New York-based Shipley & Halmos is expanding its men’s business for fall with the introduction of its first footwear and formalwear offerings.
The shoes come in three styles: the Lucien oxford, Raymond lace-front military boot and the Jack side-zip Beatle boot. Retail prices will range from $325 to $495.
“It’s so hard to find shoes that aren’t too dressy or too pointy or cost a thousand dollars,” said Jeff Halmos, co-founder of the label with Sam Shipley. “We’ve developed a very loyal men’s customer and we want to round out our offerings for him.”
Men’s now comprises about 70 percent of the company’s sales.
The shoes are handmade in southern Brazil and include color treatments developed exclusively for the brand. About half of Shipley & Halmos’ retail partners have picked up the shoe line, including Barneys New York, Bird and Confederacy.
The brand is sold in about 50 U.S. doors, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Scoop, Odin and Ron Herman. Another 50 stores sell the label outside the U.S., with Japan the second-biggest market.
The footwear will also be available on the revamped Shipley & Halmos e-commerce site in July, which will begin selling the brand’s full men’s and women’s collections. Currently, only select accessories and collectibles under the Shipley & Halmos Things moniker are available on the site.
The formalwear range — which at this point consists of just one tuxedo, a shirt and bow tie — will debut exclusively at Barneys New York this fall. The blazer retails for $625, the pants for $365, the shirt for $190 and the tie for $80.
“We didn’t want it to look like a costume. It’s a very simple design, with a really nice, high-twist wool — but it’s not shiny, there’s no bib or French cuffs on the shirt and it’s not meant to be worn with a cummerbund or vest. All that of that seems old-fashioned and fussy to us,” said Halmos.
Actors Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield were the first recipients of Shipley & Halmos tuxedos, which they wore on a significant portion of their “Social Network” press trips and public appearances during the recent awards season.
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