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Opening Ceremony welcomes a Repetto shop in shop this summer

July 27, 2010 | 10:00 am


You know all those flat, lace-up oxfords that look like your standard jazz shoe worn by celebrities and hipsters alike? Chances are they’re made by French footwear brand turned chic street-shoe line Repetto (which should know a thing or two about the jazz oxford since it started in 1917 as a line of dance shoes.)

Repetto started gaining popularity with its classic “BB” ballet flat and -- now more than ever -- the jazz shoe (which, compared with other fall shoes trends such as high-heeled hiking boots and the continuation of the clog, seem extremely dainty.) In August, they’ll be stocked at Opening Ceremony stores in New York and Los Angeles, showcasing a couple of styles made especially for the store, including an animal-print ballet flat and a Western-style lace-up bootie.

The line fits in with Opening Ceremony’s ode to French fashion brands, which it will carry in its New York and L.A locations for one year.

“Working with the quintessential Parisian shoe brand is the perfect way to kick off our year of celebrating France and French designers at Opening Ceremony,” said Humberto Leon, the co-founder and creative director of Opening Ceremony.

Can’t wait to see what other French brands the store serves up by the end of this summer. Ooh la la.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Repetto for Opening Ceremony shoes. Credit: Opening Ceremony