By  on February 6, 2012

The vibe is “Moroccan baboush meets Englishgentleman,” according to sisters Maryam and Marjan Malakpour, foundersof Newbark, describing their signature smoking flats. And they’reexpanding in the spring with a modified ballet flat.

Thetwo-and-a-half-year-old handbag and footwear line — known for a range ofshoes with soft soles that make them compact enough to carry in a purseand bags with python embossed leather detailing — will see five newstyles come spring. Production is in Los Angeles.

The newfootwear silhouettes include the “Catalan,” an espadrille inspired byCatalan farmer shoes; the strappy “Estelle” sandal, and the “Sophia,”the brand’s take on a ballerina slipper. They range from $425 to $530.

In handbags, there’s the “Faye,” a $1,200 messenger with embossedpython suede on the flap, and the “Pouchette” — three zip cases invarying sizes with heart cutouts in light pink vinyl that cost $385,$485 and $550.

The spring collection — heavy on taupe, black andwhite with punches of “sugar pink” and metallic yellow and bronze —will be sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Maxfield Los Angeles, Net-a-porter,Dover Street Market in London and Colette in Paris. The founders plan toopen their first freestanding store this year.

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