Nina is headed down the aisle. The New York-based firm, which has built a name around its delicate and embellished dress heels, is launching an online bridal boutique featuring styles for every woman in the wedding party. “We are bringing attention to one of Nina’s core competencies,” said Scott Silverstein, CEO of Nina Footwear Corp. “We are highlighting some of our bestselling silhouettes and offering them as a collection for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and flower girls.” Styles sold at the Ninashoes.com Wedding Collection boutique, which was slated to be operational by the end of January, will retail for $83 to $93.
Sperry Top-Sider is spicing things up. The Lexington, Mass.-based boat shoe brand is looking beyond its handsewn heritage with the introduction of a line of heels for fall ’09. The debut offering includes loafers, booties, knee-high boots and wedges, priced between $110 and $225. Offered in a range of colors from burgundy to taupe and in suede and patent leathers, the collection will be available beginning midsummer at Sperrytopsider.com.
Opposites do attract, but are sometimes better left alone. Taking a cue from retailer feedback, Montreal-based Modern Vintage decided to split the brand into two separate lines — Modern and Vintage — starting for fall ’09. The Modern line will feature polished materials and sleek leathers with higher heels and a more fashion-forward edge, while Vintage will incorporate tumbled calf leathers, carved heels and intricate stitching and design elements. Both lines will retail for $240 to $425 and will have the same distribution as the Modern Vintage label.
Shoe designer Matt Bernson’s new jewelry line is going to the dogs. New York-based Bernson, whose made-in-Brazil strappy sandals have attracted a celebrity following, has pledged to donate 10 percent of sales from the fall ’09 debut of his jewelry collection to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The Matt Bernson Leather Goods collection features leather cuffs and bracelets adorned with two-tone leather, gold and black pyramid studs and lace-inspired cutouts. Set to retail for $44 to $71, the bracelets come in a drawstring bag and include a keychain with a profile view of Bernson’s own dog, Abraham.