Launched with a resort 2016 collection, cofounders Kari Sigerson and Eliza Axelson-Chidsey developed Alumnae as an understatedly luxurious brand designed to elevate an enduring wardrobe. Drawing upon an unwavering commitment to great craftsmanship and a shared affection for fine leatherwork, the design trio’s offering of eminently wearable staples is an assortment of streamlined women’s flats imbued with boyish undertones. Exquisitely handcrafted in Italy from smooth calfskin and kid suede, clean-lined loafers, pointy-toed mules, and slip-on sandals set on sleek low stacked heels make a practical yet polished statement. Cleverly finished with refined lace-up detailing, minimalist ankle boots and strappy sandals convey a refined structural simplicity. Rich jewel tones add a vivid jolt to paired-down dressing while mottled pony hair exhibits a tactility that showcases the young label’s acute attention to textures.
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