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    ​Pod to be relaunched by William Lamb


    The Pod brand will be relaunched with the forthcoming autumn/winter season after the footwear distributors William Lamb Group acquired the international license for the brand last year. The collection will comprise women, men and children’s shoes. The Pod footwear was originally launched in 1976. William Lamb ...

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    Baldinini in apparel license deal with Add


    Baldinini , the Italian producer of luxury footwear, has signed a license agreement with Add , the brand of down jackets owned by the Italian company Comei Co , for the design and distribution of outerwear. Add will produce about 100 items of both men’s and women’s ...

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    Vivobarefoot wins sustainability award for algae-based footwear


    Vivobarefoot is one of the winners of Arizona-based Footprint Foundation ’s 2021 Ocean Hero Awards , which recognize innovative champions that are positively affecting the environment on a global scale. Vivobarefoot was honored with an Innovative Engineering Award “for developing the first footwear made from algae, a renewable ...

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    Itochu and Aquafil join forces to sell recycled nylon


    The Japanese trading company Itochu and the Italian chemical firm Aquafil have entered a partnership to promote and expand the businesses of circular nylon production. In 2011, Aquafil created the Econyl Regeneration System that turns recovered nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpets and post-industrial waste back ...

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    Teva releases second Anna Sui collection


    Teva is releasing for the spring of 2021 a second limited-edition shoe collection designed by Anna Sui . The collection’s two models both feature a Liberty Fabrics print, titled “Botanist’s Diary,” on the theme of press flowers from English gardens. The Flatform Universal Anna ($150) is a ...

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    Jana Shoes releases a vegan collection


    Jana Shoes ’ new capsule for autumn/winter 2021, the Vegan Collection , comprises three models with a selection of 17 colors. All have removable footbeds, pressure-elastic Jana Relax zones and Relax flexible soles. Moreover, PFI Germany , the testing company in the town of Pirmasens, has certified that all ...

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    Spain to invest in the re-engineering of the Elche cluster


    The Elche footwear cluster near Valencia is lauching a project called Eco Challenge , which aims to reduce manufacturing costs by 30 percent through the re-engineering of the manufacturing process. The project has led to the creation of a consortium supported by the national footwear association Fice , Valencia’s ...

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    Birkenstock hikes investments, scales up production in Germany


    The German footwear brand Birkenstock is stepping up investments and expanding its production capacity as global demand continues to grow despite the coronavirus pandemic. As production runs at near full capacity, the company plans to expand its site in Görlitz, in the Saxony region, its largest production site ...

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    ​HIM to produce footwear under the Plan C brand


    High Italian Manufacturing (HIM) has obtained the footwear license for Plan C , a brand founded and designed by Carolina Castiglioni . The collaboration starts with the autumn/winter 2021-2022 collection. Plan C is currently distributed in nearly 120 stores spread over 20 countries. With the partnership, the ...

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    Elisabet signs a license agreement with Manila Grace


    Elisabet , the manufacturer of children’s shoes based in Monte Urano, in Italy’s Marche region, has signed a multi-year license agreement to produce under the Manila Grace brand. The collaboration will start with the international distribution of the autumn/winter 2021-2022 footwear collection of Manila Grace Girl. Manila Grace ...

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    Wildberries faces strong demand for traditional Russian footwear


    In the first weeks of 2021, Wildberries , Russia’s largest online retailer, registered a hike in demand for traditional Russian winter shoes such as felt boots and galoshes. According to the company, in early January demand in this segment grew by 60 percent compared to the same period in ...

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    Philippe Zorzetto launches sneakers with Sessile


    The French shoe designer Philippe Zorzetto is launching a line of recyclable sneakers in collaboration with Sessile , a brand created by La Manufacture 49 , the manufacturing unit of the French footwear retailer Eram . The sneakers will be available from March 2 at Philippe Zorzetto’s store ...

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    Spyder diversifies into footwear


    The lifestyle, ski and outdoor brand Spyder has partnered with Footwear Unlimited , a U.S. full-service company that designs, manufactures and distributes footwear. With the launch of its own shoes, Spyder is rounding out its head-to-toe offerings for men and women. According to the brand the new collection ...

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    Rothy’s wins lawsuit against Giesswein on pointed-toe loafer


    The San Francisco based shoe company Rothy’s has won a patent infringement lawsuit against the Austrian shoemaker Giesswein Walkwaren regarding its pointed-toe loafer-style flats. According to the High Court of Justice’s Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, Giesswein’s “Pointy Flat” shoe infringed on Rothy’s “Pointed ...

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    ​Asso obtains 4US license for kids’ shoes


    The Italian shoe maker Asso signed a worldwide license agreement with the Italian footwear designer Cesare Paciotti for the production and distribution of children’s shoes under the 4US brand from the current autumn/winter season. Asso will offer boy and girl shoes for children aged from six ...

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    Gore and Bionic Yarn jointly develop textiles made from ocean-bound plastics


    W. L. Gore Associates and Bionic Yarn , a material engineering company from New York, have announced a collaboration to drive the development of a high-performance textile made from traceable, recycled plastic. Gore said it recently made an equity investment in Bionic to help streamline its fiber ...

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    Giuseppe Zanotti enters license agreement with Alexandre Vauthier


    The Italian shoe maker Giuseppe Zanotti has entered a license agreement with Alexandre Vauthier to manufacture and distribute footwear under the name of the French designer. Vauthier is scheduled to present the collection at his haute couture show in Paris in January, but Zanotti is unveiling ...

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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 ...