Corso Como is going designer. The brand, based in Campo Bom, Brazil, has teamed up with up-and-coming Brazilian designers Reinaldo Lourenço, Isabella Giobbi and Selmar Pereira for the spring ’10 launch of the Diamond collection. The collection features several looks by each designer, including Lourenço’s laser-cut patent flats and heels embellished with plastic fruit details (at left), Giobbi’s Brazilian stringray and salmon-skin pumps, and Pereira’s flats and heels inspired by Brazilian architecture. Styles are expected to retail between $295 and $380 at high-end boutiques and department stores.
80%20 designer Ce Ce Chin will introduce the Ce Ce Chin collection for spring ’10. Featured are leather, satin, pearlized leather and patent pumps and booties with lace detailing and bold hardware elements. According to Chin, the shoes are inspired by the Art Nouveau period as well as Coco Chanel’s early designs. In addition, various perfume bottles inspired the different heel shapes. Retailing from $175 to $275, the collection will be carried by specialty boutiques as well as retailers that currently sell the 80%20 line.
Two months after the launch of its men’s footwear collection, denim brand Robin’s Jean is adding a women’s line for spring ’10. The offering focuses on rock-inspired lambskin shoes, detailed with metallic uppers, fringe and studs. The shoes’ soles feature different patterns for each style. Slated to ship to boutiques and premium department stores in mid-October, the line will retail from $145 to $179.
Los Angeles-based Philip Simon Footwear Group, the company founded by Philip Chemla — who also produces the Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier footwear lines through his other firm, PSDI USA — signed a multiyear licensing agreement with the U.S. Army for fashion athletic footwear and bags. Philip Simon will design, manufacture and distribute the merchandise, which will debut for spring ’10. The line will represent the U.S. Army in a stylish way, said Chemla. The footwear lineup includes low-rise sneakers, combat boots and other classic athletic looks detailed with funky hardware. The shoes will retail from $20 to $80, with distribution focused on major department stores.