First Look at Kari Sigerson’s New Brand, Alumnae

Alumnae Resort '16 Shoes
Alumnae resort '16.
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Kari Sigerson is back in action. The Sigerson Morrison co-founder has partnered with Eliza Axelson-Chidsey, who has worked with Sigerson Morrison, Shinola and Steve Madden, to launch a new women’s shoe brand called Alumnae.

Sigerson, who launched Sigerson Morrison with Miranda Morrison in 1991, sold the brand to Marc Fisher in 2006. The duo left Marc Fisher a few years later and a legal dispute followed.

Sigerson said now is the time to make her return.

“It’s always liberating to start something new when you know that you have all your ducks in a row and when you’ve done your homework,” Sigerson said. “It’s a special opportunity to be working with the right people on the right product at the right time. It feels natural.”

Alumnae Resort '16 Shoes Alumnae resort ’16. Courtesy of brand.

The collection, which launches for spring ’16, plays up textured neutrals and Italian craftmanship. Flats play prominently into the assortment. It will be sold at The News showroom.

 “It’s time for a new, fresh, clean label,” she continued. “There is a customer that is being underserved. She understands style, subtle details and enduring quality.”

Alumnae Resort '16 Shoes Alumnae resort ’16. Courtesy of brand.

Sigerson said she’s most excited to work with factories in Italy who are dedicated to crafting the perfect shoe. “They obsess over detail and quality as much as Eliza and I do,” the designer said. “Our shoes whisper more than those out there that scream, so their intelligent hands are invaluable.”

Alumnae Resort '16 Shoes Alumnae resort ’16. Courtesy of brand.