Buzz: Alejandro Ingelmo, French Sole & More

Feet Treat
Flip Flop Spa has created an at-home spa experience for the feet. Made by husband-and-wife co-founders Michele and Joe Candella, the complete foot-care treatment is built around a classic flip-flop. For $99, consumers receive a starter kit with a pair of flip-flops and three interchangeable pads: an abrasive one to exfoliate and clean the feet; an absorbent essential-oil pad to moisturize and soften; and a comfort pad to cushion the feet and keep them clean. All-natural essential oils and sprays are both included. Michele Candella, who came up with the idea, said she had become frustrated with the wear and tear on her feet after a day in flip-flops, and the system is meant to rejuvenate feet simply by walking in the sandals. Available for immediate delivery, the flip-flops are offered in three colorways, in sizes 6 to 10. Each set comes in a matching pouch, with replacement pads available for $7 each, and foot sprays and oils sold at $15 and $25 respectively.

Digital Designer

Alejandro Ingelmo launched e-commerce earlier this month. The site, Alejandroingelmo.com carries the designer’s entire range for both men and women, which retails for $350 to $1,100, with at least two exclusive styles each season. For example, the women’s Origami heel  and Crosby bootie have been remade in metallic gold just for the site. Ingelmo also plans to air a new video each season to provide an interactive experience. The current Web video features the designer sharing how his family roots have influenced his work. “The launch of the site is a welcome growth for my brand,” said the designer. “It will allow me to reach a wider international audience: men and women who may not be able to find my brand in their local markets.”

French Connection
French Sole is expanding Soleprints for spring ’12. The brand’s line of laminated collage ballet flats will be available on girls’ styles next year, featuring 200 different images. French Sole said the printed women’s flats have been growing rapidly since their spring ’11 launch and are now offered at Nordstrom and Macy’s, as well as in more than 20 countries. Made in Italy, the Soleprints kids’ collection will retail for $55 to $60 and be available at French Sole boutiques, with major retailers to follow.

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