Buzz: Havaianas, Palladium & More

Rain Ready
Havaianas is branching out from the beach. The Brazil-based footwear firm, known for its colorful line of flip-flops, will launch rainboots for fall ’14. The styles, in women’s and children’s sizes, are made of high-quality rubber with a soft cotton lining and feature signature brand elements, such as the key pattern and logo used on the flip-flops. In addition, a special brick pattern on the sole prevents slippage. Prices for the collection range from $80 to $95 for women’s, and $45 to $50 for children’s. The line will be available starting in October at Havaianas stores and key retail accounts, as well as online at Havaianas.com.

In Flight
Westlake Village, Calif.-based Palladium has teamed up with military outerwear brand Alpha Industries for a fall capsule collection inspired by its shared heritage in the military and aviation fields. The collection features two unisex styles — the Pampa Hi Zip MA-1 boot and Baggy Zip MA-1 (above) — both detailed in Alpha’s signature nylon fabric in a range of colors and orange linings. To coordinate with the shoes, a slim-fit interpretation of Alpha’s signature MA-1 flight jacket incorporates all shades of nylon used in the boots. The shoes retail from $75 to $90, with the jacket priced at $175. Delivery for the series is slated for August/September through Palladium flagship stores, select specialty retailers and online at Palladiumboots.com and Alphaindustries.com.

Lemon Twist
After 40 years of manufacturing footwear components, molded footwear and occupational footwear, Procalçado has moved into the lifestyle arena with the launch of Lemon Jelly, a women’s collection of injection-molded footwear meant for rainy weather. The Pedroso, Portugal-based company will debut its series of novelty looks in the U.S. for fall ’14. All footwear smells of sweet lemon jelly. Retailing for $90 to $250, the line will deliver to a variety of accounts in July.

Portuguese Fare
Lake Oswego, Ore.-based European Designs will round out its offering of Portuguese brands Fidji and Lirio with the addition of Coqueterra for fall. The new men’s and women’s contemporary fashion collection includes sandals, boots and shoes with comfort features such as padded insoles and rubber bottoms. Retailing from $185 to $230, the line will deliver in September to independents and boutiques.

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