After curating a special exhibition of men’s brands at the August 2011 Project trade show, Nick Wooster found himself involved in a number of exclusive collaborations, the fruits of which were on display at the most recent edition of Project. He worked with labels such as Globe-Trotter, Want les Essentials de la Vie and Orlebar Brown to create special bags, tanks and underwear. But first, said the former Neiman Marcus men’s fashion director, came shoes. Wooster teamed with high-end New York men’s shoe shop Leffot and Alfred Sargent to create a camouflage boot and oxford. Wooster credits Leffot owner Steven Taffel with helping to get the project started. “We did it together,” he said. “I live across the street, so I’m in the store a lot. But this was the first time I’ve put my name on [a design].” The shoes were available to retail accounts at Project and also will be sold at Leffot.
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