Patrick Cox is looking to make another comeback.
The British designer will unveil Lathbridge, a collection of men’s and women’s looks, during the Paris men’s collections next week. The name of the line is derived from the designer’s own middle name.
The new collection is inspired by traditional British heritage, with a 1970s flavor, according to a statement by the brand.
Cox, who designed footwear for John Galliano in the 1980s, is best known for his Wannabe loafer style, which was hugely popular in the ’90s. Around the same time, he opened two eponymous stores in Paris and London.
Cox also previously served as creative director for Charles Jourdan. He arrived at French label in 2003, introducing sexier styles and generating major buzz through his celebrity connections with Elizabeth Hurley and others. After the brand was sold, however, Cox’s relationship with Jourdan soured. He eventually left in late 2004.
In 2010, Cox opened a bakery in London’s Soho area called Cox, Cookies & Cake. A year later, he returned to the shoe industry by teaming up with Italian label Geox for a special collection.
In September 2011, Cox told FN he had no grand plans to return to footwear but was happy to be back in the game with Geox. “I just visited all the shoe floors in the department stores in New York, and the sales staffs still recognized me,” he said. “I left my brand several years ago, and I thought I might do something else. But [this is what I’m meant] to do. There’s really been a return to the loafer, and that was my signature.”
Cox’ celeb connections came into play again for Geox. Music legend Elton John wore a pair of the designer’s Geox gold metallic wingtips on stage during one of his performances in Las Vegas.