Shop Talk: FlyingFlips Debuts… Ruti Hits Santa Monica

FlyingFlips Leaps Online
FlyingFlips on Tuesday took to the Web to launch its e-commerce site. The company hopes the site will spread its message of art and social giving through its FlipFlops for Good brand. The site allows artists and designers to submit their work, and then consumers vote on their favorite designs. The winning designs are then printed on flip-flops and sold. In addition, for each pair sold, a pair is donated to charity, through partner organizations such as Soles4Souls and Fundacion A. Jean Brugger, a nonprofit group based in Nicaragua. “Cracking open the first run of [FlipFlops for Good] symbolizes more than just getting product,” FlyingFlips founder Ivo Staiano said in a statement. “It means summer and adventure. It means we can start giving back and, most importantly, it represents a major milestone for the whole FlyingFlips team.”

Ruti Bows Third Store
Following successful store openings in Palo Alto, Calif., and San Francisco, Ruti is coming to Santa Monica, Calif. The store, which debuts on June 13, carries an assortment of apparel, footwear, bags and jewelry. Owned by stylist Ruti Zisser, the shop features Israeli designers, as well as established stateside brand names such as United Nude.

Sneaker Con Returns to NYC
After making stops in cities around the country, Sneaker Con is preparing to return to New York on June 30, at Baruch College in Manhattan. Organizers expect nearly 100 exhibitors and thousands of attendees to take part in the event that allows sneaker connoisseurs to buy, sell and trade footwear. Sneaker Con, the largest market of its kind, will cover 10,000 square feet of space. Tickets for the event are $15.

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