Buzz: Art, Le Chameau, Koolaburra & More

Art Class
The art and accessories worlds merge this fall with the launch of two slipper and glove collections that feature artwork from masters such as Van Gogh and Klimt, as well as today’s emerging talent. The offerings — named Icon for Smartdogs and Icon for Grandoe — are a collaboration between Palm Springs, Calif.-based Icon Shoes, known for its art-inspired footwear and accessories, and Gloversville, N.Y.-based Grandoe Corp., a manufacturer of slippers and gloves. Icon for Smartdogs, consisting of four slipper patterns, retails for $80 to $100; and the Icon for Grandoe glove collection will sell for $86 to $130. Delivering in August, the lines are targeted to high-end independents and department stores.

Water Works

French rubber bootmaker Le Chameau is partnering with Seattle-based outdoor brand Filson on a capsule collection for fall ’12. The series, available for $198 to $235, features two men’s and one women’s style (pictured), each marrying Le Chameau’s silhouettes and materials with Filson’s iconic fabrics such as tin cloth, a water-repellent oiled cotton. In addition, two companion bags — Filson’s field bag in tin cloth, wool and rubber; and a tote in tin cloth and rubber — will retail for $190 and $365, respectively. Sold through Baton Rouge, La.-based Lipsey’s Distribution, the range will deliver in August to retailers including Filson, Zappos.com and outdoor and specialty stores.

Artistic Endeavors

Consumers can express their artistic sides this fall with the launch of a customizable collection from Art. An accessories kit featuring colorful beaded necklaces, scarves, charms and straps will allow women to decorate comfort-driven boots from Art, or a style they already own. In addition, a selection of styles will come pre-decorated. The collection, distributed by Sole Mio, based in Mississauga, Ontario, will deliver in July. The offering includes a small accessories kit retailing for $24; a large one for $45; decorated boots at $300 to $350; and plain styles for $275 to $300.

Weather Tamers

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Koolaburra will debut a series of waterproof shearling and faux-shearling boots this fall. The Waterproof Classics collection is equipped with a special barrier that protects the wearer from wetness above the ankle, and there is a molded rubber welt that prevents water absorption between the outsole and the upper. The three-pattern series features water-resistant suede and polyurethane-coated leather uppers that prevent staining. Included in the offering are 5- and 9-inch styles, as well as one with a ribbed rubber toecap. Set to deliver in August, the line retails for $179 for genuine shearling looks, and $99 for faux styles. The collection is targeted to shoe stores and better department stores.

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