NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2019 — Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle brand and retailer, is excited to announce its collaboration with famed, independent fashion house Rodarte. Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the sisters behind Rodarte, have put their signature aesthetic on Cole Haan’s groundbreaking Grand Ambition collection that sets a new standard for women’s dress footwear and handbags. Cole Haan and Rodarte have come together to tell a story of two brands united by a common desire for continuous innovation.
“The ethos of Cole Haan speaks to everything that we do. When you’re designing it’s always about innovating and trying to think outside the box to create something new and create a dream that you take people into,” says Kate Mulleavy, co-founding designer of Rodarte.
September marks the first collection of the collaboration, with Grand Ambition silhouettes including Pumps, Booties, Shoeties, Slip-On Sneakers, Satchels and Circle Bags, all incorporating pops of True Red, Bubblegum Pink, Optic White and Black colorways in addition to embossed croc leather, neoprene and lace detailing. Cole Haan’s breakthrough engineering combined with Rodarte’s high-fashion design makes for a bold collaboration for extraordinary women.
“We wanted to collaborate with Cole Haan because they are such an innovative company that really values the same things we do in terms of design and pushing the boundaries of what is expected in the landscape of fashion. We were really impressed by the level of innovation that Cole Haan infuses into their product in order to deliver unparalleled comfort,” notes Laura Mulleavy, co-founding designer of Rodarte.
In true Rodarte evolution, the November collection features a romantic and soft color palette applied to Cole Haan’s Grand Ambition Bootie, Lace-Up Sneaker, Circle Bag and Bucket Bag styles. Each silhouette is embellished with perforated hearts, while the Bucket Bags are adorned with playful bows, just in time for the holiday season. All footwear styles utilize Cole Haan’s GRANDFØAM technology for superior comfort and flexibility, while the Grand Ambition handbags provide ultimate functionality, perfect for pairing together or even doubling up.
“When Cole Haan set out to create this revolutionary women’s collection, we knew we had to partner with Rodarte. Kate and Laura’s independent spirit is singular in the world of fashion. In their capable hands, Cole Haan and Rodarte, together, have delivered an alchemy that blends beauty and engineering in a way that hasn’t been achieved before,” adds Cole Haan’s Chief Marketing Officer & GM of Business Development, David Maddocks.
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