Buzz: Shipley & Halmos, Glory Chen & More

Socks Rock
A season after debuting men’s shoes, Shipley & Halmos is unveiling a line of men’s socks for spring ’12. The label offers four different patterns in a variety of colors. Made in Peru using pima cotton and spandex, the socks retail for $30 a pair and will be sold in Barneys, Bird in Brooklyn, N.Y., Confederacy in Los Angeles and on Shipley & Halmos’ newly launched e-commerce site.

Tall Order

David Siskin is making a comfort stand this spring. The footwear veteran, who recently had knee surgery, found he was in less agony when standing than when sitting. To make working on his feet pain-free, he and sons Matthew and Jared created Giraffe Desk, with products ranging from desk extensions to footwear. Siskin developed a series of soft, flexible shoes with a minimalist feel. The women’s line of Giraffe Walk shoes features unlined woven uppers handmade in India. The uppers are then hand-stitched to Italian leather soles in a Queens, N.Y., shoe repair and design facility. Available for delivery in six weeks, the collection retails for $250 and is distributed through Parlor in New York. Companion men’s looks, retailing for less than $300, will launch in February.

Recapturing Glory
Joy Chen is relaunching her namesake and Glory Chen shoe lines for wholesale this spring. Since 2008, Chen has been selling the brands exclusively in her San Francisco and New York stores. The two lines continue to incorporate Chen’s signature comfort elements, including cushioned footbeds and unit-bottom outsoles on flats to high-heel platforms. The higher-end Glory Chen dress and evening looks (below), retail from $680 to $1,280 and feature luxe details including Swarovski crystals and organza.The more mainstream Joy Chen line, retailing from $158 to $328, focuses on novelty materials on sandals and open-toe booties. Both collections are set to deliver in February.

Finding Happiness

Five-year-old Italian brand Happiness Is a $10 Tee, known in Europe for its quirky rock ’n’ roll-inspired apparel, is looking to expand in the U.S. And as part of the effort, the company has added footwear to the mix. Happiness Shoes, whose spring collection includes 12 women’s styles, 10 men’s styles and two kids’ looks, debuted at Sole Commerce in New York and Micam in Milan last month. The printed ballet flats, vintage-inspired oxfords and embroidered loafers, priced around $80, have been well received by East Coast buyers, said Happiness owner Michael Scarpellini. The brand is available at limited retailers in the U.S., including Fred Segal in Santa Monica, Calif., and My Closet Italia in Los Angeles.

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