Men’s Italian Shoe Collection Grand Voyage Launches Online

Industry veteran Robert Nand, founder of Creative Recreation, has once again been bitten by the footwear bug. This time, he’s taking things up a notch with the launch of Grand Voyage, a direct-to-consumer men’s collection aimed at the modern gentleman.

“It’s for the 25 -t0-40-year-old entrepreneur,” said Nand, who includes himself in the target demographic. “I’m building off my lifestyle of what I like to wear. I can wear these [shoes] to work and then out for drinks or to an event.”

The collection is made in Italy and includes high-top sneakers, Beatles-inspired ankle boots, oxfords and slip-ons. And Nand noted that having the right looks was just part of the equation. Equally important was offering a quality product at accessible prices — the line retails for $195 to $295. Nard said he can keep costs down by selling direct to consumers on TheGrandVoyage.com.

Grand Voyage Belmondo sneaker
Grand Voyage Belmondo High sneaker.

Spending time in Italian factories got Nand’s creative juices flowing. “Italy is a big part of [the story],” he said of the old-world craftsmanship available. “The people working in the shoe factories there love what they do. The atmosphere of shoemaking is inspiring.”

In addition to shoes, Nand will be adding a collection of accessories for fall ’16 that includes duffle bags and laptop and toiletry cases.

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