. They deliver in a week (literally will deliver if your frame is too big or you cannot pick it up). They have an array of frames, mattes, and will match the color of the matte and frame to some part of the artwork or anything you can indicate (I once asked for the frame to match the brick wall outside). I thoroughly enjoyed the creative process of thinking up designs for my frames and I have done a fair amount of framing. Shamim is a gentleman and I have enjoyed the endless possibilities we have discussed while sitting in Cezanne Gallery.

Artwork and frames in Cezanne Gallery.
Artwork and frames in Cezanne Gallery.