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Legwear Buzz: Hue, Kentwool & More

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Hosiery brands Hue and Emilio Cavallini have teamed up for a spring ’13 collaboration. Cavallini for Hue features footless tights, which retail for $34 each, and leggings, for $40. The looks will be available in both sheer and openwork patterns in black, white and an array of bold colors such as royal blue and fuchsia, with special packaging featuring style-specific illustrations in metallic ink. “We’ve been friendly with Emilio Cavallini for several years and have an inordinate amount of respect for him as a designer and innovator, as well as his brand and technology,”said Catrinel Popa, Hue’s VP of design. “It was natural for us to collaborate.”The collection will be available in February at department stores including Nordstrom and Macy’s.

Socks Season

Jay McCarroll, season one winner of “Project Runway,”has been designing ready-to-wear for years, but now he’s stepping into a new category: socks. The vibrantly hued, unisex pairs come in seven designs and four colorways, with patterns including dots, stripes and geometric prints. One style coordinates with the Miami print from McCarroll’s Center City home fabric collection. “I’ve always worn fun socks,”the designer said, “and I have such a specific [ready-to-wear] customer that I wanted to design something everybody could wear — men, women, big, small. Everyone can wear socks. They’re universal.”The socks will retail for $10 per pair. They will be available starting in October at Outrageous accessory boutique in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., as well as McCarroll’s e-commerce site. The brand also is targeting department stores and additional independents.

Trail Run

Darn Tough Vermont is going running. The brand will launch a small offering of run/bike socks called Light Cushion. The two styles — no-show and quarter length — use lightweight merino wool yarns and feature high-density cushioning, elastic arch supports and open-mesh knitting as a function for more air circulation. The spring ’13 looks will retail for $14 and $17 at specialty outdoor retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

Hole in One

Domestic sock manufacturer Kentwool, of Greenville, S.C., is expanding its offering with the launch of 19th Hole, a series of unisex styles aimed at the lifestyle market. Inspired by the performance golf socks under the Kentwool Tour label, the new comfort-driven collection is made using superfine merino wool, nylon and spandex, and features cushioned footbeds. Targeted to retailers that include specialty stores and golf pro shops, the patterned and solid looks retail for $28. The line is available for immediate delivery.

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