Under a licensing agreement with Josef Seibel Group, Gerry Weber is adding footwear to its mix for fall ’13. The German women’s lifestyle brand will offer fashion looks including career-oriented pumps and boots, retailing for $160 to $275. The label has a global presence with more than 750 branded stores in addition to wholesale accounts. Salem, Ore.-based Josef Seibel will distribute the Gerry Weber line, which is slated to deliver in September to independents and department stores.
Spanish brand Econfort launches for fall ’13 with a collection of sustainable, colorful, indoor-outdoor looks for women. The shoes feature uppers made of biodegradable and hypoallergenic wool, or polyester made from recycled PET bottles. The cushioned anatomically designed insoles are made of fabric-covered polyurethane foam infused with a long-lasting eucalyptus scent. The anti-slip outsoles feature a layer of high-density recycled polyurethane foam layered over recycled carbon for insulation. In addition, the shoes are stitched together without the use of adhesives. Distributed by Marana, Ariz.-based Casitas Footwear, the line retails from $50 to $80 and is targeted to comfort independents and boutiques. Delivery is slated for August.
Weather or Not
La Canadienne looks beyond boots for fall ’13. The Montreal-based women’s label, which has previously focused on cold-weather product, added three styles of menswear-inspired, tailored oxfords to the mix. “It was a natural transition from boots to shoes,” said La Canadienne owner Penny Shuster. “Weather patterns are changing, and we wanted to introduce a weatherproof shoe collection that can be worn throughout the year.” The leather-lined styles retail for $295 and will hit stores in July.
Aquatalia Group adds its first full collection of handbags for fall ’13. The company, comprising footwear brands Aquatalia and Marvin K., tested a few clutches in spring and this season created a new label, Rena for Marvin K., for the expanded offerings. The seven made-in-Italy styles feature such details as detachable straps, studs, snakeskin and color-blocking. They are designed to coordinate with Marvin K. shoes, which debuted for spring ’13. “Building on the success of the Marvin K. launch, we’ve pinpointed a market niche for stylish, competitively priced handbags,” said Aquatalia Group COO and fashion director Rena Krasnow, who designed the clutch range. The new looks retail for $450 and will wholesale in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada, as well as on Aquatalia’s new e-commerce site.