Buzz: Cordani, LVL XIII, Ruthie Davis & More

Bag It
Wakefield, Mass.-based Cordani will introduce a line of companion bags based on materials from the brand’s shoes for spring ’14. The bags will focus on cork to coordinate with a collection of cork-bottom footwear. Included in the initial offering is a tote, retailing for $288, and a cross-body style that converts to a clutch (above), for $225. Produced in the U.S., both items will be detailed with matching leather colors used in the footwear. Set for February delivery, the bags are targeted to Cordani’s independent store distribution.

Sneaker Lounge

LVL XIII, a high-end sneaker collection headed by author and entrepreneur Antonio Brown, launches for spring ’14. The label, pronounced “Level 13,” features a range of high-top looks in premium materials such as stingray and pony hair. Only 3,000 pairs will be made for the first season. All shoes feature elastic straps on the inside to grip the foot and provide extra comfort. “My mission is to bring a new vision of creativity and design by introducing LVL XIII to the world,” said Brown, CEO and founder. “With LVL XIII being a luxury fashion design house based in New York, we are making sure we provide innovative designs that push the boundaries and perception on artistry within the fashion industry.” The sneakers retail from $550 to $1,200 and will deliver in July.

Home Base
Pretty You, a new London-based collection of women’s slippers, debuts in the U.S. for spring ’14. The girlie looks include ballet styles, booties and slides, all detailed with novelty touches such as glitter, bows and lace. For added comfort, the slippers feature cushioned footbeds. Retailing from $25 to $50, the line is distributed from the label’s U.S. base in Aventura, Fla., and is set to deliver in February to independents.

The Whole Package
Slated to hit stores this month, in time for resort season, Ruthie Davis’ retooled shoebox is a new take on an old favorite. “I took my original box artwork from when I launched and revamped it,” Davis said. “I included images that, at that time, were important to me and remain [important] today: a girl in New York City, diamonds, a clutch and my [dog], Desert, along with my trademark architectural heel, which I also reimagined for my 2014 collections.” Other product initiatives for next year include a women’s footwear collaboration with fashion label Duckie Brown. Although the designer declined to reveal further details, she said the capsule collection will debut during New York Fashion Week in February as part of Duckie Brown’s first women’s apparel presentation.

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