Okay, lads and ladies, it's time for me to put my business hat on and make a very important announcement.

On Monday, October 14th, the prices on some of our shoes will be going up.

While most of our prices will stay right where they are, we've had to make the difficult to decision to raise the prices on Tavistock, Hartfield, Astoria, Kensington, and Pompadour.

This tough decision involved many factors.  While the quality of construction and materials has gone up, unfortunately this means the price of those materials goes up too, as well as the cost of shipping and freight, and the skilled labor needed to manufacture high-grade leather shoes and boots.

We care about everyone connected to our business, from you the customer to the people making our product.  In return for the price increase, you get an awesomely authentic, comfortable, and superior quality shoe, and our factory workers get a higher wage and much better quality of life.  We here at HQ get to continue making historical shoes and accessories.  Everybody wins, even our mail carrier, who gets cash bonuses for all of the packages he picks up from us.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.  This isn't easy, but I know you wonderful people in the community will understand the conundrum, especially those of you who yourselves run small businesses.

So if you've been eyeballing a pair of boots, Kensies, or the new Pompadours, take advantage of the lower prices this weekend.  EasyPay Layaway plans are also welcome.

If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them in the comments, or by email - lauren@american-duchess.com .

Most Sincerely,