guys donít have a lot of real estate to accessorize
ó the wrist, the lapel and occasionally the left
breast pocket. Thatís why a recently launched
collaboration between Cole Haan and Hook & Albert
caught our attention with a la carte leather shoe
tassels that quickly convert traditional loafers into
nattily tasseled versions of themselves.
to a company representative, Cole Haan, a Maine-based
brand thatís been making footwear since 1928,
approached the Hook & Albert folks, who brought the
boutonniere business back to full bloom a few years back
with knit lapel flowers, about stepping up the flair
factor in menís dress shoes.
resulting accessory consists of a copper-colored,
coin-shaped metal disc that anchors a colored leather
tassel. The disc is designed to fit neatly into the
penny slot of a penny loafer to add a dash of panache to
no-hassle tassels are offered in 10 shades ranging from
subtle black, chestnut and ivory to not-so-subtle tango
red, chambray blue and metallic gold.
tassels, which are handmade and hand-finished, rolled
out to retail in mid-February and sell for $19.28 a pair
at Cole Haan stores and on both brandsí e-commerce
to shoe designers such as George Esquivel who are
offering up less than traditional shades of shoes (lime
green suede, flamingo pink leather) and embellishments
like colored shoelaces and these tassels, it looks as if
men might be realizing that making a personal style
statement doesnít stop at the sock.