It’s not often that accessories save lives, but Jimmy Choo is trying to change that. The luxury company is working on a capsule line called Project PEP that will support the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Twenty-five percent of the sales from the collection will be donated to support the Simelela Rape Center in Cape Town, South Africa. The center administers HIV preventative PEP medication and provides follow-up care and counseling to survivors of sexual violence. In 2005, Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon worked with the Elton John AIDS Foundation on “Four Inches,” a charitable project that helped provide Simelela with initial funding. She said her company is dedicated to the support and empowerment of women. “We are proud to continue our collaboration with the compelling and urgent initiatives of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and to provide a voice for underprivileged women in South Africa,” Mellon said in a statement. The collection of limited-edition tote bags, clutches, ballet flats, signature heels and flip-flops, priced between $95 and $995, will be available at Jimmy Choo stores worldwide in November.
– Justin Fenner
What could be more glamorous than slipping out of sky-high heels and soaking your toes in a stiletto-shaped bath tub? Mosaic art firm Sicis has made that a possibility with the Audrey Tub Collection, which debuted at this year’s Salone di Mobile International Fair in Milan. Not only is it an aesthetic masterpiece for shoe lovers, but the curved shape of the tub is comfortable and therapeutic. The designer behind the tubs is Massimiliano Della Monaca, an Italian artist who is known for creating innovative home fixtures and furnishings. Prices begin at $30,000, and each model can be customized with unique tile patterns and motifs. For ordering and additional information, visit Sicis.com.
– Meghan Cass
California-based JanSport has crafted a new hybrid collection called Sole Packs that adds a protective rubber sole to the bottom of its backpacks and totes. The capsule line consists of two styles in several colorways. The nylon and suede body of the Sole Vert messenger bag takes its cue from vintage puffer jackets and comes complete with a utilitarian-chic seat belt shoulder strap. The fully-functional bag also boasts a quilted laptop sleeve to protect precious cargo. Meanwhile, the Sole Pack model pays tribute to JanSport’s classic backpack silhouette, but it has been upgraded with a laptop compartment and fused rubber sole. Pieces from the collection will retail for $100 each and are slated to hit specialty stores, including Old School Shoes in Santa Cruz, Calif., this month.
Life is ‘Beautiful’
“Beautiful People,” the BBC comedy based on Simon Doonan’s novel of the same name, has arrived on our shores. Doonan, who wears many hats, including creative director of Barneys New York, mines his most seminal childhood memories growing up young and fabulous in Reading, England, in the six-episode mini-series. “The message is very positive,” Doonan told Footwear News. “The family integrates the eccentric gay child — yours truly! — and supports his hopes and dreams. I am proud of it.” Produced by veterans of “The Office” and “Absolutely Fabulous,” “Beautiful People” is currently running in high rotation on the Logo Network. For the full program schedule, check Logoonline.com.