Todd Snyder is jumping into the footwear business.
The men’s wear designer has teamed with Cole Haan in a multiyear deal to create a new co-branded collection of shoes called Cole Haan & Todd Snyder. The brand will launch for spring.
“I’ve always wanted to do shoes and my history with the brand goes back to when I started in this business at Badowers in Des Moines, Iowa, where Cole Haan was the number-one selling shoe,” he said. “I’ve been a fan of Cole Haan for years and have always admired their high-quality craftsmanship and American style.” His personal collection numbers more than 30 pairs.
Snyder said the two brands worked together to create custom Cole Haan Chelsea boots during Snyder’s fall fashion presentation, and the relationship grew from there.
“After our initial partnership, I knew that we could bring a unique collection to consumers,” he said. Snyder said he pored through Cole Haan’s archives and developed eight styles with his spin. The offering will grow to 15 models for fall. The inaugural collection includes soft leather-soled shoes as well as a chukka boot, Snyder said.
Snyder worked on the design with Cole Haan’s global creative director, Walker MacWilliam, friends since they’d worked together at Polo Ralph Lauren many years ago.
The collection is expected to “bring the Cole Haan brand to a new customer and the independent shops that carry the Todd Snyder brand today. Moreover, Todd’s following in the Japanese market will, undoubtedly, embrace the collaboration when we launch it at Todd’s Townhouse flagship in Shibuya and our new Ginza location in Tokyo,” said Andrew Dubin, chief merchandising officer at Cole Haan.
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
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