Matt Bernson added leather belts to his mix. The designer, who already offers a variety of accessories, incorporated his own belts in his brand’s Manhattan boutique. The offering, which sells for $57 to $75, will also be available on Bernson’s e-commerce site in early April, with wholesale to follow. “We decide on [new] product categories when we have an inspirational idea that is different from what we [already] see in the marketplace,” Bernson said. “We used some great hardware on ankle straps and the idea just clicked. All the ladies in my studio wanted them as belts, so we just made it happen.”
Jeffrey Campbell and Ashburyskies.com are tying the knot. The Los Angeles-based label and San Francisco-based e-tailer Tuesday launched Cold Feet, a capsule collaboration aimed at alternative brides. The nine styles, all Ashbury Skies exclusives, retail for $89 to $229. Looks range from such demure silhouettes as a slingback kitten heel to more fashion-forward concepts such as a leather platform bootie with crochet detailing and a towering 6.5-inch heel. “More and more brides want to express their personal styles on their wedding days,” Ashbury Skies co-founder Mary Sue Papale said in a statement. “With Jeff’s street sensibilities, we knew this collaboration would hit refresh in this category.”
Ivy Kirzhner’s eponymous women’s line is now online, thanks to a branded e-commerce store that launched this month. Touted as a pop-up Web boutique, the site features Kirzhner’s entire spring ’13 offering, retailing from $325 to $695, as well as exclusive limited-edition styles and colorways. While the shop will sell product only through June, it will remain active afterward, serving as a brand website with lookbooks and occasional exclusive shopping opportunities. “The development of a collection each season is quite a special journey,” Kirznher told Footwear News. “I wanted to convey it in a sleek, visual narrative on a curatorial platform, combined with a Web experience that is user-friendly, clean, effortlessly chic and strictly focused on the details and value of the hand-work put into our product — all gimmicks put aside.”
Spanish label Buffalo Shoes and Portland, Ore.-based indie boutique Solestruck have teamed up to grab the fashion sneaker trend by the horns. Their So Happy Together collaboration features men’s and women’s flatform high-tops and low-tops in a variety of prints, color combos and metallics. The spring collection, which hit Solestruck’s brick-and-mortar and e-commerce stores this month, retails from $195 to $275. And the partnership will continue into future seasons, according to Solestruck’s brand and creative director, Ty McBride. “We love bringing hard-to-find shoes, collabs and exclusives to the market,” he added, noting that additional partnerships are in store for 2013.