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Kotur is expanding into shoes. Established by Fiona Kotur in 2005, the accessories label, known mainly for its clutches and minaudières, will introduce its shoe collection during New York Fashion Week.
This story first appeared in the August 29, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
“I’ve always wanted to do shoes,” said Kotur, a native New Yorker who has been based in Hong Kong since 2002, noting that the collection is designed to relate to her bags and jewelry. “It’s about having the freedom to be personal.”
She designed the first collection with a “Gypset, or chic travel” ethos, which encompasses various aesthetics. One group is done in spice market colors of yellow and crimson with tassel and mirrored embellishments; another group, with what Kotur calls “a New York point of view,” features sleek pumps in multicolored exotic skins. The Paola flat, which will be a collection signature, comes in three ways: as a Majorelle slipper, a men’s slipper or a women’s ballet flat, each done with an elongated toe.
Produced in Italy and Shanghai, the 30-stockkeeping-unit range includes pumps, sandals and flats made from ayers snakeskin, vachetta, suede and silk satin, often in combination. “I love sourcing,” said Kotur. “Believe it or not, not one of our bags is made in one place.”
Such a strategy helps her control costs — the shoes will retail from $350 to $850. Kotur hasn’t shown retailers the shoe collection yet, but her current wholesale partners for the other accessories include Net-a-porter, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, and the collection is also available at koturltd.com.