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Photos and Article by Patricia Parenti
On September 14-16, 2014 I attended the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of SOLE COMMERCE part of COTERIE which is a world renowned trade show and one of the many trade shows ENK INTERNATIONAL representsat the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. Sole Commerce is a show about upscale and unique lines of shoes/bags/boots that are of high quality and well made. I picked vendors to interview that I thought had fashion forward styles that the consumer would want but never seen and not big labels that were already out in the stores.
ROCKWELL THARP- Boots with handbags and belts to match are true works of art hand crafted in South America and Europe. Artist created bags (photo above) take one lady 21 days to make. Some of the exotic skins used are crocodile and Brazilian Python. The first two photos are western style boots with embroidery on hair calf and brocade textiles. Fourth photo is leopard print hair calf with boots featured on the Chief Executive Cameron P. Tharp's feet. All the boots have honey comb leather on the inside with custom zippers that are smooth and easy to zip up for ladies. Soles are all leather with Good-year welts (the outer edge of the boot where it meets the sole.) This company doesn't ship in boxes but uses duster bags (great to carry your boots in your suitcase for travel) to save space and shipping price. Boot styles are knee hi, ankle, over the knee with flat and stiletto heels. I guess I'm not the only one who thinks these are the most gorgeous boots I've ever seen in all my years in the fashion business because the company has made boots for the bands Heart, Survivor and Quiet Riot. Retail prices $350.00 and up. Store locater and to order www.rockwelltharp.com ;
Lauren Lorraine-I had the pleasure of interviewing a"shoe industry pro and Icon" Av L. Goodman (in the first photo holding a sample in his line) that has been in the business for over 30 years. Lauren Lorraine is his partner and founded the line with him. They started with bridal shoes that weren't competitive with the big labels" such as Steve Madden and Jessica Simpson that were already out in the market. There after they expanded in into prom and special occasion shoes. The boots in the beige and black (2nd photo) are adorned with nail-head/studs, retail for about $129.00 and are very comfortable to wear. The middle boot in beige has a wide calf that is perfect to wear with skinny jeans or leggings. The black sequin stretch boots (2nd photo) can be worn 3 ways - over the knee, to the knee or scrunched down to the ankle, Retail $139.00 which is a great value for the many ways you can wear them. In the last photo the styles are made with AB stones, lace mesh with rhinestone trim and all over sparkle with rhinestones on the T Strap style, Retail $89.00-$119.00. All the shoes are made in China but are very high quality. These very feminine and lady like shoes can be bought at Nordstrom.com and Kleinfield Bridal Stores. For more information www.laurenlorraine.com
CECCONELLO- This line was started a former weatherman on Univision TV for 15 years in Houston. It all happened while shopping in Lucha a men's clothing boutique where the owner asked him if he wanted to buy the store and he did. Customers asked for women's clothing and he tried to but found it too complicated. He decided shoes are what women loved the most. So being trained engineer he decided to make comfortable/sexy shoes at the same time so the line was launched. 1950's thru the 1980's vintage inspired glamour from an era when people dressed is what this line is all about. Made in Brazil in a factory that the company is part owner. Comfort features are leather uppers with padded soles and dimple in the heel of the shoe so the heel of the foot sits and doesn't move around. Retail around $355.00 to buy www.lucho.com
HEART SOUL- a line of day into evening shoes and boots. Comfort features are padded soles with a slightly wider toe box. I own a pair of shoes from this brand and have worn them at NYC fashion week standing for 10 hours in total comfort. All the shoes and high boots have lazar cutouts and micro suede booties have rhinestone embellishments on the lazar cutouts. Micro suede pumps are replicas of 1980's styles with their high vamp. Very pretty and affordable styles Retail $49.00 - $110.00 and sold at Macy.com and select Macy stores.
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