Buzz: Micro-Pak, English Laundry, Bionda Castana & More

Registration Station
Hong Kong-based supplier of anti-mold packaging supplies Micro-Pak Ltd. has registered its Enhanced Packaging Stickers and PE Sheets with the Environmental Protection Agency. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, all anti-mold products distributed in the U.S., including those that are included with packaged products, must be registered with the EPA. The registration process, which the company estimates took more than two years to complete, mandated that the product meet chemistry, performance and efficacy data requirements. Antifungal and antimicrobial products not registered with the EPA are subject to fines and other sanctions for noncompliance with FIFRA.

Clothing Connection

New York-based Eastman Group licensed the English Laundry men’s lifestyle label for a fall ’13 collection of companion footwear. The line includes casual and dress looks such as boots, wingtips (above) and sneakers. Retailing from $80 to $130, the styles are targeted to department stores, independents, footwear chains and e-tailers. Delivery is slated for July.

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Bionda Castana co-founders Jennifer Portman and Natalia Barbieri have teamed up with friend and fellow designer Nadja Solovieva and her London-based apparel label, Vassilisa (best known for its printed scarves and other textiles), to create a four-style footwear collection for fall ’13. The flats, peep-toe sandals and stilettos (at left) feature navy, emerald and scarlet silk with floral and jewel patterns courtesy of Vassilisa. Priced from $545 to $645, the capsule collection will retail exclusively at Joseph boutiques and on Bionda Castana’s e-commerce site, which is set to launch in early May. Barbieri said she had wanted to work with Solovieva since the two met in New York in 2007. “[Nadja] is a true artist,” she added. “It wasn’t a matter of how we would collaborate; it was a matter of when.”

Working It
German workboot brand Footguard Safety makes its U.S. debut for fall with a series of athletic- and hiking-inspired boots and shoes (above). The collection features steel and composite toes, mesh and leather uppers and waterproofing. Sold through Tucker, Ga.-based PSS Distribution, the value-priced line retails from $85 to $100 and is set to deliver in August. The looks are targeted to safety footwear stores, independents and specialty shoe chains.

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