>> Fine Shade
Makeup artist Sam Fine, who has a long list of celebrity clients, including Jennifer Hudson, Vanessa Williams and Queen Latifah, is applying his art to footwear. By combining efforts with the Cavage brand, Fine is releasing a collection of flats for fall. The Sam Fine by Cavage line comprises handmade shoes (manufactured in Brazil) in a variety of colors, such as Dirty Blue, Metal Old Silver and Soft Wine, all inspired by Fine’s favorite eye and lip shades. “I’m so excited to be able to bring the hottest shades in beauty to another essential accessory,” said Fine. “I love when fashion and beauty intersect.” The flats will retail for $260 at select boutiques. Kristen Henning
Move to the music with California Music Month, presented by K-Swiss Inc. The Westlake Village, Calif.-based company is honoring its home state with a series of online programs and a five-part video series, out this month. The brand explores some of the area’s best music, including classics from the 1960s to present day hits, featuring artists such as The Beach Boys, Guns N’ Roses, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day. The release comes simultaneously with the launch of the Vintage California sneaker (at left). To access the tunes, visit Kswiss.com or Rhino.com, where the site will host an Album of the Week interactive feature. K.H.
>> Rainbow Bright
Stockholm-based brand Swedish Hasbeens is taking a trip back to the 1970s with The Rainbow Boot Project. The company is releasing a line of boots for fall that feature a clog base, with the shaft lined in the vibrant colors of the rainbow. The limited-edition collection will retail for $849 and will be available in all sizes for both men and women. The boots will first appear on Endless.com to kick off the launch, but the company plans to distribute them at additional retailers and Websites through the holiday season. All proceeds will go to a soon-to-be-named non-profit gay and lesbian pride organization. K.H.
>> AIR UP THERE
Geox is playing up the green factor at its latest store opening in Milan. The design concept for the shop focuses on “breathability” and uses a panel system to allow for better air ventilation and, in turn, use less energy and electricity. The building in Via Torino houses two floors, plus the basement level, and features a new interior look. While the brand’s stores are normally lined with dark walls and black shelves, this location has a more boutique feel, with white and light wood elements, giving the space a brighter atmosphere. The new technology is expected to roll out in Rome and Toronto, and in New York later this spring. K.H.