H.H. Brown Shoe Company celebrated its Season of Giving Holiday Event on Tuesday in association with Toys for Tots and The Food Bank for New York City. The company made a donation to each charity involved on behalf of each guest that attended. Members of the footwear industry and press mingled with celebrities such as New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, actor Brendan Dooling of The Carrie Diaries, and Diane Guerrero and Alysia Reiner of Orange is the New Black, while enjoying light bites and getting a sneak peek at H. H. Brown's brands' Fall '14 collections.
Mandy Cabot, co-founder, president and CEO of Dansko, is the 2013 recipient of the T. Kenyon Holly Memorial Award for outstanding human achievement. Presented by Two Two, the award is bestowed upon an individual in the footwear industry who exemplifies the philanthropic spirit and character of the late T. Kenyon Holly, past president of the foundation. "Mandy is the epitome of what Two Ten is about...an unconditional commitment to caring," says Jim Salzano, Two Ten board chair. President Neal Newman continues, "Her work in sustainability and business leadership in [her community] is done out of tremendous passion and dedication."
"Each one of us is responsible for the reduction of our impact on the environment. I am confident that social consciousness does not have to come at the cost of good business," Cabot says. "We are all...
A clothing store in Leeds, U.K., has come up with a unique way to let its customers know what's coming up for spring/summer. The Chimp Store commissioned British artist Chris Anderson to recreate to-scale versions of the upcoming Adidas Originals collection using 100 percent recycled cardboard. Anderson's eco-friendly versions of the Stan Smith, Campus, Superstar Shelltoe, ZX700 and ZX8000 feature the brand's trademark parallel bars and perforations, logos whittled from masking tape and laces fashioned from jute twine.
The Drydock Footwear Group announced that it has hired Joe Salzano to serve as Senior Advisor to its North American sales organization. The move represents a reunion of sorts for Salzano and Bob Infantino, who started the Drydock Footwear Group in May 2011 as a joint venture with New Balance.
"Bob presented the ideal scenario for me to round out my career at an organization that embodies the values that have shaped my 57 years in the footwear industry," says Salzano, who left The Clarks Companies last month after serving as its vice president of sales to further the success of the Cobb Hill, Aravon and Dunham brands within the independent channel. According to Mattioli, "Joe's passion and impact at retail is legendary and we have no doubt that our independent accounts will welcome him with open arms."
Salzano's new role will focus...
Hip-hop nuisance Kanye West's one-man war on the footwear industry continues . The latest victim of his rants: Nike. West, who designed a range of kicks for the athletic powerhouse, had a monumental falling-out with the brand over their marketing of the Air Yeezy. His revenge? A $10 million deal with Adidas. Sources say he "only got 10 to 20 cents on the dollar for sales of his sneakers from Nike, and he only had a small personal stash to give out to his friends." At one of his recent sell-out shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, West complained he didn't get decent royalties from Nike because he's "not a professional athlete." He also said, "I'm gonna be the first hip-hop designer and because of that, I'm gonna be bigger than Wal-Mart."
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