Buzz: Aussie Dogs, Butler Boot & More

Youth Culture
For fall ’13, sheepskin brand Aussie Dogs will introduce a collection of more moderately priced looks targeted to the tween and juniors’ markets. Retailing from $47 to $90, the San Clemente, Calif.-based line includes outdoor-inspired casual and trend-driven boots, slippers and moccasins, done in combinations of sheepskin, cow suede and merino wool. Removable sheepskin footbeds offer added warmth. The line delivers in August to footwear chains, independents and department stores.

Puddle Proof
Butler Boot has kids covered with its new line of overboots, an updated take on classic galoshes. The lightweight pull-on boots are designed to stretch and fit comfortably over kids’ sneakers and shoes to keep their feet dry in wet weather. Suitable for all seasons, the boots, available in youth sizes 8 to 3, feature an oversized strap for a more secure fit and slip-resistant bottoms. Kids can choose from an array of colors, including navy, red, yellow, pink and teal. Priced at $50 a pair, the boots will begin shipping in August to department and specialty stores including Stride Rite. St. Louis-based Trimfoot Co. has been tapped to handle sales and distribution of the line within the U.S. and Canada.

Making Change
Texas-based designer Lisa LeCroy will launch her eponymous women’s line at FN Platform this week. The collection comprises 16 styles of booties that can be worn alone or transformed into taller boots with 36 interchangeable uppers in everything from fur to studded leather. “The collection was designed to fulfill [a] desire for fashion and function in the footwear arena,” LeCroy said of the looks, which start at $265 for the booties and $145 for the uppers. “[It is] for the multifaceted lifestyle of today’s modern woman.” The label is targeting both major department stores and boutiques.

Bag It
Claudi Ciuti is partnering with New York-based Fabrizio Accessories LLC to bring handbags back to the mix for fall ’13. The Manhattan-based label formerly offered handbags but nixed that category in 2010 due to economic challenges. “We had to drop the idea because it was impossible for our clients to sell the handbags at the price points [required for Italian production],” said President Roberto Angiolucci. “We realized the only way to have handbags was to produce them outside Italy.” Under the new partnership, the 40-style collection, which will debut at FN Platform, will be manufactured in China and sell for $125 to $325.

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