Buzz: Grenson, Armando Cabral & More

Bagging It
Grenson is debuting bags. The U.K.-based brand will introduce four styles: a five-day (below), two-day, one-day and a tote. A wallet and card carrier are also included in the offering. The bags are made from canvas, chocolate-brown suede, cognac calf grain leather, black smooth calf grain and an electric blue calf. They are styled with details to match the Grenson shoe collection, such as zip pulls and leather corners that feature gimped edges and brogue punching. The range is made in a small collective of handmade factories in the Andalucían hills of Spain. Prices start at 385 pounds, or $615 at current exchange, for the tote and go up to 685 pounds, or $1,095, for the five-day bag. Delivery is set for December.

Female Friendly
Armando Cabral, who launched men’s footwear in 2009, will debut women’s looks for spring ’13. The collection of four styles: a woven ballet flat, an oxford, a rubber-sole laceup and a sandal, all in multiple colorways. “I wanted to do amazing menswear [looks] for women,” said the designer. “Women always look amazing in men’s shoes, and I felt there was a need to have a brand that really follows that — obviously, with a little more femininity.” The women’s line has been picked up by Steven Alan in the U.S., as well as several accounts abroad, and will sell for $350 to $500.

Mo Better

Hook & Albert has created two limited-edition dress socks in support of Movember, the global men’s health charity that encourages men to grow moustaches in November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. The Movember socks are made with the brand’s pima cotton, specialized arch supports, hand-linked toes and contoured Y-stitched heels, in bright colors and with humorous moustache designs. The socks are featured on Movember.com and available for purchase for $30 on Hookandalbert.com, as well as in more than 25 Nordstrom doors nationwide. Proceeds from every purchase will benefit Movember’s health partners: The Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Love Rules

The idea for Leather Love, a luxury leather-care line, was born when former Harrods buyer Jovanka Novkovic Davies got caught in a London downpour with her favorite designer handbag. The experience prompted Davies, along with husband and brand designer Michael Davies and entrepreneur Shariffa Nisa Rashid, to create a full range of products designed to remove stains, restore softness, condition and add shine to luxe leathers. “[Working for Harrods], people were constantly asking me how to clean and condition their leather goods, and I realized there was a need for luxury-focused cleaning and nourishing products,” Davies said. The Italian-made product line retails from $25 for a 50-milliliter container of polishing cream to $95 for a full shoe-care kit and is sold at Harrods, Liberty and Browns in London, as well as Deuxième Classe in Japan and Excelsior in Milan, among others.

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