Buzz: DSquared2, French Sole & More

Minimal Men
Richard Munguia likes a minimalist style. The former Nordstrom employee will launch Munguia, a five-style line of sleek men’s oxfords, derbys and ankle boots. The collection is all hand-assembled in León, Mexico, where the designer spent 11 months learning the footwear craft and selecting lasts from the 1950s and ’60s. Retail prices range from $119 to $149. An e-commerce site is in the works, and women’s and kids’ shoes could be offered later down the line.

Total Package

Pedro García will expand into handbags for the first time this fall, with three styles of tote bags and two evening clutches. All the items are made of leather and some include Swarovski crystals, shearling and velour. The handbags retail from $600 to $900 and will be available in August at Neiman Marcus and specialty boutiques. “Incorporating a bag collection into Pedro García is part of the natural development of the line,” the designer said. “It was the right moment to translate the design philosophy we have been applying to our Castoro shoe [style into a] bag collection — with raw edges, suede cowhide, unlined pieces and Velcro fastenings.”

Down the Aisle

French Sole is saying “I do” to bridal ballet flats this fall. A few pre-fall wedding styles debuted at the brand’s own boutiques earlier this month, but the full fall collection, done primarily in satin and glitter and retailing for about $200, will arrive at French Sole’s wholesale partners this summer. “French Sole has always wanted to do bridal shoes [and] we’ve had a couple of styles that brides would come in and buy for their wedding day,” said Randy Ochart, owner of French Sole Shoes Ltd. “That’s where the idea was born. [Brides] can kick off their heels, slip on a pair our flats and dance the night away.”

Bag Boom

DSquared2 will launch bags for fall ’12. The line, faithful to the brand’s “born in Canada, made in Italy” identity, consists of five men’s styles that each come in multiple versions. The Roger, available in shopper and duffle styles, is made of French tumbled leather in military green or black. The Dean, in shopper, bowling and duffle versions, is made in a suede/calf combination or a suede/calf/tweed combo. The John, in shopper (at left), messenger and backpack versions, are available in an oiled canvas-and-cowhide combination or in an oiled suede-and-cowhide combination. The Clayton duffle is inspired by the classic aviator jacket in washed leather. And the Wesley, a wide tartan messenger, is made from oiled cotton. The bags will be available for $795 to $1,295 at Saks Fifth Avenue, the brand’s retail locations and on Dsquared2.com.

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