Shoemaking renaissance, Jones eyes Jimmy Choo, China’s challenges, Museum couture, González’s poetry

Allen Edmonds' Redan shoe | Source: Allen Edmonds

At Their Feet, Crafted by Hand (NY Times)
“It has not been lost on workers at Allen Edmonds, or those at about a half-dozen shoe companies that still produce in the United States, that the craft of shoemaking is experiencing something of a renaissance. Over the last few years, as heritage brands have been rediscovered by a new generation of customers, especially young men.”

Jones Group one of bidders for Jimmy Choo (Reuters)
“Clothing maker Jones Group is one of three potential buyers for upscale shoe and handbag maker Jimmy Choo… Jones Chief Executive Wesley Card told Reuters in February that his company was looking to buy brands that would help extend Jones’ reach, particularly into overseas markets.”

How Far Off Are Local Chinese Luxury Brands? (Jing Daily)
“Luxury brands are born out of two main factors, one being history and the other a mature consumer base. However, there are virtually no domestic Chinese luxury brands that have these two characteristics… The establishment of a brand requires a lot of time and money, two things that are in short supply when a brand is first starting out.”

Museums Are Finding Room for Couturiers (NY Times)
“The big-city shows have helped legitimize fashion for smaller museums and provide a template for how to raise funds. And pop culture highlights fashion’s allure. ‘A hit show like ‘Project Runway,’ whose viewers are young females, underscores the passion for fashion among a key demographic that is also crucial for museums.'”

Rise: Gabriella Marina González (Dazed Digital)
“More powerfully dark than ever, the latest collection by Miami-born London-based designer, Gabriella Marina González, represents a new display of the most sinister poetry, a fresh twist to the most hard-core drama…. Leather masks and harnesses with metallic rivets, sky-high wedges and loose knits give shape to The Cyclops Apprentice, her proposal for next summer.”