Shoe designer Juliette Bench drops the fast track and finds success with a Cape Cod-inspired flip-flop

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The story sounds like the plot of a romantic comedy starring Emma Stone.

A harried New York shoe designer works her way up the ladder at Kate Spade, designs for Tommy Hilfiger, and then tosses it all aside for a quiet life on Cape Cod. She moves into her parents’ summer house and starts her own business designing flip-flops. Romance enters the story when she meets the man who becomes her husband.

Replace Stone with West Roxbury native Juliette Bench, and the plot is currently playing out in real life. While Bench thrived in her frenetic life in New York, she daydreamed of a romantic existence on Cape Cod. She started planning her escape from the city by creating a flip-flop design around a symbol of summer: the white braided sailor’s bracelet, a staple found on wrists all over New England and beyond this time of year.

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