Lepore said she remains heavily involved with the collection, but is excited about tapping into the design and merchandising talent at Peter Marcus Group.
“Fresh ideas come from working with fresh people to bounce ideas off of,” Lepore said. “Bill Baum sits with me and my shoe designer constantly. He is an expert at making sure everything is cohesive.”
As the brand puts more emphasis on footwear, it also is revamping the design of its retail stores to feature two to three times more selling space for shoes. In addition, a London distributor will begin selling the line in Europe following this month’s launch.
“There are tremendous opportunities in the current market, so the timing is just right,” said Grueterich, CEO of the Peter Marcus Group. “We look forward to making a significant contribution to building the brand’s shoe category.”