Buzz: Gerry Weber, La Canadienne & More

Total Dressing
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.

Greener Pastures

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.

Holding Pattern
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.

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