Malone Souliers is hitting the runway.
After teaming with David Koma last season, the footwear brand will enter its first U.S. collaboration this season, providing footwear for Novis’ spring collection. The brand’s designers, Mary Alice Malone and Roy Luwolt, have collaborated with Jordana Warmflash, Novis’ founder and creative director, on four new styles to showcase during Novis’ presentation, which will be held on Sept. 11 at The Space at Skylight Clarkson Sq.
“We have been admiring Novis’ feminine style and bold use of color from afar for some time,” Malone said. The two brands have even unintentionally collaborated in the past. “Our individual brands are often paired together on the red carpet,” Malone noted (most recently, actress Abigail Spencer paired a colorful Novis dress with a pair of purple Malone Souliers mules at the 2015 CFDA Awards). “It was inevitable that we would serendipitously find each other to create our spring/summer 2016 collaboration.”
The collaboration will include a mix of both heels and flats, done in bold colorways to reflect Warmflash’s inspiration for the season: Clarife Cliff’s pottery. Details include embellishments, leather carvings and filigree. “I love being part of a colleague’s works and admiring their processes that are so alternate yet aligned at the same time,” said Malone. “Collaborations are an amazing way to reflect on new styles, shapes and systems to create an inspired product with an artistic twist. For this collaboration, there had to be a different approach from the main collection. The shoes were meant to create a balance between designing a highlight shoe versus a stand-alone shoe in order to play with the shadows cast by the playful silhouettes of Novis’ ready-to-wear collection.”
The shoes will be available for purchase at Malonesouliers.com later this fall, with prices starting at $550.
Malone Souliers will soon be available to even more customers: Nordstrom will begin stocking the brand for fall at its Seattle and Los Angeles stores, as well as online. The store joins the brand’s existing distribution points Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Atelier 7918, as well as Malonesouliers.com.
“The business savvy of Nordstrom lends us a notion of ambition, speaking to the possibility of legacy built on education, not merely time,” said Luwolt, praising the retailer as “some of the most cooperative and advanced we’ve come across in quite the while.”