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A Trip Down the Bowery with Ruffian and Frye

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If Sherlock Holmes were a woman, in an opium den, on the Bowery, at the turn of the century, what would she wear? This is precisely the question Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais will try to answer with their upcoming Fall ’13 collection, which takes to the runway on February 9. To help achieve this particular aesthetic fantasy, the duo has teamed up with Frye—who will celebrate its 150 anniversary this year—to create a range of runway shoes, all of which will be available on the brand’s Web site. “We love to work with other American companies, especially companies that manufacture here in the USA,” said Wolk, adding that Ruffian and Frye’s shared appreciation for craftsmanship made the partnership a natural choice. The shoes and boots will exhibit classic Ruffian-esque attention to detail, like hand embroidery, jet beads, snakeskin, custom tassels, and—wait for it—twenty-four-karat gold leaf cuffs. The designers gave Style.com an exclusive sneak peek at their collaborative kicks via two sketches (above). As for this week’s show, Wolk revealed that the collection is called “Revery.” “We like to take walks as part of our creative process, so we want the show to be a walk on the Bowery on a magical night—an exciting, smoky evening.”

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