August 20 2014

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150 Years of Frye


Jasper Johns' "Flag" and Frye's limited-edition bootsFrye, the oldest continuously operating footwear company in the U.S., turns 150 this year. To celebrate, the label’s creative director, Michael Petry, designed a limited-edition collection of boots for men and women that riff on Jasper Johns’ famous American Flag painting (above). “The Johns painting has so much depth,” said Petry, a veteran of Prada and Polo Ralph Lauren. “We knew that with our handwork and vegetable-dyed leather, we could get a boot to have that kind of weathered look and feel.” Antiqued and stained by hand, an Engineer and a Harness style also feature inlaid stars—a direct homage to Johns.

Beyond the new boots, which just went up for sale on Frye’s Web site, Rizzoli will publish a book in October showcasing photographs of many of the company’s most famous fans. A long-haired, sixties-era James Taylor, along with John Lennon, are particular standouts for Petry, but a black-and-white of Jerry Garcia was unearthed too late to be included. Also in October, the Discovery Channel will air a one-hour documentary shot inside the company’s Wynne, Arkansas, factory. New stores in Chicago and Washington, D.C., are in the works, and Boston just opened. The Newbury Street flagship was a homecoming of sorts; Marlborough, Massachusetts, the company’s birthplace, is a forty-minute drive away. Continue Reading “150 Years of Frye” »

Shop The Look: Desert Rose


With Coachella kicking off this weekend, the fashion set is flocking westward, and that means it’s high time to invest in some festival-appropriate duds. Things are bound to get mussed up in the desert, so pre-distressed threads, such as Ksubi’s cutoff shorts and Frye’s stonewashed leather boots, are essentials. That being said, a few luxe, concert-friendly accents, like Alexander McQueen’s printed cape, can go a long way. Shop our picks from Diesel, Dannijo, and more, below.

1. Alexander McQueen cape, $955, available at

2. Dannijo bracelet, $220, available at

3. Diesel top, $227, available at

4. Ksubi shorts, $199.95, available at

5. Alkemie belt, $265, available at

6. Frye boots, $278, available at

A Trip Down the Bowery with Ruffian and Frye


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 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.”

Lean Cut


When Yigal Azrouël opens his first Cut25 store in Soho this spring, it will be awash with Technicolor. The designer, an avid wave rider himself, reaped inspiration from eighties surf culture for his diffusion line this season. As the 25 models made their Cedar Lake-choreographed movements within a designated square space, they showed off clean-cut pieces in electric tangerine and yellow, tamed down by more neutral shades of army green and black. The bright colors even extended to the shoes—the designer paired up with Frye to create poppy lambskin lace-up ankle boots and pink lambskin clogs—and the custom jewelry by Holst + Lee. The look is familiar—both athletic chic and neon bright clothes have popped up repeatedly throughout the week—but his “modern eighties” clothes are wearable. Azrouël devotees are likely to flock to the basic silk sleeveless tanks and dresses and the jet lambskin pieces. Caution: The citrus orange maxi is not built for the board.

Photos: Courtesy of Yigal Azrouël

The Shoe In: Are Clogs Now Chic?


The Kaiser has spoken, and evidenced from yesterday’s Chanel show, the word is clogs. While I myself love them, they can be a bit awkward to actually walk in and somewhat “Hey guys, wait up!” when it comes to cruising quickly on your feet through city streets. But really, what’s going on here? What was once reserved for surgeons in the O.R. and argumentative vegans has just been elevated to a new level. Is this Crocs crossover? Well, never mind, either way. If it’s good enough for Karl, bring it on. I mean, even the brides in that show were rocking a towering wooden platform. And remember that fringed and tasseled version last month at Alexander Wang? If you need to get your clog on now, check out this space-age winterized version from No. 6, a logo-laden stiletto from Gucci, or a braided style from the usual suspect, Frye. What do you think? Are you ready to bring back the clog?

Photo: Gianni Pucci/Go