GAP EXPANDS ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH RENOWNED ACCESSORY DESIGNER PIERRE HARDY TO LAUNCH A COLLECTION OF WOMEN’S SHOES IN THE U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO – November 28, 2007— Gap today announced that it has expanded its partnership with accessory designer, Pierre Hardy, to bring a collection of women’s shoes to its U.S. stores. Gap Europe has already been working with the designer, having recently launched his first Gap Design Editions capsule collection for fall in its stores in the UK and France.
The U.S. collection, which will be the latest from Gap Design Editions, will feature an assortment of women’s shoes, from chunky platforms, to elegant flats and delicate sandals. Priced from $78 to $98, the collection will be available online and in select Gap stores nationwide beginning in February 2008.
“Above all, Gap is a real brand, with history, values and identity. It is really exciting to enter this new universe and challenge my creative talents,” comments Pierre Hardy.
Fresh for spring/summer’08, the collection consists of six styles, including a peep-toe wooden wedge with gladiator style straps that wrap at the ankle and fasten with a neat fabric covered square buckle. The wooden wedge comes in chambray, candy stripe canvas and an indigo print fabric. Also in the platform category, a stacked wooden heel with brown leather straps and brass buckle detailing. Among flat styles is a sleek Grecian double strap T-bar sandal available in antique brown, white, and metallic-gold leather.
"We’re delighted to have the opportunity to partner with a world-class talent like Pierre Hardy who has created a collection of beautiful shoes that compliment Gap’s casual American style,” said Marka Hansen, president Gap North America. ”This collaboration allows our customers to access Pierre Hardy’s signature style in a way that reflects Gap’s easy-to-wear aesthetic.”
About Pierre Hardy
Pierre Hardy is one of the most celebrated international accessories designers, whose career began with Christian Dior’s footwear collection in the early Nineties. He has collaborated with the most exclusive brands of fashion before launching his own label in 1999, adding men’s shoes and handbags a few seasons later.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading international specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Piperlime brand names. Fiscal 2006 sales were $15.9 billion. Gap Inc. operates more than 3,100 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Ireland and Japan. In addition, Gap Inc. is expanding its international presence with franchise agreements for Gap and Banana Republic in Asia and the Middle East. For more information, please visit gapinc.com.