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New Brand Spotlight: Proenza Schouler

In spring/summer 2003, designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez launched Proenza Schouler, and the fashion world instantly took notice. Hailed as the “future of fashion”, the luxury brand rose to international fame thanks to their imaginative designs and fashion-forward yet wearable aesthetic.

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The duo behind Proenza Schouler (the moniker combines both their mothers’ maiden names) met while studying at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York. After teaming up to create their senior collection, Jack and Lazaro launched their own independent label which has since received a series of distinguished awards and accolades from the fashion world. 

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The Proenza Schouler swimwear and scarves collection available at Zappos Couture is just in time for resort season and transitioning into the spring and summer months!

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New Brand Spotlight: Band of Outsiders

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With its modern, rebellious take on American style, Band of Outsiders footwear is a favorite of the sartorially savvy set. Its preppy-meets-luxe take on loafers, boots, oxfords and sandals gives a fresh twist to beloved American classics.

Founded by former Hollywood agent Scott Sternberg in 2004, Band of Outsiders is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after boutique brands in the business. Its strong sense of nostalgia mixed with a decidedly modern vibe has definitely struck a chord with the fashion obsessed near and far.

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New Brand Spotlight: Doucal's

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Founded by the Giannini family over 40 years ago, Doucal’s is a men’s footwear brand rooted in a strong tradition of fine Italian craftsmanship. Now in its second generation, Doucal’s is always embracing a modern perspective while upholding the impeccable standard of quality from which it was born.

Prized by a luxury clientele all over the globe, Doucal’s elevates the standard for men’s loafers and oxfords by crafting each pair with exceptional quality and long-lasting comfort.

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New Brand Spotlight: Alice + Olivia

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Founder Stacey Bendet launched fashion line Alice + Olivia with a whimsical aesthetic that juxtaposes sexy and chic style. Alice + Olivia shoes achieves that same balance of edgy style with wearable sophistication that’s in their ready-to-wear clothing collection.

From heels to ankle boots to fashion sneakers, Alice + Olivia footwear allows your distinctive personal to really shine!

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New Brand Spotlight: Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar, Alexis Bittar jewelry, costume jewlelry, fashion jewelry, Alexis Bittar jewelry,fashion accessories, Zappos Couture, New Brand SpotlightBrooklyn-born and bred designer Alexis Bittar has been designing jewelry for over 20 years. He began his illustrious career by selling on the streets of New York City in the early 1980s. Bittar sold his handcrafted pieces from a wooden foldout table on St. Mark's Place and in Soho. Shortly after, Bittar's creations were recognized by fashion retailers worldwide, propelling the artist into the world of international museums, department stores, and luxury boutiques alike.

To this day, Bittar's three costume collections are designed in Brooklyn, New York. In 2010, the self-taught designer was lauded by the CFDA, receiving the Accessories Designer of the Year award. In 2013, he received the award for Brand of the Year by the Accessories Council.

Bittar's insatiable thirst for innovation drives him to search the world for unique materials. All of the stones found in Bittar's collections are custom cut and set in his custom designed metalwork, which provide the foundations for his creations.

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The punk youth and urban thread resonates throughout Bittar's collections—often layering juxtaposing eras, such as 1980s and sculptural deco imagery. Bittar's diverse aesthetic and unique point of view enables him to remain at the cutting edge of culture, design, and craftsmanship while abiding by his core beliefs of quality and innovation. Bittar's diverse celebrity following further reflects the designer's reach. He continues to change the world's perception of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cuffs, and rings by celebrating wearable art. With his designs, Bittar lauds individualism, embracing imperfections, and rejecting the mundane and ordinary.

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New Brand Spotlight: Private Stock

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Private Stock aims to push the imagination beyond all borders, engulfing in pure energy and free space, finding allure in the essence of simplicity. This creative enlightenment is the root of its ideological evolution and the conceptualization of its collection.

Private Stock products exude understated styling, distinctive aesthetics, and exacting craftsmanship. Cultivating the perfect harmony of rare fabrics, fine hardware, and precise details, each Private Stock piece represents true distinction and exclusivity.

From cutting edge tees, to fashion forward denim, and uniquely cut sweaters, Private Stock has something for every man who desires something extra from his wardrobe.

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New Brand Spotlight: Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang was born and raised in the Austrian Alps. At the age of 18, he began to teach himself clothing design. A few years later, he opened a made-to-measure shop in Vienna. In 1984 he closed the shop, and two years later showed his first runway collection in Paris at Centre Georges Pompidou.

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His fashion house became famous in the late 1980s for its simple but refined designs. Once Lang moved to New York, he began using unconventional materials such as rubber, feathers, and metallic fabrics to redefine the silhouette of the 1990s and early 2000s. As one of the most important designers of our time, his work left an undeniable imprint on contemporary culture and his influence continues to reverberate among the fashion community today.

Lang's apparel collection for men and women focuses on refined and elegant pieces, such as slim suits in black or white, an exquisite denim collection, and the use of high-tech fabrics. Lang is known for his minimalist, deconstructivist, and often severe yet sophisticated designs.

Breathe new life back into your look with sleek jackets and fitted blazers from the Lang Men’s Collection. Polished button-ups pair perfectly with slim and modern denim. For a more casual look, the simple and chic tees pair seamlessly with stylish sweatshirts and hoodies.

The Lang women's collection offers a fresh and versatile take on fashion for any occasion. Featuring clean lines and chic concepts, from trendy jackets and skirts to sweaters and tops made for layering, you are sure to be on trend and turning heads.

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New Brand Spotlight: Kennel & Schmenger

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Accept no compromise! Don’t be a cookie cutter image of everyone else. The recipe for an inspirational image is to step into a unique pair of Kennel & Schmenger shoes. "Accepting no compromise" is the driving force behind the quality and elegant expectations of each pair of sensational shoes, elegant high heels, flats, sneakers and breathtaking boots from the Kennel & Schmenger footwear collection.

In these times of mass production, it has become almost exceptional to encounter individuality and hand-made manufacturing. Kennel & Schmenger is an exciting exception with 95 years of shoe craftsmanship; the family-owned firm has succeeded in perfecting their products and bringing the Kennel & Schmenger footwear collection to an international level. Today the company is one of the leading German manufacturers of luxury shoes and accessories.

The passionate philosophy of the Kennel & Schmenger footwear collection is to only use products of the finest quality such as premium leather, quality craftsmanship and the designs that are the latest international trends. This is the only suitable standard for a fashion-forward, modern woman with high expectations, which is the Kennel & Schmenger customer.

Kennel & Schmenger was founded in 1918, in Pirmasens, which was then well known for its remarkable shoe industry. Kennel & Schmenger has remained a family business ever since. Klaus Kennel managed the firm for 50 years and recently retired in 2011. The firm's tradition-steeped corporate culture is carried on by the two managing directors Andreas Klautzsch and Stefan Frank. Today the company retails its products in 33 countries all over the world.

Kennel & Schmenger has created something that is nowadays rarely found: a link between high quality, authenticity, and the belief in tradition.

Accepting no compromise-it clearly pays off.

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