Some footwear and accessory brands slap a harness on a product and call it equestrian; luxury handbag line Dressage likes to put a little more thought into it. With meticulous attention to detail and artistry, each piece is a nod to the prestigious sport it takes its name from: a braided handle harkens back to a braided mane; straps recall bridle halters; the interior lining is the same red as that of a first place rosette.
Though still fresh in the game, shoe designer Alexandre Birman has made a huge splash in the luxury footwear waters since his introduction to the market in 2008. A favorite of A-listers like Kate Hudson and Blake Lively, the Brazilian designer’s collections can be found everywhere from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus here in the U.S. to retailers like Harvey Nichols and Selfridges abroad.
Are luxury goods makers shifting attention to their eco quotient to save face as their market flags? The Wall Street Journal reports on recent steps high-end companies have taken to express commitment to environmental pursuits, such as Tiffany & Co. devoting its window displays to a showcase of its coral reef protection efforts and Barneys’ promotion of Keds by Loomstate organic sneakers.