Men’s Buzz: Jimmy Choo, United Nude & More

London Love
Jimmy Choo is showing a little hometown pride with its decision to take part in London Collections: Men in June. The luxury label, which has held its seasonal presentations in Milan since the launch of the men’s category in 2011, will now show in London instead. “It’s exciting to be showing our men’s collection [here]. London is at the creative heart of Jimmy Choo,” said Sandra Choi, creative director of the brand. Choi added that the timing felt right with the label’s new men’s store opening last week on Dover Street in Mayfair (above). The boutique replaces Jimmy Choo’s men’s store in the Burlington Arcade. The new 1,200-sq.-ft. location features two floors of men’s shoes, bags, belts, scarves and small leather goods.

Off the Cuff

Men’s accessory label Hook & Albert will add a new category to its growing list that already includes dress socks, shoelaces, lapel flowers, elbow patches and ties. For fall ’13, the 2-year-old company will debut monkey’s fist knot cufflinks, featuring a toggle stretch cord backing for ease of insertion. The cufflinks, which retail for $35, come in leather and a variety of mixed and solid colors.

Nude Study

United Nude expands its men’s footwear range for fall ’13 with the introduction of the FLX, an outsole engineered by the brand. Four new looks — a combat boot, chukka boot (below), derby and loafer — retailing for $219 to $325, combine the comfort of the rubber sole with the modernity created by designer Rem D. Koolhaas and his team. They will be available at United Nude retail locations and specialty boutiques nationwide, including Atrium in New York, and Joan Shepp in Philadelphia.

Cool Collab

Fratelli Rossetti has teamed up with Alton Lane, purveyor of custom suits, blazers and shirts, to create five exclusive footwear styles for fall ’13. The looks — a monk strap, cap toe, laceup, double monk (above) and chukka boot — will be produced in special colors and retail for $300 to $720. “We wanted to offer our customers a great quality shoe to wear with our custom suits,” said Seth Howard, style director at Alton Lane. “With most of our premium fabrics being milled in Italy, Fratelli Rossetti made perfect sense as a partner. Its styles are classic, beautifully constructed and something we know our customers are going to love.” The shoes will be available at the end of July.

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