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Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Shoe Retailers Offer More Midpriced Merchandise

Although unusual and outlandish shoes have always been a sign of wealth, the recession has retailers scrambling to offer more affordable footwear options. As Stephanie Rosenbloom recently reported in her New York Times News service article, “Retailers switch how they do business,”* high-end stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks are offering more mid-priced merchandise. Furthermore, in a shocking turn away from his typical mortgage-payment prices, Jimmy Choo recently announced that a pair of his shoes will be available for as little as $55 in H&M stores in November. (I never thought I would write “retail” and “Jimmy Choo” in the same sentence.)

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Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Thirteen Thursday: 13 Killer Eggplant-Colored Must-Haves

It’s no surprise that retailers across the country are attempting to lure people into stores with splashes of color. The economic and climactic winter have some designers playing it safe with black, gray, and white, but that can’t last for long–color is just too much fun. Macys’ windows here in downtown Portland proclaim, “Welcome back color,” and feature color schemes of black, white, and one punchy color, like tequila sunrise orange. My favorite grouping shows a lovely swirl of cerulean blue, black, and eggplant. That touch of dark purple eggplant is perfect for the present economic environment—it’s not as irrationally perky as pink or orange, but it still allows a sense of style and mystery into the otherwise basic spring color schemes. And so, in hopes that in some small way this post will lead more designers to feature dark and dusky eggplant tones, here are thirteen examples of hot new eggplant-colored fashion.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2009

How Shoes are Made

Yesterday, I encouraged all thrifty fashionistas to visit the cobbler to make your favorite shoes last longer. Today, I’m going to take you inside the world of the cordwainer, or shoe maker. The world’s top shoe making school may be Cordwainers Technical College, now a part of the London College of Fashion. Alumni include Emma Hope, Patrick Cox, and Jimmy Choo. Cordwainers Technical College has been around for more than 100 years–long enough to see the transition from hand-made to manufactured shoes. Cordwainers worked in a specific area of London, which came to be known as the Cordwainers ward. The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers is the organization that still sets the standards for shoe making professionals.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Jimmy Choo Opens School of Shoes in Malaysia

Jimmy Choo doesn’t do things halfway. The son of Chinese immigrants announced today that he will further contribute to shoe fashion excellence by opening a school for shoe design in Malaysia.2405656127_48713faf4d_m

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Who is Jimmy Choo?

Whenever I log into the Shoe Bunny blog to see what celebrities are wearing on their feet, I more than likely find at least one celebrity wearing a pair of shoes by Jimmy Choo. I know quite a bit about Jimmy Choo designer shoes and agree that they are gorgeous shoes. However, I must wonder, why is everyone wearing them? Of all the designer brands out there, why Jimmy  Choo? What does Jimmy do that  Kenneth, Charles, Cynthia, or Sam (etc.) can’t do.   

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