NEW YORK — Rene Caovilla is celebrating 80 years with two special capsule collections. The Italian shoe brand has paired with Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus to create a line for each store.

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“We felt it was the right thing to do to celebrate the 80th anniversary, conceiving two capsule collections that mix heritage with a contemporary image,” said Edoardo Caovilla, chief operating officer and creative director. “This capsule collection is our special gift to our customers in the USA, who have been encouraging, supporting and following us since the beginning.”

The collections, including eight and 10 designs for Bergdorf’s and Neiman’s, respectively, represent famous styles pulled from the brand’s archive. “We selected the most feminine styles that made our history and added a contemporary touch,” said Caovilla. “The selection spans from a 1949 chic mule sandal in soft leather embellished with pearls to a 1965 multimetallic pump with a Persian mosaic pattern where each piece is individually stitched recalling Byzantine jewelry.”

All shoes are numbered to signify the limited collection; no more than 20 pairs will be produced for each style. Prices range from $1,200 to $2,000.

The Neiman’s collection will roll out in March at its Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami stores. The brand will launch its Bergdorf’s collection with a selling event at the New York store on Feb. 13.

The celebrations also mark Caovilla’s recent creative director appointment. His grandfather, also named Edoardo, founded the business, and was succeeded by Caovilla’s father, Rene. “I am very honored to represent the third generation running the company,” said Caovilla. “I feel the responsibility of carrying over the heritage.”

Under Caovilla’s direction, the company is already planning to become a full women’s accessories brand. “I am not the kind of person who sits on successes,” said Caovilla. “I always like to set new objectives and face new ideas and challenges.”

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