Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet has forged a partnership with Camuto Group to design and produce footwear starting with spring 2018. The first collection will be introduced at retail in February.The footwear offering will showcase a range of styles, including dressy flats, casual sandals, colorful patterned heels, signature Alice + Olivia wedges and statement over-the-knee boots. Retail prices will range from $295 to $795.Previously, Schwartz and Benjamin had the Alice + Olivia license for footwear.Stacey Bendet, chief executive officer and creative director of Alice + Olivia, will serve as creative director of the partnership and provide the collection inspiration and design cues, while Camuto Group will execute the design and spearhead sourcing and production. Alice + Olivia will bring sales and fulfillment back in-house as part of the partnership.Beginning this month, sales will take place at Alice + Olivia's showroom at 450 West 14th Street, and the collection will also be shown at Coterie at the Jacob K. Javits Center Sept. 17 to 19.Bendet said she was happy to team up with an experienced footwear partner such as Camuto “to help me continue to grow the footwear category for Alice + Olivia.”"A+O is known for print, color and novelty, and I wanted to bring all of this to our footwear in a larger and more meaningful way," she said.Alex Del Cielo, ceo of Camuto Group, added, “We share a passion for design and commitment to quality and look forward to developing her collection and growing her business.”Alice + Olivia, which was launched in 2002, has grown into a full lifestyle collection offering ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, accessories and handbags. In addition to its own freestanding boutiques throughout the world and aliceandolivia.com, the brand is sold in more than 800 department and specialty stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-porter, Lane Crawford, Harrods, Galeries Lafayette and Harvey Nichols.Camuto, founded in 2001, has the footwear license for Jessica Simpson, Lucky Brand and ED Ellen DeGeneres, in addition to its own brands that include Louise et Cie, Two by Vince Camuto, Vince Camuto Imagine, Vince Camuto, 1. State and Sole Society. Camuto Group products are sold in more than 5,400 doors worldwide.
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