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HUNTER TAPS MENDEL: Hunter Boot Ltd., known for its functional rubber rain boot, is going high-end again. The brand, which previously collaborated with Jimmy Choo, has tapped J.Mendel’s Gilles Mendel to design a limited-edition line of Wellington rubber boots for fall. “Hunter, like J.Mendel, is a brand that combines a strong European heritage and reputation for quality with a modern-day relevance,” said Susan Sokol, president and chief operating officer of J.Mendel. “We thought it would be a fun, innovative way of showcasing the expertise J.Mendel is known for.”

Three styles — a modified design of the iconic Hunter boot, with tall and short boot options in white or black and a branded J.Mendel ankle buckle — will retail from $585 to $795 at Saks, Nordstrom, Gorsuch and in November.

This story first appeared in the May 18, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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