A look at five of the newest labels in men’s footwear.
Founder: Alexandra Finlay
Debut: Spring ’08
Price range: 80 pounds (about $110)
Available: Bloomingdale’s New York, Selfridges
Up next: Finlay plans to expand the brand to include sunglasses and grooming products. She frequently adds new colors to her signature loafer style and is researching new styles to add to the mix.
Founders: Kevin Carney and Brandon Day
Debut: Fall ’07
Price range: $240-$390
Production: Italy and Portugal
Available: Steven Alan, Revolve Clothing, Fred Segal Santa Monica
Up next: Generic Man just unveiled a more price-conscious line made in Korea: Generic Surplus. Launched in January through Urban Outfitters, the line comprises four styles, priced from $58 to $70. Starting in March, it will be available in a wider retail market, and for fall ’09, it will expand to 10 to 12 styles.
Founder: Wells Stellberger
Debut: Fall ’08
Price range: $250-$500
Available: Oak in New York, Revolve Clothing in L.A., Bows and Arrows in Austin, Texas
Up next: Stellberger collaborated with Danny Roberts, a graphic artist based in California, for a fall ’09 shoe. Roberts created a print of a birds-eye view of a town to go onto a nubuck leather oxford. Heutchy will also introduce an ankle boot with a shearling lining.
Founder: Scott Emerson
Debut: Spring ’07
Price range: $280+
Available: American Rag, select Bloomingdale’s locations, Lane Crawford in Hong Kong
Up next: Emerson will introduce luggage for fall ’09. He is also working on shoes and bags for bike lovers. At press time, he was about to relaunch his Website and was also considering an e-commerce site in conjunction with Officine Creative that would feature multiple brands, including Narrative.
Founders: Ryan Ringholz and Rowe Samieian
Debut: Spring ’08
Price range: $150-$585
Production: Portugal, China and Italy
Available: Select Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom locations, Ben Lovell Shoes
Up next: Ryan Rowe hopes to bridge a gap in price point by offering additional lower-priced styles out of Portugal for fall ’09. Ringholz also hinted that an even sportier and greener collection than the main line could be on the horizon.
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