Tailored Brands designer Joseph Abboud dropped a capsule of artisanal, high-end footwear with Allen Edmonds to celebrate the pair’s shared commitment to both made-in-the-USA footwear and products that “stand the test of time.”
The collection features 18 different styles, each a take on well-known classics in traditional but eye-catching colorways like “rich espresso” and “burnished whiskey.” The limited-edition drop was released as a contribution to Allen Edmonds’ “Artisans of Freedom” program, which was created to extol American-made products with “ingenious design and quality manufacturing.”
“I am honored to collaborate with a company with as rich of a heritage as Allen Edmonds, that shares the same beliefs in American made quality and manufacturing as I do,” Joseph Abboud said of the collection.
According to the brand, each style in the Joseph Abboud x Allen Edmond’s Artisans of Freedom capsule is made in the Allen Edmonds factory in Port Washington, Wisc. A representative for Joseph Abboud told Sourcing Journal that the capsule also features suedes and waxed suedes from Charles F. Stead & Co., a respected tannery in the United Kingdom, while calf leathers were sourced from a selection of French tanneries.
Although Allen Edmonds was responsible for sourcing these materials, Joseph Abboud selected both the lasts and specific leathers for each style.
“Style and substance intertwine as innovative construction and rugged materials are re-imagined in classic silhouettes,” the designer brand explained. “Leathers range from premium calfskin to pebble grain to waxed suede, and include monk straps, cap toes, wingtips, loafers and chukka boots.”
Every style contains a 360-degree bench welt construction to increase durability, along with custom cork insoles that the brand said is designed to naturally mold to the shape of the foot over time.
The collection is currently available for sale at the Joseph Abboud flagship location in Manhattan and through the e-commerce sites for both brands, although the full collection is only available through Joseph Abboud.
Allen Edmonds also patronizes made-in-the-USA knitwear production via Tailored Industries, a Brooklyn-based business.