Legendary Bootmaker Of The American West, Lucchese, Announces New Collaborations And Retail Partnership With Neiman Marcus

Ralph Lauren, Brandon Maxwell, King Ranch, and Erin Wasson Help Mark the Brand’s 135th Year in Business

Lucchese Bootmaker, headquartered in El Paso Texas, is celebrating its 135th anniversary this year with a variety of partnerships and capsule collections. Known for making the finest cowboys boots on the planet, Lucchese has always balanced rugged, frontier traditions with an appeal to those focused on aesthetic.

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Below are a few of the highlights of how Lucchese is marking its anniversary this year:

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Erin Wasson in the Jacqueline Boot: Designed with Texas native Erin Wasson, the Jacqueline boot ($1,595 with free ground shipping) is a traditional western silhouette for the modern woman. The smooth black goat is accented by white stitch pull holes and piping. Single stitch welt construction. Leather sole. Handmade in Texas.

  • ERIN WASSON: Continuing their presence in the style arena, Lucchese just released a limited collection of fashion-focused boots with model/designer Erin Wasson. The brand has partnered with another iconic Texas brand — Neiman Marcus – to provide wider access to both traditional boots and fashion boots alike. This move signifies a shift in consumer demand, as exotic cowboy boots are now becoming a staple in consumer wardrobes, available at a wider range of retailers ranging from Western-focused to luxury fashion.

    The King Ranch Barn Boot

    The King Ranch Barn Boot

  • KING RANCH: Lucchese has partnered with another legendary Texas brand, the King Ranch, to produce a limited edition collection of boots that are rugged enough for the harsh environment of South Texas. In addition to this partnership, Lucchese has released a well-reviewed technical product called the Barn Boot, its first foray into the “work boot” category. The mud and grime releasing outsole and cushioned insole was an immediate hit with both new and long-time Lucchese loyalists.
  • RALPH LAUREN: In addition to staying true to its roots with traditional products, Lucchese was in the spotlight during New York Fashion Week in September. Ralph Lauren, who has worn Lucchese boots for many years, selected them as his favorite bootmaker. Lucchese worked with Mr. Lauren to create co-branded boots which debuted in Central Park at the legendary designer’s 50th-anniversary collection show.
  • BRANDON MAXWELL: Fashion designer and fellow Texan Brandon Maxwell used custom boots as the invite for guests at his Spring/Summer 2019 New York Fashion Week show.”It was a dream to work with Lucchese on our invitations,” said Brandon. “Lucchese is a quintessential Texas brand so to share this bit of my home state with our guests immediately showcased hospitality. Seeing videos of friends and guests receive this big Texas dose of generosity made it all the more special.

Texas-based Lucchese is a legendary bootmaker and iconic brand of the American West. Applying the same craftsmanship principles and techniques since 1883, Lucchese artisans use only the finest leathers, preeminent materials and a proprietary twisted cone last to construct boots of unrivaled quality, fit, comfort and style.

‘Let’s Go Gifting’: Nordstrom Launches its 2018 Holiday Campaign Celebrating the Joy of Gifting

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This holiday season, Nordstrom wants to make shopping fun with Gifts That Do Good, Gifts That Inspire, and innovative services that help make the holidays completely stress-free in-store and online. The marketing campaign was produced by Nordstrom and directed and photographed by Theo Wenner, who has worked on original campaigns for Chanel, Chloe, and Topshop/Topman, as well as editorials for Vogue and Rolling Stone. The cast includes Guinevere Van Seenus, who began her modeling career walking a Nordstrom fashion show as a teenager, as well as longtime Nordstrom customer and model Jan De Villeneuve, who has been gracing runways for over 50 years.

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The campaign includes a colorful, cheerful video that will run on Nordstrom.com and on the retailer’s social and digital platforms, print and out of home. A national TV commercial will launch on November 5.

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Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in O: The Oprah Winfrey magazine  (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

GIFTS THAT DO GOOD

Giving back feels good any time of year, but particularly during the holidays. From gift cards that give back, to gifts that do good, Nordstrom is making it easier than ever for customers to find the perfect gift.

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Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in InStyle magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

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Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Harpers Bazaar magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

  • Gift Card Give Back Nordstrom donates 1% of all gift card sales to nonprofits across the U.S. and Canada. This year alone, the company has donated over $7.5 million to more than 600 organizations.

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  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals™ In partnership with its customers, Nordstrom is supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals™ (CMNH) to make a difference in the lives of children. Now through December 24, Nordstrom invites customers to support CMNH through the purchase of $10 giving cards at any Nordstrom full-line store in the U.S. and Canada. All donations will stay local to the community in which they were given, including 55 network hospitals in regions with Nordstrom stores. The donations will fund critical treatments, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care for children and their families across the U.S. and Canada.

  • Nordstrom Signature Nordstrom is introducing a new cashmere collection featuring beautiful designs for women, men, and children. Select products within the collection are produced in factories where Nordstrom has partnered with BSR’s HERproject to implement workplace training programs on topics like health, finance, and gender equality. Since 2007, Nordstrom has partnered with BSR to launch worker empowerment programs in 27 factories around the world, reaching more than 18,000 workers.

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    Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Elle magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

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    Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Marie Claire magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

  • Treasure & Bond Nordstrom donates 2.5% of net sales from this exclusive, private-label brand to programs that empower young people to make a difference in their community. To date, the company has donated $2.5 million. This year, Treasure & Bond is supporting WE Charity, which provides educators and students with curriculum and educational resources that help them gain an understanding of the root causes of pressing social issues and provides the tools necessary to take action and make an impact. Treasure & Bond features laid-back wardrobe staples with an Americana aesthetic for women, men, children, as well as home, a new category that launched this year.

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GIFTS THAT INSPIRE

Nordstrom aims to be THE destination for unique holiday gifts at a range of price points, from a chic Topshop faux fur shoulder bag for $48 to showstopping Gucci boots for $1,790, including emerging brands and exclusive items.

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November 27 – Treasure & Bond Patterned Pullover

  • Daily Drops Beginning November 27 through December 18, Nordstrom will release exclusive, limited products each day called ‘Daily Drops,’ to create a sense of discovery in-store and online throughout the shopping season. Products will be added to Nordstrom.com/holidaygifts at 6:00am PST, as well as on the @Nordstrom Instagram. ‘Daily Drops’ will feature exciting, new-to-market items and styles from brands like Something Navy, Christian Louboutin, Charlotte Tilbury, Rothy’s, Treasure & Bond, Le Labo, Sant & Abel, Hugo Boss x Jeremyville, and Rag & Bone x Mickey.

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  • Gift Guides Based on top-demanded categories and search terms by Nordstrom customers, the company is introducing a persona-based gift guide featuring curated and unique ideas for 11 customer personalities. Examples include The Tech Collector, The Luxe Lover, The Traveler, The Witty One, and the Do-Gooder, among others, and can be found on Nordstrom.com/holidaygifts.

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Lands’ End Makes It an Easier and Merrier 2018 Holiday Season Filled with Great Gifts, Traditions, and Warmth

Look to Lands’ End for a social, snuggable, shoppable and smart holiday seasonLands End Heritage Logo

There are gifts, and then there are gifts from Lands’ End. Each item is thoughtfully designed, meticulously crafted and made-to-order with ease so that the gift giver and recipient alike can experience the delight of quality, the heart of five-star customer service and the integrity of a company that cares. Lands’ End today unveils its 2018 Holiday and Christmas Collection filled with something special for everyone on the list. The complete collection can be found in the Holiday Shop at landsend.com.

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With its new Scientific Warmth Ratings Guide Families on Outerwear Choices, Lands’ End Offers a Coat for Every Level of Warmth this holiday season

There’s a quality at Lands’ End that permeates everything we do. From our designers to the pickers and packers in the warehouse, we carry with us the heart of first-rate customer service. We strive to make the holiday season easier for busy families with quality gifts that they’ll be proud to present,” said Gill Hong, EVP, chief merchant and head of international at Lands’ End.

Lands’ End offers timeless, classic style and is a part of many family traditions with gifts such as fine cashmere sweaters and our handstitched, personalized Needlepoint Stockings. But we’re also modern, with gift ideas that are social media friendly, easy to shop and heartwarming during this busy season, making Lands’ End the smart stop for all our customers’ holiday shopping.”

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Lands’ End Makes It an Easier and Merrier 2018 Holiday Season Filled with Great Gifts, Traditions, and Warmth

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‘Tis the season for sharing memorable moments on social media. Soon, pages and profiles will be lit up with holiday scenes including favorite gift ideas. Lands’ End offers gifts ideas for social media mavens that will look great when scrolling on smartphones and tablets.Hol_hires_1

For a primo family photo “op,” family Christmas pajamas in the same Rich Red Multi Plaid will look fantastic for the Christmas day around-the-tree shots. Kids’ graphic tees in holiday themes including snowflakes, a Christmas tree and snow plows bring personality to holiday baking pics. For outdoor snow play shots, consider colorful down coats and jackets with faux fur trim around the hood along with vivid, cold-weather accessories including the Fair Isle Stripe Scarf, Beanie Hat and Convertible Mittens. Buffalo Check in red and navy can be seen throughout the Lands’ End gift collections in sweaters, wraps, slippers, accessories and more. This pattern stands out in just about any photo and brings the holiday spirit. Felt Animal Slippers for women with delightful creatures such as a sheep, polar bears, and even a cow will pop on the page when shown photographed alongside the Kids Critter Slippers with a snowman, a penguin and more.

Even the family dog has a place at Lands’ End. Look for a complete collection of dog vests, dog beds, collars, leashes and even dog treats and a new Pup Tent at Lands’ End. Since pets are special, plus make the most adorable photos, customers are encouraged to tag their dog sporting the latest looks from Lands’ End with #LandsEndPets. Continue reading

Vineyard Vines and Sperry Announce Multi-Season Footwear Collaboration

Vineyard Vines, the lifestyle brand best known for its smiling pink whale logo, announced a new footwear collaboration with the iconic American footwear brand, Sperry. With a shared love for the water, the two brands have partnered on a multi-season collection for men, women, kids, and baby that draws inspiration from their East Coast roots and passion for sailing. Reflecting the aesthetics of both brands—vineyard vines’ classic design approach and Sperry’s renowned craftsmanship, the exclusive footwear collection will launch with Sperry’s Authentic Original boat shoe and the Seaside Slip-on adorned with vineyard vines’ signature whale designs and unique patchwork prints. Retail prices range from $40.00 to $125.00. (Launched October 4, 2018, the premiere collection will be available for pre-sale at www.vineyardvines.com, www.sperry.com and select vineyard vines stores, followed by a more extensive Spring assortment hitting in early 2019.)

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The lifestyle apparel brand best known for its smiling pink whale logo was founded in 1998 on Martha’s Vineyard when brothers Shep and Ian Murray cut their ties with corporate America to start making ties that represented the Good Life. In addition to signature neckwear, vineyard vines offer a variety of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.

We started our company with the mission to create quality products inspired by living the Good Life with our family and friends, much like Paul Sperry did over eighty years ago,” said Ian Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “The Sperry collaboration is a perfect and fitting partnership between two American brands. We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with the Sperry team.” Shep Murray, vineyard vines CEO and co-founder adds, “We have always been a fan of their shoes and excited for our two brands to come together.”

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vineyard vines and Sperry Announce Multi-Season Footwear Collaboration: vineyard vines SPERRY shoes

Sperry was founded in 1935 by an avid sailor, inventor, and intrepid explorer Paul Sperry. From the invention of the world’s first boat shoe, the iconic Top-Sider, Sperry continues its eight-decade tradition of offering innovative, fashion-forward styles that are perfect at sea or on the street. The company Paul Sperry founded in his own name is now fully rooted in the history of American style.

This collaboration represents the ultimate partnership of two iconic New England-based brands. We are excited to collaborate with vineyard vines on a capsule collection of shoes,” says Tom Kennedy, President at Sperry. “This initial release, which features vineyard vines heritage prints on Sperry’s most-loved silhouettes, evokes the nostalgia of simpler times, youthful fun, and family vacations at the shore.

Vineyard Vines products are sold in over 600 specialty and department stores worldwide, through a seasonal catalog at 1.800.892.4982, online at www.vineyardvines.com and at over one-hundred freestanding stores. Sperry is distributed in department stores and independent retailers in North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, as well as Sperry specialty retail stores and www.Sperry.com. Sperry is a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. one of the world’s leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children’s and uniform footwear and apparel. For a complete look at the Vineyard Vines Sperry Collection, please visit www.vineyardvines.com or www.sperry.com.

UGG Celebrates 40 Years

Supermodel Adwoa Aboah and Fashion Designer Heron Preston to star in Global Anniversary Campaign

UGG® celebrates four decades with “UGG: 40 Years“, a global campaign which launched on October 4th. From what started as a men’s surf brand in 1978 and transcended into a fashion industry authority, UGG® continues to show what it means to live the California lifestyle by being bold, provocative and free-spirited. Adorned with boldly colored poppies, California’s state flower, the campaign pays homage to that legacy and features current ambassadors, model Adwoa Aboah and designer Heron Preston, who have played a role in the brand’s success this year.

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Founded in 1978 by an Australian surfer on the coast of California, UGG® is a global lifestyle brand renowned for its iconic Classic boot. First worn by Hollywood royalty, fashion editors and then the world, UGG® designs and retails footwear, apparel, accessories and homewares with an uncompromising attitude toward quality and craftsmanship.

From free-spirited surfers to provocative fashion designers and California creatives, UGG has embraced bold, unapologetic individuality for 40 years,” said Andrea O’Donnell, President, Fashion Lifestyle Brands. “What the UGG brand stands for is more important than ever and this year we celebrate who we are now and look onward with excitement to the next 40 years.”AW18-40th-H-HERO

On October 4th, UGG® hosted an exclusive event to celebrate its 40th anniversary and global brand campaign at the iconic Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont. Campaign stars Adwoa Aboah and Heron Preston were joined by Vanessa Hudgens, Teyana Taylor, Justine Skye, Luka Sabbat, H.E.R., SIMIHAZE, Hailey Clauson, Cozy Boys, Gianni Lee, Amanda Steele, Anne Winters, Neels Visser, and more to fete the momentous occasion. The event featured musical performances by H.E.R., Cherry Glazerr, and Heron Preston, and included art installations by Gianni Lee and Cleo Wade. After H.E.R. performed, she announced her role as the new UGG® brand ambassador and star in the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2019 campaign.AW18-40th-M-Neumel-SAN-W-Classic-Short-II-SAN-3-LockupAW18-40th-MW-Classic-Mini-II-SAN--Lockup

To celebrate this important milestone, the brand envisions a new future that’s still deeply rooted in its past by teaming its most popular icons with icons in fashion, innovation, and art. These unique individuals represent the next generation of UGG®.

  • Adwoa Aboah. With her bold personality, Adwoa Aboah rewrites the script of what it means to be a modern woman. A model and activist who has fronted campaigns for Chanel, Burberry, and Revlon. She challenges traditional standards of beauty, champions unconventionality, and builds a safe space for women to discuss mental health, sexuality, and body image without stigma and shame through Gurls Talk, a platform she founded with her best friend.
  • Heron Preston. A genre-bending artist, creative director, content creator, designer, and DJ, Heron Preston carves his own path in the fashion industry through his commitment toward innovation, experimentation, and unpredictability. His unconventional style has led to collaborations with Virgil Abloh, Nike, Kanye West, and the NYC Department of Sanitation. His relationship with UGG® was teased during Coachella, when Preston put his spin on a limited run of UGG® Classic II Mini boots with the designer’s signature pull tab and logo. The brand’s full collaboration will launch in 2019.

Additional cast members will be unveiled throughout the month of October.

UGG: 40 Years” was shot by photographer and visual artist Erik Madigan Heck, who is known for creating elaborate and surreal environments in his work. Heck brings a fine art sensibility to the campaign by reimagining iconic California landscapes, such as Big Sur and the Redwood Forest in saturated imaginative sets with vibrant colors and bold patterns, such as the sea of poppies, California’s state flower.

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Women’s Classic Short II, Classic Mini II, Ansley and Tasman II 40:40:40 in Sand

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Men’s Classic Short, Neumel, Ascot, Tasman and Scuff 40:40:40 in Sand

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Kids’ Classic II, Neumel II, Tasman and Infants’ Jessie II 40:40:40 in Sand

UGG® also ushers in their 40:40:40 Collection to commemorate the milestone. The limited-edition collection reissues its most beloved styles in the brand’s original colorway, Sand. The capsule includes 40:40:40 branding in Women’s, Men’s and Kids’ with prices ranging from $55-$180.

The limited-edition collection is now available at UGG® stores worldwide, ugg.com and at the select global wholesale accounts while supplies last.

  • North America: Nordstrom
  • Europe: Office (U.K.), Printemps (France) and Breuninger (Germany)
  • Japan: Isetan Shinjuku

Perry Ellis International, Inc. Announces Launch of 90’s Archive Collection, ‘Perry Ellis America’

The Limited Edition Reissue Will Feature Iconic 90’S Pieces Across A Series Of Drops Through 2019

Perry Ellis International, Inc. (PEI), fashion house for the iconic menswear label Perry Ellis®, announced today the launch of Perry Ellis America®; a limited edition capsule collection of the brand’s famed sub-label, which first debuted in 1984. A homage to the original collection, PEI is exploring its archives to recreate some of its most recognizable Perry Ellis America pieces, while introducing new additions inspired by the bold logos and vibrant colors of the 90’s. The unisex collection will revisit the fashion history Mr. Ellis helped to create, by bringing 90’s streetwear staples back for a limited time for enthusiasts around the world.

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(Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high-quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution.)

From prep to grunge, to logos and back, fashion guru Perry Ellis (Mr. Ellis) defined American fashion for generations. In 1984 – in partnership with Levi’s – Mr. Ellis launched Perry Ellis America, the very first clothing collaboration of its kind. The collection fused luxury fashion with everyday classics to create a fresh, unique direction in American sportswear; a concept that would be imitated but never duplicated.

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Perry Ellis America

The first limited edition 12-piece capsule will include an assortment of instantly recognizable hallmark Perry Ellis America styles, including reissued nylon tracksuits, washed denim, color-blocked outerwear, and an assortment of logo-heavy fleeces and tees. Continue reading

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes Now Open at Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum for Final and Only North American Stop

The Bata Shoe Museum, a North American cultural landmark with a strong international reputation, has announced the opening of the highly anticipated traveling exhibition MANOLO BLAHNIK: THE ART OF SHOES, a stunning, well-received retrospective by one of the world’s most influential figures within the fashion industry. After being showcased internationally at venues in Milan, St. Petersburg, Prague and Madrid, between May 16, 2018, through January 6, 2019, Toronto is excited to host the final and only North American stop on this world-class tour.

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Mr. Manolo Blahnik at the opening of “Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes” exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. (Photo Ryan Emberley) (CNW Group/Bata Shoe Museum)

For over 45 years, Blahnik’s inventiveness and superb artisanship have crossed boundaries between fashion and art, inspiring elegance and perfection. The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear. Using architectural and sculptural lines within his work, Blahnik exquisitely captures the imagination, transforming an everyday accessory into masterpieces of contemporary design.

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Sketch by Manolo Blahnik, Carmencita, 2002 Collection. (CNW Group/Bata Shoe Museum)

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