Men’s Buzz: J.Artola, Yigal Azrouel, Nico Nerini

Bag Time
J.Artola is branching out. The men’s shoe brand, which launched for fall ’10, is debuting a small collection of bags and wallets, with further expansion set for spring ’11. At the start, the line will comprise two bags — a large weekender and a messenger style, both for $395 — and two wallets, including a bi-fold classic style for $60 and a card case for $45. All the styles are available in dark brown and antiqued black. The collection will first be available at Nos boutique in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then other retailers that already carry the shoes, such as Amazon.com.

New Shoes
On top of his women’s footwear launch for spring ’11, Yigal Azrouël is debuting two men’s styles for the same season. The shoes, a distressed military boot and sandal, are made in Italy. For now, just the boot will be available at Azrouël’s New York store, for $795.

U.S. Bound
Nico Nerini is headed to the U.S. The three-decades-old company, which was founded in Italy and now manufactures out of India, offers a large line of men’s dress shoes — including leather-lined wingtips, cap-toes, monk straps and tassel shoes — and hand-stitched moccasins. Dress shoes retail for $130 to $150, and moccasins cost about $125. The company is targeting better independents.

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