Giving leather a rest, brands turned to linen, denim and most notably, printed textiles to add a jolt of newness to their Spring ’14 collections at the June FFANY show in New York. Prints spanned photo-real galactic scenes and plumes of peacock feathers to modern interpretations of tie-dye. And on classic silhouettes like a two-piece flat from Chinese Laundry and ballerinas at Hush Puppies to CMerit’s old-school hi-tops and vulcanized loafers, these prints provided a pop of color and freshness to otherwise basic footwear.
Back by popular demand, FFANY is bringing back the “Art of Traditional Shoemaking” workshop in partnership with the Ars Sutorial School. The five-day workshop is scheduled for this July 16-20 at the H.H. Brown showroom in New York located at 1441 Broadway, 14th floor. Tuition is $2,500 per attendee. Enrollment is based on a first come, first serve basis.
It is difficult enough that FFANY and WSA show dates overlap this February (2-4). But when three shoe shows (FFANY, WSA and Outdoor Retailer) all had overlapping dates for this August, something had to be done. WSA show organizers have decided to break up the logjam by moving its show dates from August 3-5 to 9-11 at the Sands Expo and The Venetian in Las Vegas. FFANY will be held August 3-5 in New York and the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, UT, runs August 3-6—the new dates moving from its previous July dates to address the needs of the paddlesports market.