Carolinna Espinosa Shoe Brand Shutters

Women’s shoe brand Carolinna Espinosa has shut down, a rep for the brand confirmed. According to inside sources, the brand’s sizable store presence in Asia was hurt by the downturn in the Chinese economy.

The Italy-based brand launched in 2009, followed by a U.S. launch for fall ’13. The stateside launch included 70 styles. For the launch, the styles were priced at $200 to $295 for shoes and $325 to $575 for boots. The brand also operated an e-commerce site that has already closed.

Former Nine West COO Alan Luchette was at the helm as CEO at the time of the brand’s closing. Luchette hired Co-Creative Directors Gianni Velasche and Charles Amar to craft the line. Velasche had worked for many high-end labels, including Sergio Rossi, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, while Amar had created looks for Charles David, Nine West, Steve Madden and others.

“We are inspired by [the actual] Carolinna Espinosa, who is Spanish and lives in Italy,” Luchette told Footwear News. “She was a big designer in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. We take everything from what she did, and we translate it to today. We are trying to be the new Carolinna Espinosa.”

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