NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Joseph Abboud and Allen Edmonds have partnered to launch an artisanal shoe collection, Joseph Abboud for Artisans of Freedom by Allen Edmonds. Mr. Abboud joins an impressive roster of craftspeople who have participated in the Artisans of Freedom program which highlights American-made products through ingenious design and quality manufacturing.
“I am honored to collaborate with a company with as rich of a heritage as Allen Edmonds, that shares the same beliefs in American made quality and manufacturing as I do.” says Mr. Abboud. This passion is the driving force behind the Artisans of Freedom program - an inspired community of American companies that share the same values and the goal to create garments and accessories that stand the test of time.
The 18 different shoe styles represent the foundation for every aspect of a man’s wardrobe from work to evening to weekend. Style and substance intertwine as innovative construction and rugged materials are re-imagined in classic silhouettes. Leathers range from premium calfskin to pebble grain to waxed suede, and include monk straps, cap toes, wingtips, loafers and chukka boots. Colors range from black grain, to rich espresso, to burnished whiskey. Each shoe contains 360 degree bench welt construction for durability as well as custom cork insoles that naturally mold for a custom fit. Allen Edmonds shoe lasts, or shapes, were chosen by Mr. Abboud for each of the various styles.
The Joseph Abboud for Artisans of Freedom by Allen Edmonds collection is proudly handcrafted in the USA at the Allen Edmonds factory in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Retail prices range from $395-$445 for all styles and will be available at the Joseph Abboud Flagship store, located at 424 Madison Avenue in Manhattan, as well as online at josephabboud.com. Select styles will be available at allenedmonds.com.
About Joseph Abboud
Joseph Abboud has been passionate about fashion since the age of sixteen. He started his career in menswear at Louis of Boston and later Polo Ralph Lauren. In 1987, Joseph Abboud launched his own eponymous label. Shortly after its debut, Abboud was accorded numerous honors including the distinction of being the only designer to have received the coveted Menswear Designer of the Year twice in a row (1989 & 1990) from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Other awards and honors include The Cutty Sark Award for Most Promising Menswear Designer in 1988, the first Woolmark Award for Distinguished Fashion in 1989 and again in March of 1993. Numerous other prestigious awards have followed including Person of the Year from the American Apparel & Footwear Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from MR magazine in 2016.
About Allen Edmonds
Founded in 1922, Allen Edmonds is an iconic U.S.-based manufacturer and retailer of luxury men’s dress and casual footwear and accessories using the highest quality leathers and other materials.