As FN previously reported, luxury UK retailer Browns, is set to open its first 12,000-sq.-ft. standalone shoe store this spring on Brook Street in the Mayfair district of London. And the store will stock drool-worthy exclusives from top names including Nicholas Kirkwood, Rupert Sanderson, Balmain and Alegandro Ingelmo, to name a few. Gentlemen will have an added incentive to shop the store’s ground level, which will be devoted to men’s shoes, complete with a lounge with complimentary coffee and wireless laptop servive.
Launched just this month from the makers of Generic Man is Generic Surplus, a line of men’s shoes aimed at sneaker fans. Like Generic Man, Generic Surplus is focused on classic shoe shapes and simple lines, but at lower price points. The five different styles, including a boat shoe and high-top, are made in Korea and retail for $58 to $70. Available until March through Urban Outfitters, the line will be available in wider distribution thereafter.