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Fiorentini + Baker releases a luxe capsule collection for little stars.

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Fiorentini + Baker releases a luxe capsule collection for little stars.

Assuming the old adage that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, celebrity offspring Nahla, Sunday, Suri and Apple will soon be sporting the effortlessly stylish and classic footwear of Fiorentini + Baker. That’s because Fiorentini + Baker loyalists Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and Gwyneth Paltrow, respectively, have already made the brand a frequent blip on the fashion radar—and now the high-end Italian-made boot maker is marking its 10th Anniversary with a capsule collection for children.

Fiorentini + Baker designer Deborah Baker notes that the kids’ collection was initially prompted by requests from regular customers who expressed an interest in footwear for their kids. “The footwear we make should be enjoyed by adults and kids,” Baker says, noting the line pays tribute to some of the brand’s key styles from the past decade. “We chose styles from the permanent line that we thought would work on little feet.” As with all of the brand’s designs, Baker says the boots are kept simple by focusing on supple leathers and suedes with minimal hardware. It also provided an opportunity for Baker to play with youthful shots of color. “There will be more neutrals and brights in this range,” she says, noting the collection includes eye-catching deep red and cool shades of blue.

The line is led by three unisex boot styles—the double buckle 713, short Eli and signature three-buckle Eternity—that allow parents and kids the chance to coordinate. The collection also includes a lace-up boot for boys and tall rounded-toe, pull-on boot for girls—two styles that are attracting a lot of interest from buyers, Baker reports. Suggested retail prices range from $380 to $500 and sizes span 4 to 12.

“Children’s collections are very popular at some of our retailers, so the timing is right,” Baker says, adding that she hopes to expand the selection next year. “This kind of footwear for kids is a luxury item, but hopefully they will be passed down to younger members of the family.” —Angela Velasquez

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