LEXINGTON, Mass., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Keds is delighted to add fashion designer Nanette Lepore to its exclusive list of collaborators. The footwear brand today announced a partnership with Lepore for Spring 2007. Lepore and Keds' product team will create twelve to fifteen styles, including ballet flats, skimmers, peep toes and d'Orsay flats. Each style will incorporate Nanette Lepore's signature prints and embellishments. "Keds is one of those rare brands that holds iconic status in American fashion," says Lepore. "I'm excited about collaborating with them and love the idea of a feminine aesthetic interwoven with Keds' sporty look; it's going to be fun." The limited edition collection will debut on August 2nd at a private reception at the Nanette Lepore Boutique at The Forum Shops in Las Vegas to coincide with the World Shoe Association (WSA) trade show. Select styles will also be featured at the designer's runway show during New York Fashion Week on September 12, 2006 at the Bryant Park Tents. Mischa Barton, spokesmodel for Keds, will wear a complete Nanette Lepore look in Keds' Spring 2007 ad campaign, pairing shoes from the exclusive collection with pieces from the designer's ready-to-wear line. "We are thrilled to partner with Nanette Lepore on this new collection," says Jennifer Weiderman, Vice President of Marketing for Keds. "Her feminine, whimsical designs and distinctive prints are perfect for Keds. In addition, this collection will build cachet and further momentum for the brand." Nanette Lepore for Keds will be sold at http://www.keds.com , Nanette Lepore boutiques, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Macy's West and select specialty boutiques. The collection will retail for $60-$120. About Keds Since 1916 Keds has represented authenticity, quality and style. Style icons throughout the years have worn their Keds, and today Mischa Barton continues this trend as the spokesmodel for Keds. Keds has a myriad of styles from the classic champion sneaker to vintage inspired distressed slip-ons to ballet flats to pointy toe skimmers to lace-up active mary-janes, sneakers, and mules. Keds is a subsidiary of The Stride Rite Corporation, a company that produces and markets children's, women's, and men's footwear. About Nanette Lepore Born in Youngstown, Ohio, to artist parents, fashion designer Nanette Lepore produced her first couture look at age nine. Annual family road trips on Route 66 instilled in Lepore a free spirit and a taste for travel. After completing her undergraduate studies at Youngstown University, Lepore attended New York City's venerable Fashion Institute of Technology. Today, Lepore designs in her New York City atelier alongside her husband, Robert, who helms the business side of the worldwide brand as its President. Lepore enjoys a strong following among editors and celebrities including Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker and Eva Longoria. There are currently six Nanette Lepore boutiques worldwide: New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, Tokyo and London. Nanette resides in Manhattan's West Village with her husband and daughter, Violet, age eight.
SOURCE Keds Corporation