Take A Walk With These New FN PLATFORM Brands
This season, FN PLATFORM will welcome attendees with a whole new look and feel. Recently Leslie Gallin, president of footwear for Informa the parent company to FN PLATFORM, gave an exclusive interview to Footwear News about the changes stating, "The needs of the buyers and retailers are constantly evolving, and we take this seriously. We pay attention and listen, and are pivoting to provide the greatest overall experience."
Along with a move from the South Hall to the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and a new show design and décor elements, FN PLATFORM will focus on retailer and brand matchmaking opportunities and networking events.
To celebrate all of the new and exciting things FN PLATFORM has to offer, below are a few notable new brands to watch:
Canal St. Martin
Thanks to the leather flexibility, the gum resistance and the esthetic comfort of the rope, the espadrille sneaker become an evidence. The spirit of the brand Canal Saint Martin is born!The sneaker of your festival, your first date, your friend’s trip, your stylish party and your relaxed professional appointment.From the creation workshop in Paris, the hybrid sneaker is designed. Produced in Spain, it is the same ancestral expertise than the traditional espadrille. The sole in rope is sew with leather by hand.
Kwame Baah Brand's founder, George Kwame Baah, grew up in Ghana under impoverished conditions. He was blessed to make it to the USA as an adult, where he attended university and got a job as an engineer. Whenever he visited his family in Ghana, his desire grew to find an avenue to help raise them out of poverty. Recollecting his childhood experience of making his own shoes from recycled tires, he was inspired to begin a shoe company. His vision was to design shoes and employ men and women in Ghana to handcraft them for the US market.Thus, in 2011, Kwame Baah Brand was founded with the mission to provide sustainable, economically just employment for skilled artisans in Ghana. They blend contemporary design with traditional fabrics from Ghana producing quality handcrafted footwear that are comfortable, stylish, durable and affordable.
Buffalo Boots GmbH was founded in 1979 as a retail-business for cowboy boots. Back then cowboy boots were the most fashionable shoe wear for teens. The success of this retail-business lead to the distribution of the brand BUFFALO throughout Germany at first. Early in the 80-ies Buffalo Boots GmbH developed its first sport shoe which then had been sold extraordinarily successful in over 20 different colour combinations. On various international fairs Buffalo Boots GmbH then began offering a wider range of styles beside the cowboy boots. In 1995 Buffalo Boots GmbH created and developed a sport shoe line which, with its platform sole, was highly innovative in the international market. Since that time until today BUFFALO became one of the most well known brands in the European market. VIPs like SPICE GIRLS, CHER, MADONNA, N’SYNC and CAMERON DIAZ started wearing BUFFALO shoes.
GULER Shoes, established in 1968 by Mehmet Guler and his brothers could then manufacturer only 25 to 30 pairs of shoes a day. Today it has become a company manufacturing 500 to 700 pairs of shoes every day in the factories and equipped with the most advanced machineries and high technology. The Panucci brand, created in 1995, was created primarily for our exports. Afterwards, stores were opened in the direction of the requests and Panucci became a quality and well-known brand.
Easy B has bucked the trend with UK production increasing recently to cope with increased demand. Many of our shoes have been made at our Rushden factory, by experienced craftsmen with a sympathetic eye for detail. Look out for this symbol which shows that the style has been made in England.They are manufactured using our own custom-developed lasts, ensuring deep and wide toe boxes for a comfortable fit in the toe area. Many styles are adjustable in their design allowing for easy access or adjustment during wear. Many styles have removable insoles to allow for increased depth or to allow the insertion of your orthotic device.
The origins of Anaki Paris include a French trio. Yohann, the shoemaker, the manufacturer, but also Matthieu and Eva, the creatives, the inventors. A complementary and dedicated team, united by the passion of shoemaking and the will to make Anaki Paris a brand which knows that style is inseparable from expertise.
P448 is an Italian brand of shoes made to love, play and celebrate self expression. Since its inception by design duo Andrea Curti and Marco Samorè in 2014, P448 has been on a mission to combine the urban flair of hip-hop and grunge subcultures with accent of traditional Italian craftsmanship. Bold colors, rich textures and premium materials are combined into an electric kaleidoscope that allows men and women to express their individuality and inner freedom with absolute comfort and cutting-edge contemporaneity. In 2018, P448 expands its presence in Milan, Paris, New York and Hong Kong, and prepares to share its designer farther.
WALK London is a modern British brand passionate about delivering high quality, fashionable footwear. At WALK London we aim to create a truly exciting range of products for the fashion conscious man and we hope you share our passion for quality crafted footwear, and the WALK London lifestyle.
Choo Choo Shoes
Choo Choo Shoes are the hot new toy sensation that is sweeping the nation. Each Choo Choo Shoe has a speaker that plays the sound of a real steam locomotive every time the shoe is stomped. When you jump and land with your feet together, both shoes light up and you hear a train whistle. The treads leave the impression of train tracks in sand, snow, dirt or water for an added level of imaginative play. The batteries last 100,000 cycles and never need to be changed or recharged. Each shoe has an on/off switch. Choo Choo Shoes make a great birthday, holiday or any time gift, and are the perfect way to get kids moving for improved muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness.
In 1881, Antonio Cerruti founded a weaving workshop in Biella, an Italian town renowned for its rich heritage in quality wool and fabric production. From these roots, the Cerruti name has expanded from luxurious fabric to acclaimed fashion without ever losing sight of its core values emphasizing quality and style,craftsmanship and technology, with Nino Cerruti taking up the baton at the age of 20 in the 1950s. Over the decades, Cerruti 1881 has shown that good modern styling should not just be desirable and inspired, but also innovative and refined.In 1967, Nino Cerruti founded Cerruti 1881, creating a legendary impact on men’s ready to wear.Today, Cerruti 1881 produces an extensive line of ready-to-wear menswear that remains true to the brand’s distinctive ethos of fine fabrics, meticulous craftsmanship and intelligent design. Since October 2015, Jason Basmajian is the Chief Creative Officer. The range of products under the brand includes men’s and women’s fragrances, leather goods, watches and jewelery, as well as men’s eyewear, ties, shoes, underwear, loungewear and writing instruments.
Below is a list of additional new brands that will be attending the February 2019 show:
A.LIVE * ABC KIDS * AEROSOFT * AEROTHOTIC * ALA * ANAKI PARIS * AQUILA * BABINNI * BABY MOCCS * BAIA BAIA * BEIRA RIO CONFORTO * BLU BLONC * BUFFALO LONDON * BUFFALO * CANAL SAINT MARTIN * CERRUTI 1881 * CHATTAWAK * CHOO CHOO SHOES * DA BELLA * EASY B * ESSE * FRYE & CO * FRYE ACCESSORIES * GLAMOURSY HANDMADE SHOES * GRENDENE KIDS * H2K * HUGGOES * JOY AND MARIO * KWAME BAAH * LUCCHESE BOOTMAKER * MAEL * MAGO * MARTINO OF CANADA * MAZZARRI * MOLECA * MOLEKINHA * MOLEKINHO * MONAD BRAZIL * MOZO * NMD BRAZIL * P448 * PANUCCI * PILZ * PRETTY YOU LONDON * QUODDY * ROC BOOTS AUSTRALIA * SABATTER * SANITA * SAVA * SHOEBOY'S * SHOES FOR CREWS * SILENT D * SILVIO * TAMARA SIMONE * TOE WARMERS FROM CANADA * U:US * VIZZANO * WALK LONDON * WANDERLUST * ZATZ *
Don't miss your opportunity to see these new brands in person. Click here to register to attend!