Buzz: Oliver Sweeney, Aigle, Oddball Shoe

Sweeney’s Startup
Oliver Sweeney recently unveiled its first line of women’s shoes. The collection of eight styles is inspired by signature looks from the classic British men’s collection with closer-fitting last shapes and lower profiles. The line, made in Italy, includes brogues, laceups, a court shoe and ankle and knee-high boots. The women’s range retails for 245 pounds to 595 pounds, or $382 to $927 at current exchange, in select Oliver Sweeney stores. Additionally, the Oliver Sweeney brand is now carried stateside at Nordstrom, and the brand is looking to boost its U.S. accounts throughout the spring ’12 season.

Rain Chasers
French rainboot maker Aigle, shown by CaliEagle in Dallas, is hitting the road for spring with a travel boot. The lightweight knee-high rubber style for women can be folded into a companion sack for ease of portability. Available in four colorways, the travel boots deliver in January, priced at $165 retail.

Odd Couple
Oddball Shoe, owned by brothers Seth and Zac Longaker, now offers tall apparel. The Portland, Ore., retailer, which has made a business of providing shoes up to size 20, unveiled its own line of Oddball Premium Tall Apparel, consisting of everything from sweatshirts to polos, on Nov. 1. The line is designed and manufactured in Portland in sizes LT through 4XLT. To accommodate the expanding inventory, Oddball recently doubled its space by moving to a 12,000-sq.-ft. location in northwest Portland. “We’re revolutionaries in the fight to bring style and fit to the tall men of the world,” Seth Longaker said in a written statement. “We think the new clothing line will appeal to everyday customers in search of stylish, well-fitting and budget-friendly apparel.”

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