As ColeHaan continues to rewrite the book on comfortable formal footwear with the LunarGrand, we're excited to see today's anouncement of the Fragment Design collaboration. Building off the original suede wingtip and leather chukka, Fragment's Hiroshi Fujiwara—of Nike HTM fame—introduces three additional colorways in two new leather treatments, each embossed with the Fragment Design logo.
Presented in Fragment Design's trademarked black upper with white outsole, the Scotch grain leather wingtip and chukka feature a distinct pebble grain texture to set the benchmark for subtle sophistication. Conversely, the black, putty and neon pink colorway takes a bolder, more forward-thinking approach. Inspired by Fujiwara's desire to design a saddle shoe, the shoe is constructed of rich corrected-grain leather—buffed to reveal a uniform surface—with waterproof coating. As a solution to his design temptations, Fujiwara cleverly integrated the contrast coloring into the readily available wingtip silhouette for a contemporary take on the iconic spectator shoe.
For the final colorway of the collaboration Fujiwara presents an additional corrected-grain leather LunarGrand wingtip, this time in a putty-colored upper with a blue sole. Although the bright soles of the LunarGrands seem to push the brogues towards a more playful position, the traditionally welted soles remind the wearer—and anyone with a discerning eye—of the classic craftsmanship that goes into each pair.
The Cole Haan & Fragment Design LunarGrand wingtip and chukka will officially launch in store at Cole Haan SoHo on Friday, 13 July 2012. The Chukka will sell for $328 while the wingtips will be available for $298. For a more full look at the Hiroshi Fujiwara designed LunarGrands see the slideshow.
Detail images by Graham Hiemstra