Brazilian footwear designer Gracienne Myers is moving beyond the basics. After launching her namesake footwear brand in 2005, she is now introducing Clearly Glam, a line of luxe shoe storage boxes that not only lend an air of elegance to any closet but are also sustainably produced. The stackable, transparent boxes are made from recycled PET, the same material used in disposable water bottle packaging. As Myers explains it: “Having 150 pairs of shoes and never being able to find the right style or color to match what I was wearing was such a waste. I wanted to create a shoe box that was lightweight, see-through and true to my environmentally conscious lifestyle.” Clearly Glam is sold at Gracienne.com for $9.95 per box, and a portion of the proceeds go to environmental nonprofit Global Green.
As soon as the “I dos” have been exchanged, brides can slip off their stilettos and step onto the dance floor in a pair of comfortable ballet flats by Spare Soles. The Encinitas, Calif.-based company, launched last year by Andrea Padilla Weisner, offers a collection of ballet flats that come discreetly packed inside a matching wristlet. There’s even a pocket inside the pouch for credit cards and personal I.D. Specifically targeted to the bridal market is the new Diamond collection, available in white and ivory satin spandex. And for wedding guests with aching feet, there are similar versions in pink, black, silver and gold, with brown and leopard to be added in December. The Diamond series retails for $29, with additional styles for $25. Sizes range from small to
The second generation of the Prada phone by LG is born. Building on the successful and sleek design of its predecessor, the latest version conceals a slim silver keyboard that slides out from behind its touch screen. Tactile and hi-tech, the mobile phone also boasts 3G compatibility, 7.2 mbps HSPA, a full HTML browser, a 5 mega-pixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens and video calling. But alas, Europeans continue to win out in the technology department. For now, the new Prada phone is available only in the U.K., France, Germany and Italy, for a starting price of 600 euros.
James Brown may have claimed it’s a man’s world, but try telling that to Diane von Furstenberg. To coincide with her Wonder Woman-inspired ready-to-wear collection for holiday, the designer has released a unique comic book through DC Comics. “Be the Wonder Woman You Can Be: The Adventures of Diva, Viva and Fifa” contains tales of female empowerment and independence — attributes the business maven and CFDA chairwoman has been lauding since the 1970s. Proceeds from the comic book sales benefit Vital Voices, a nonprofit organization devoted to training and mentoring women leaders worldwide. The book is selling for $25 in Diane von Furstenberg stores and on Dvf.com through Christmas.