Friday, May 29, 2009

Cole Haan sets sail, again!

I must congratulate Cole Haan. Up until about 4 years ago, I thought the brand specialized in shoes for old people with poor style and taste. It's so nice to be proven otherwise. I own a handful of the brand's shoes now - and am very impressed. (again, Megan at the St. John's Town Center, who provides the most amazing customer service and incredible client experience definitely helps the brand's image!).

This week I've been highlighting a myriad of fashions inspired by yachting and sailing. And again, Cole Haan is right on the mark. Don't get me wrong - I think Maison Martin Margiella and a host of other iconic brands make fabulous boat shoes for the fashion savvy, but not everyone can spend US$700+ on a pair of shoes, regardless of their intended purpose. For the money, Cole Haan makes the most incredible boat shoe -called the Air Blake Soft Boat Shoe.

This Air Blake Soft Boat Shoe features Air Blake Style. Milkshake suede. Laced front and sides. White rubber sole with concealed Nike Air technology for ultimate comfort. Made in Italy. US$195,00. Unlike many other boat shoes, this version is stylish, comfortable, and won't scuff your yacht deck, either!

I'm so impressed, I'm including some historical information on Cole Haan.

In 1928, Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan designed the first Cole Haan shoe. It was Chicago, the jazz age. Quality was everything – and style, like the sound, was smooth and sophisticated. Originally, Cole Haan was a men’s footwear label that captured the essence of the 20’s spirit with beautifully designed and well made shoes for the dapper gentleman. Today, Cole Haan brings that heritage to a full line of products including Cole Haan shoes, Cole Haan bags, Cole Haan belts and Cole Haan eyewear.

Each season they introduce an exciting new collection of high-quality men’s and women’s footwear, iconic handbags, men’s and women’s sunglasses and personal leather goods. Cole Haan is inspired by a passion for innovation and beauty, from authentic handcrafting, to the fast-forward excitement of NIKE AIR® Technology. Cole Haan shoes, Cole Haan belts and Cole Haan handbags are crafted using the most luxurious materials available (for the price, of course!), such as rich, hand-burnished calfskin, plush suede, genuine crocodile and American farm-raised alligator. The brand approaches design like sculpture or architecture – from a 360-degree perspective. Its designers think of every angle and give each its own design element. This level of detail sets Cole Haan apart. In addition, because Cole Haan products are hand-crafted, no two pieces are exactly alike. A dynamic luxury brand, Cole Haan defines the ultimate in artisan quality and detail … chic, on-trend fashion … ‘downtown’ style that is unique and eclectic … and beautiful products that people love to own.

1 comment:

Isabela said...

Thank you so much for sharing such great information about Cole Haan. I too think Cole Haan specialized in shoes.