The vibe is “Moroccan baboush meets English gentleman,” according to sisters Maryam and Marjan Malakpour, founders of Newbark, describing their signature smoking flats. And they’re expanding in the spring with a modified ballet flat.
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The two-and-a-half-year-old handbag and footwear line — known for a range of shoes with soft soles that make them compact enough to carry in a purse and bags with python embossed leather detailing — will see five new styles come spring. Production is in Los Angeles.
The new footwear silhouettes include the “Catalan,” an espadrille inspired by Catalan 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 embossed python suede on the flap, and the “Pouchette” — three zip cases in varying sizes with heart cutouts in light pink vinyl that cost $385, $485 and $550.
The spring collection — heavy on taupe, black and white 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 to open their first freestanding store this year.