Man Repeller Collaborates with Del Toro

The Man Repeller is attracting collaborators, including emerging brand Del Toro Shoes.

Leandra Medine, the fashion writer behind the Man Repeller blog, has teamed up with other labels, including Gryphon, for which she recently created a trench coat, but the limited-edition smoking slipper with Del Toro is her only footwear collab so far.

“This is [my] first for feet,” Medine said in an email to Footwear News from Paris, where she had just arrived after hitting the runway shows in New York. “I like to call myself a shoe collector, so I would love to continue and seek out more opportunities in the fabulous world of footwear.”

The Man Repeller collaboration is the Miami-based Del Toro brand’s second for women’s footwear. It also worked with Tibi for three fall ’11 black velvet slippers embroidered with cats and aliens, retailing at $365 per pair.

Del Toro, founded in 2006 by childhood friends Matthew Chevallard, Nathanial Wish and James Bohannon, started with a focus on men’s but recently has branched out into women’s footwear.

Del Toro President Chevallard said the company also moved its production from Spain to Italy and began wholesale six months ago, allowing the label to expand both its styles and retail reach. Del Toro is now available at several independent retailers, along with high-end boutiques such as Scoop and American Rag, and the brand will soon be offered on Saks Fifth Avenue’s website, said Chevalard.

The $325 Del Toro by Man Repeller style, however, will be available in very limited quantities — only 50 pairs — and will be offered solely through Del Toro’s website, starting on Nov. 15.

Medine described the style as “a basic loafer with metallic flamingos on them. I am known to call my readers ‘fancy flamingos,’ so the design seemed appropriate. They are totally rad.”

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