Buzz: The Sak, Scott James & Base London

Expansion Project
The Sak brand, which launched footwear for spring ’12, will introduce boots, booties, clogs and slippers for its second season. The line also will expand on successful spring styles, including boat shoes, drivers, wedges and ballet flats. Mark Talucci, co-founder and CEO of The Sak Brand Group, described the shoes as relaxed and casual. “The fall ’12 footwear collection uses distinct design elements and materials that exude our brand karma as a ‘house of texture,’” he said. The line retails from $59 to $189 and is carried at Dillard’s and other retailers.

Pairing Off
Upscale ready-to-wear men’s label Scott James, recognized for its blend of classic European and American styling, will make a move into footwear this fall. Designed by company founder Scott James Kuhlman, the shoe line focuses on traditional silhouettes interpreted in a range of colors. “The collection started off with three shapes that every man needs in his wardrobe — the classic loafer, short boot and lace boot,” said Kuhlman. “Consistent with ‘Ameripean’ style, color is what makes the shoes special.” Each look comes in five colors, all with a signature orange sole. The line will retail for $185 to $225, and distribution is targeted to high-end specialty stores. (The shoes also will be carried in the Scott James store in Boston.) Delivery is slated for July. In addition, the New York-based brand is introducing a companion sock collection, priced at $20 a pair. Included are a cotton-blend basic and a rag-wool blend, both available in a range of colors.

Brit Style

British men’s brand Base London is making its way to North America this fall. Distributed through Throat Threads in Burlington, Ontario, the line of contemporary shoes includes a range of vintage-inspired boots, dress brogues and sneakers. Set to retail from $150 to $250, the collection will be targeted to department stores and independents in the U.S. and Canada. Delivery is slated for August. Base London launched in 1995 and is currently distributed in Europe. Designer Antoine Delapierre will be on hand when the brand shows at FN Platform this week.

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