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    Teva collaborates with Chrishabana


    Teva ’s spring/summer 2021 collection will include a footwear line designed in collaboration with Chrishabana , a jeweler in New York City. Called Heavy Metals , the line comprises four revisions – with barbell piercings and pearls – of Teva’s Universal Sandals and is to celebrate trans people and ...

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    Schuhe24 buys an online platform for bike dealers


    The German Schuhe24 Group , which manages an online marketplace for independent retailers in many sectors, is branching out into the hot bicycle segment by joining and taking over majority control. That company claims it operates the largest platform for bicycle dealers in Germany, carrying over 25,000 bicycles ...

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    Cole Haan releases hiking boots and sneakers


    Cole Haan has released a new hiking boot as well as a sneaker from its collaboration with the comedian and writer Hasan Minhaj . Introduced back in September, the 4.ZERØGRAND Hiker ($250) comes in men’s and women’s versions and in a number of colorways. The brand calls it ...

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    Mizuno plans lifestyle footwear for Europe


    The Japanese sports equipment and sportswear company Mizuno is planning to develop non-sports products like lifestyle footwear for the European market. In the first half of its fiscal year ending on March 31, 2021, Mizuno’s overall revenues declined by 22.5 percent from the year-ago period to 66.2 billion ...

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    Ralf Ringer suffers staff shortage due to pandemic


    The Russian footwear group Ralf Ringer is seeking 200 employees to replace labor migrants, who had to leave Russia because jobless during the Covid-19-related lockdown. The company manufactures 2 million pairs per year at four factories in Vladimir, Zarajsk, Moscow, and Taldom. Ralf Ringer also runs a retail ...

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    Allbirds launches apparel line


    Allbirds , the B Corporation certified Californian brand of sustainable footwear, has launched its first apparel line. It is available in the company’s 21 stores in the U.S., Europe, China and New Zealand and online. The collection comprises T-shirts made out of a fiber derived from discarded crab shells, ...

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    WhatsApp to add in-app purchases, enterprise message hosting


    Facebook will soon be adding in-app purchases and enterprise message hosting to WhatsApp . Companies will be able to use Facebook Shops – the e-commerce platform that made its debut in May and feeds into all Facebook apps – to sell products through the messaging app. Companies will ...

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    Havaianas creates international division


    The Brazilian footwear group Alpargatas has created an international division for its flip-flop brand Havaianas . The division is based in Spain and run by Frédéric Lévy , a seasoned senior manager. Lévy was previously chief executive and president of Coravin , an America startup manufacturing products for ...

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    Vibram teams up with Balenciaga on footwear collection


    Vibram is introducing the “Toe” collection, a collaboration with Balenciaga on a shoe range made from recycled knit. The collaborative collection consists of two limited-edition sneaker styles and a high-heeled model. The shoes feature Vibram’s patented FiveFingers shoe platform, which separates the five toes. Each item is ...

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    Crocs enters collaboration with Justin Bieber


    On Oct. 13, Crocs released a limited edition of clogs deriving from a collaboration with the Canadian singer Justin Bieber, the Canadian singer, globally including China and South Korea. The Crocs X Justin Bieber with drew Classic Clog were sold at $59.99 across select Crocs and partner e-commerce ...

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    Ferragamo launches 3D made-to-order service


    Salvatore Ferragamo has teamed with Microsoft and its technological partner Hevolus to offer a 3D made-to-order service enabling the customization of the Italian luxury brand’s Tramezza footwear styles. Thanks to Microsoft’s Azure Cloud computing service and its mixed reality technologies, upon which Hevolus’s Augmented Store ...

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    Lenzing, Covestro help spearhead Renewable Carbon Initiative


    Materials producers Lenzing and Covestro are among 11 companies from six countries that recently joined forces to launch the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI). The initiative, under the leadership of German research institute nova-Institute , aims to phase out the use of fossil fuels for all organic chemicals ...

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    Analpa has introduced “fashion comfort” with Grünberg


    Claiming to have broken new ground by introducing the concept of “fashion comfort” in the shoe market, Analpa , the Russian-American parent of Keddo , has had a good ride with Grünberg , a new brand of relatively “cool” comfort shoes originally meant for the German-speaking market, which targets mainly ...

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    Hoff collaborates with Moisés Nieto


    The Hoff Brand has released a women’s sneaker co-branded with its designer, the Spaniard Moisés Nieto , who founded his eponymous brand in 2011. The Moisés Nieto x Hoff has an upper of white leather with grey and blue accents, a white and red outsole, and a blue ...

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    Sioux, Puma, Adidas, Buffalo, Jenah St. take top honours at PETA Germany’s Vegan Fashion Awards 2020


    Sioux , Puma , Adidas , Buffalo and Jenah St. are among the winners of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Germany’s Vegan Fashion Awards 2020, announced last week. Aimed at promoting animal-friendly and environmentally conscious fashion, the animal rights organization’s awards were presented this ...

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    Sonra to release a sneaker with Porsche Design


    Porsche Design has collaborated with the German Sonra brand and its chief executive, the designer Hikmet Sugör , on a limited-edition luxury sneaker. Planned as a “collector’s item for street style lovers,” the Sonra Porsche Design Edition takes its cues from Porsche’s 912 model car, which ...

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    Texon unveils new 100% recyclable insole tech


    Texon , the producer of materials for the footwear industry, has unveiled a new insole technology that is based on 85 percent recycled polyester (rPET) and is 100 percent recyclable. Texon Ecoline is produced with a special fusion-bonded process that enhances the internal bond structure of the material’s ...

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    Converse changes eyewear licensee


    Converse has changed its eyewear licensee and entered an exclusive, long-term global agreement with the American company Marchon, which replaces the Italian company De Rigo. The sun and optical collections designed under the new partnership will roll out globally at the beginning of January 2021. Taking ...

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    Wolverine releases a bourbon-themed boot


    Wolverine has collaborated with Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery of Kentucky on a limited-edition boot, timing its release on Oct. 1 to coincide with that of the distillery’s bourbons. Made in the U.S., the boot is a cap-toe 1000 Mile silhouette with Horween Cavalier Squash leather, gold ...

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    New Tencel fibers receive CarbonNeutral certification


    Under the Tencel brand, the Austrian firm Lenzing is releasing Lyocell and Modal fibers that have received CarbonNeutral certification. In other words, they comply with the carbon-neutral protocol set up – originally in 2002 – by Natural Capital Partners . In Lenzing’s summation, “the emissions associated with ...