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Inspired by the stylish London man, Jimmy Choo’s debut men’s footwear collection features classic styles, with a dash of luxe and glamour. All the models — from Chelsea boots to loafers to the classic monk-strap shoe with English pewter buckle — are fully lined in leather; sneakers are fashioned from cashmere flannel; distressed biker boots have shearling on the inside, while the Wellington boots — a collaboration with Hunter — come embossed with a crocodile pattern. There is even a signature “Porno Paisley” slipper, with silhouettes of undulating ladies, à la James Bond, and black lacquered soles.
This story first appeared in the January 19, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
“It’s a stand-alone collection for the man who’s on the arm of a Jimmy Choo woman,” said Joshua Schulman, the company’s chief executive officer. Prices range from $595 to $1,095, and the line will launch with wholesale distribution, on-line at jimmychoo.com and with one-off projects such as pop-up shops. Schulman said the aim is to build credibility in men’s footwear, alongside the more established brands.