Buzz: Fossil, Hunter & More

Hands On
Richardson, Texas-based Fossil is getting crafty this fall with the addition of a premium line of men’s styles handcrafted in the U.S. The limited-edition collection focuses on modern takes on classic looks. Included in the five-pattern series are miner, hiker and motorcycle boots. Set to deliver in August, the line retails for $250 to $300. The shoes will be carried at Fossil stores and select retailers.

Cozying Up

Women’s ready-to-wear brand Kat Von D Los Angeles is expanding its offering for fall ’12 with companion boot collections. The West Palm Beach, Fla.-based company, which launched apparel in fall ’11 under the higher-end Kat Von D White Label and moderately-priced KVD Red Label, is now putting the focus on footwear with novelty shearling and wool boots detailed with fringes, appliqués and studs. Double-faced shearling boots, which coordinate with the Kat Von D White Label, retail from $300 to $500. The Red Label footwear will feature wool product priced from $90 to $160. Aimed at independents, department stores and boutiques, the boots will deliver in June.

Lights On

Canton, Mass.-based Rockport is introducing its lightest shoes to date with the spring ’12 launch of TruWalk Zero. The series of sporty looks feature the brand’s TruWalk Architecture, a proprietary technology that incorporates parent company Adidas’ Adiprene cushioning system for shock absorption. Uppers are made of synthetic mesh that wicks away moisture, while EVA outsoles designed with flex grooves are said to reduce leg and foot fatigue. The debut collection will include two styles for men and one for women. Retailing for $120, the shoes deliver in April to Rockport stores and select independents.

Joint Forces
Hunter Boot is teaming up with home décor icon MacKenzie-Childs this spring. The classic Hunter wellie is outfitted in the brand’s “courtly check” pattern and will retail for $195 at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and MacKenzie-Childs stores. The collaboration was started when the home décor label sought out Hunter to create a gardening boot for its loyal clientele. “We are always looking to partner with brands that share our sense of style, fun and functionality,” said Wendy Svarre, president of Hunter Boot USA. “Like Hunter, MacKenzie-Childs is a brand with a strong sense of heritage and a love of the country lifestyle, so there is natural link between our aesthetics.” Added Rebecca Proctor, creative director of MacKenzie-Childs, “We look forward to seeing Hunter’s Wellington boots patterned with our courtly check splashing between farm fields in Aurora, N.Y., and big-city puddles all around the world.”

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