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Buzz: Pomme D’Or, Cri de Coeur & More

Italian Fare
Italian fashion-comfort brand Pomme D’Or makes its U.S. debut this spring, distributed through Wakefield, Mass.-based Cordani. Included in the contemporary collection are sachetto construction ballet flats, pumps and wedges, all incorporating cushioned footbeds. Retailing from $325 to $600, the line is slated for February delivery at department stores and independents.

Well Minded
Swiss wellness brand Swissies is set to launch its men’s and women’s lines in the U.S. for spring ’13. (The label previously debuted its children’s collection here for spring ’12.) Founded by Michael Garzon, a former principal and partner of MBT, the series of casuals, sandals and athletic-inspired looks is built around a proprietary sole technology. Cushioned insoles and midsoles are layered over lightweight unit bottoms that have a gently rounded silhouette to promote a natural gait. Also in the spring ’13 collection are new dress styles for men and women featuring refined leather outsoles. Targeted to better independents and department stores, the brand will deliver in February with retail prices of $55 to $70 for children’s; $115 to $160 for women’s (above); and $120 to $275 for men’s.

Natural Instincts

The comfort market gets a bit greener this spring with the launch of Plano, Texas-based iEpic, a collection of eco-friendly fabric looks. Founder Kate Lan, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate with a background in logistics management, said she took a simple approach to design, which inspired the brand’s name: the I is for “iconic,” while Epic means “monumental.” The men’s and women’s casuals and athletic-inspired styles feature uppers and cushioned footbeds made of cotton. The fabric aims to keep feet cool and dry even when the shoes are worn sockless. All outsoles are crafted using a blend of cotton and other fibers for added durability. Targeted to independents, department stores and catalogs, the line delivers in January. Retail prices range from $25 to $60.

Heart of Stone

Cri de Coeur is going for gold — without the gold. The vegan footwear label collaborated with jewelry designer Andy Lifschutz to create a sustainable jewelry collection from recycled metals, reclaimed bronze and ethically sourced black onyx. The made-in-New York jewelry will hit retail in October. Price points range from $70 to $336. “We are planning to take the term eco-friendly and sustainable jewelry to the next level with this collaboration,” said Cri de Coeur co-founder and designer Julie Dicterow. “We wanted to create a collection that is handmade locally but [has] a luxurious feel.”

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