Confederacy's sole control: Duckie Brown/Florsheim exclusive 'til August
The Florsheim by Duckie Brown men's footwear collaboration has been on our radar for more than a year and a half now -- ever since models hit the runway at New York fashion week in September 2007, and the the idea of mashing up the staid, old school shoe brand with the contemporary, sometimes edgy aesthetic and quirky sense of humor of Duckie duo Daniel Silver and Steven Cox has had me chomping at the bit.
Although the shoes won't make their way to store shelves across the country until Aug. 1, there will be just one place on the planet where you might possibly purchase a pair before then: Confederacy, the Hollywood Boulevard boutique owned by actor Danny Masterson and stylist Ilaria Urbinati (and that Emili Vesilind told you all about in the pages of Image last September.)
Kicking off with a VIP shopping event on June 11 from 7 to 10 p.m., (anyone can be a VIP, but you do need to e-mail email@example.com first) the Fall 2009 collection will be available for immediate on-site purchase, an assortment of styles including brogues and brogue boots ($395-$595), wingtips ($295) and a version of Florsheim's Riva style suede loafer with matching sole/uppers in shades including orange, electric blue and purple ($175).
But our favorite has to be the most patriotic pair of kicks to come down the pike in a long time -- the red, white, and blue Patriot Boot ($495) -- an updated riff on a Florsheim style first made in 1945 to celebrate the end of World War II. (In a nod to its origins, only 1,945 pair will be produced.)
Sounds like the perfect Fourth of July parade dress footwear to me!
Confederacy, 4661 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 913-3040 (Open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m). RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: Florsheim by Duckie Brown's Fall 2009 debut collection includes (top) suede loafers ($175), and (bottom) a limited-edition Patriot Boot ($495). Credit: Courtesy of Florsheim by Duckie Brown.