Buzz: New & Lingwood, Beverly Feldman & More

New Guys
British label New & Lingwood will begin wholesaling its shoes in the U.S. for spring ’14. The company, founded in 1865, is the official clothier of Eton College and produces several footwear styles in collaboration with the British prep school. The main men’s shoe line is a full offering of dress and sport styles, including monk straps (below), wingtips, smoking slippers, loafers and sneakers. A smaller women’s collection features such menswear-inspired silhouettes as wingtip oxfords, loafers and formal slippers. New & Lingwood shoes, available in the U.S. through GMI USA Corp., retail for $350 to $850 and target top-tier retailers.

Name Game
Beverly Feldman is unleashing her alter ego. The designer will relaunch her formerly eponymous label under the name of her fictional protégé, Pinkie Madison, for spring ’14. “Pinkie has inherited all my talent, and [she is] starting off fresh,” Feldman said, adding that the design direction is moving toward a younger and more upbeat aesthetic. “Her creativity is in her genes,” Feldman said. The made-in-Spain collection of sandals, espadrilles, wedges and kitten heels starts at $350 retail and features bold prints and color combinations. Pinkie Madison debuted at Accessorie Circuit in New York last week.

Flipping Out
Jay Litvack will debut a higher-end flip-flop line, J/Slides by Jay Litvack, for spring ’14. The 15- to 20-SKU collection features embossed leathers in reptile and other prints on a new comfort-focused construction, with rubber soles and memory-foam insoles. Retailing for about $40 per pair, the flip-flops will be available year-round. “[J/Slides] provides contemporary women with a new look in a classic footwear category,” said the New York-based designer. The label is targeting boutiques as well as swim and surf shops.

Modern Vice has two additions to its growing roster of design partnerships. The brand teamed up with menswear label Cloth Surgeon to create a men’s python chukka boot, priced at $830. “It’s an amazing project that is going nuts for us,” said Modern Vice co-creative director Jordan Adoni, adding that hip-hop stars Swizz Beatz and Kendrick Lamar pre-ordered the style. Modern Vice has also joined forces with Brooklyn, N.Y.-based jewelry artist Andy Lifschutz to produce a women’s lambskin bootie (below), retailing for $650, featuring carved bronze and brass embellishments. Both collaborations, which are manufactured in New York, launched in July on Modern Vice’s e-commerce site and will hit outside retail accounts beginning this month. The label plans to continue both partnerships into future seasons.

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