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Stories from Mayflower Inn and Spa

Stories from Mayflower Inn and Spa

Go How I Got an Exclusive Invitation to Connecticut's Secret Stiletto Stampede

Manolo Blahniks Sandals

I never knew I would find my perfect pair of Manolo Blahniks in the rolling hills of Connecticut. Beyond a pasture rife with bright red barns and hundreds of free-roaming cows, I traded in my exclusive invitation from the Mayflower to enter Arethusa Farm & Dairy, where Manolo Blahnik’s President and VP George Malkemus and Tony Yurgaitis have led operations since 1999.

Though the farm is known for producing the state’s most delicious old-fashioned ice cream, I came in search of a signature pair of stilettos at the farm’s secret sample sale. Lucky for me, I was one of few insiders privy to the farm’s annual party that takes place ahead of New York Fashion Week when the rolling pastures are stamped with heel prints of eager shoppers like myself seeking luxury shoe salvation. Stories from Mayflower Inn and Spa