We admit that when it comes to an official Cole Haan archive, our Flatiron HQ doesn't quite have a vault. But, we've got the next best thing in the form of Brian D'Aries, a concept design manager here who acts-- unwittingly or not-- as our official brain trust. So, in the midst of rolling out our new "Born in 1928" campaign, we visited Brian to take a walk down our sartorial memory lane. In between learning fun company facts (CH discovered the driving shoe in Brazil!) and throwback logos, we raided Brian's endless folders of past Cole Haan catalogs to compile some of our favorite vintage looks, and added some unseen imagery of one of our founders, Traftan Cole, in action.
We are inspired by women who design their lives around their passion; so It's no surprise that we are inspired by Jen Brill and Olivia Kim. Jen turned her influence in the New York art and fashion world into a career as a brand ambassador for the likes of Opening Ceremony and Chanel. Oli developed her knack for envisioning the story and mood of brands into director of creative projects at Nordstrom. Even V Magazine couldn't help but be charmed by the dynamic pair.
These women exemplify what it means to have no boundary between work and play and the Cole Haan x Jen & Oli Collection follows suit. It includes four essential sandal styles that are versatile and glamourous without the fuss. Harper's Bazaar has an open obsession with the collection, DNA shared their adoration and The New York Times showed love for the downtown darlings and our playful collection, too. Have a look for yourself then shop the collection.
The T-Strap Lo Sandal adds pretty, unexpected charm to a maxi dress.
Switch to a sundress and the Mary Jane Wedge for a casual day date.
Slip on the Mary Jane Sandal to hunt for vintage treasures at the outdoor market.
Replace your black stilettos with the Mary Jane Platform for girls' night out and your recap brunch the next day.
To capture the inspiration and environment for the Cole Haan x Jen & Oli Collection, we partnered with New York City based artists. Known for her ingenuity with mixed media, fashion and art, Jo Ratcliffe defines the kind of innovator that we celebrate and support. With creative direction by Jen Brill, Jo developed an animated short that melds pop iconography with graphic illustrations. Brian DeGraw, a DJ and musician with a long history of artistic explorations, created the score. Together, they brought to life the fun, flirty attitude that inspired the Cole Haan x Jen & Oli Collection. The video was screened on Nylon and Style.com.
"The inspiration for the video was a cross between Keith Haring's LED signs and a movie from my youth, 'Times Square.' I knew Jo and Brian would make a strong creative team bringing great energy and balance. They created the city of my dreams - modern in every way and eye candy for miles." - Jen Brill
WITH PHOTOGRAPHER BRIDGET FLEMING
We partnered with photographer Bridget Fleming for a jaunt to Coachella music festival in Indio, California. Known for her unique point of view, Bridget started Downtown From Behind in 2010. She captures cultural influencers from behind as they ride their bikes below 14th street in New York City. For us, she switched to frontal portraits as she captured the style of Coachella revelers plus a few of our favorite shoes and bags.
See more of Bridget's Work at DOWNTOWN FROM BEHIND
COLE HAAN X DOVER STREET MARKET
1ST ANNIVERSARY LUNARGRAND COLLECTION
To commemorate Dover Street Market Ginza’s blazingly successful year, Cole Haan released the Cole Haan x Dover Street Market Ginza 1st Anniversary LunarGrand Collection on March 16, 2013. Limited run available at Dover Street Market, Ginza; Dover Street Market, London; and Cole Haan, SoHo.
GREAT JONES X GRUNGY GENTLEMAN
GREAT JONES COLLECTION
THE SKYLAR OXFORD
GRUNGY GENTLEMAN X COLE HAAN
Grungy Gentleman editor-in-chief Jace Lipstein was excited about working with us, but he went into overdrive once he saw the Great Jones Wingtip and Saddle. Building on our history as a classic dress shoe maker, we focused on creating a lightweight shoe that fit into the wardrobe of the man ready to make bold, confident moves.
With "light on your feet" as his theme, Jace was drawn to the concept of boxing; a long-standing American pastime mixed with a great amount of confidence and power. When the models began boxing while wearing the Great Jones collection at Trinity Boxing Gym in TriBeCa, we knew Jace had made the right call. The Great Jones Wingtip and Saddle flexed with every movement and was so light that the guys sparred for hours. Between Jace's creative execution and the Great Jones style and technology, the results of the photo shoot are an absolute knock out.
Grungy Gentleman is an online publication created by editor-in-chief Jace Lipstein. He's on a mission to provide the freshest perspective on style, entertainment, travel and anything else a man could want. Fashion is meant to express your individuality and push boundaries. See how it's done at Grungy Gentleman.
Cole Haan and Tumblr hosted a party to celebrate the redesign of the Cole Haan #SubwayStyle blog and kick off Fashion Week. Notable fashion bloggers like William Yan, Brandon Stanton, Bryant Eslava and Nicole Alyse jumped on for an adventure through New York's subway system to the MTA Transit Museum in Brooklyn. Vintage trains, subway ads and music from Silent Drape Runners made the perfect background for a night of fun.
CHELSEA COLLECTION HOLIDAY 2012
Cole Haan partnered with creative duo Jen Brill and Olivia Kim to create a stunning collaboration of shoes built on our signature Chelsea last.
- Bright, high-shine metallics
- Rendered in brilliant colorways
- Innovative cushioning throughout
Tastemasters, fashion influeneers & editors took note. Browse the coverage below to see what they’re saying.
Who What Wear: Merging the best of the 70s, 90s and modern style
Elle: Fit for holiday fêtes
Refinery29: Upping the bar on cute, walkable party shoes
Teen Vogue: A festive collaboration