British heritage label Rayne is looking to a new name to help revive the brand.
Esposito’s first collection for the brand will bow for spring ’17.
“I believe Ernesto is the ideal designer for Rayne [because] he understands better than anyone the DNA of the Rayne brand. And with his considerable artistic talent & skill, he will be able to create a melange of new fresh concepts [and honor] Rayne’s wonderful heritage,” said Nick Rayne, a fourth generation member of the shoemaking family.
Rayne is excited about the partnership on a personal level as well: “I have known Ernesto as a friend for many years, but this is the first time that we have actually worked together on the same project. So I am sure that this collaboration will be fun and inspiring.”
Esposito has worked with a host of shoe brands over the years, including Stephane Kélian, Via Spiga and Bruno Magli.
In its glory days, Rayne was the go-to brand for the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II has worn the brand many times over the years, and the late Princess Diana also was a fan.