After honing her skills in footwear design at Reebok and Calvin Klein, Heather Williams has gone solo, launching H. Williams for fall ’09. Made in Italy, the collection, which retails from $495 to $1,400, features suede latticed peep-toe pumps and crocodile stamped gladiator booties. Pleated satin wristlet satchels, iridescent metallic python clutches and large shoulder bags retailing from $850 to $2,200 are also included in the offering. The full collection will be available at independent specialty boutiques beginning in September.
Edinburgh, Scotland-based Hunter Boot, best known for its rubber rain boots, is launching its first leather boot collection featuring water-resistant suede and leather styles priced from $225 to $525. Made in Italy, the collection comprises several styles for men and women, including riding boots with a back-zip closure and embossed “H” crest (at left), and suede lace-up ankle boots with a shearling lining. The collection will ship to select department stores, boutiques and Zappos.com in July. According to the company, additional footwear categories are likely to follow as it looks to build Hunter into a lifestyle brand. Hunter is owned by U.K.-based Pentland Group.