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Win a Pair of Jack Rogers!

Hello-Hello, we hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend.

Today we have a little surprise, something that we hope will brighten up your Monday and put a smile on your face: we are giving away a pair of Jack Rogers!

The sandals are legendary with most preps, seen throughout the year in warmer climates, worn a good eight months of the year in cooler climates.

Courtesy Jack Rogers

For those not so familiar with the brand, a bit of history via the folks at Jack Rogers:

“Born on the streets of Capri, the Jack Rogers Navajo sandal immigrated to America courtesy of style icon and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Kennedy favored its elegant ease as a relief from the formalities that her official life demanded.

First made by small, independent cobblers in and around Palm Beach, Jack Rogers put the sandal into expanded production in 1961. The Jack Rogers Navajo sandal was an immediate hit as it became available to fashionable women coast to coast.

Via Jack Rogers Pinterest

The classic whip-stitched sandals are now seen throughout the world, but the Jack Rogers Navajo sandal is still made by hand in Florida. Another look at the former First Lady in a pair.

Via Jack Rogers Pinterest

These days there are a lot more colors and styles to choose from.

Courtesy Jack Rogers

The line has grown to loads of other styles, there are oodles of options in the collection now, including the Pop Art Navajo by artist Kenny Scharf, Slim Ballet Flat and the Clare Wedge.

Jack Rogers

The company even has a smashing new flagship on the upper east side.

Jack Rogers

They also are a force for good, a donation from the sale of each pair of these Memorial Sloan-Kettering Navajos will go to the Cancer Center.

Jack Rogers

But today we focus on the Jack Rogers College Colors. Below we show several pair of Navajos that would be ideal for school functions at, oh, let’s say Clemson (L), or the University of Michigan (M), or the University of Oklahoma (R). There are several other schools where that red and white pair would also be ideal, including a University-that-shall-not-be-named-in-a-state-that-begins-with-the-letter-O.

Jack Rogers College Colors

The shoes retail for $105, we’re thinking Vanderbilt fans will like the pair on the far left, while those fond of N. Carolina will appreciate the pair in the middle, the Navajos on the far right will definitely hold some appeal for Florida fans.

Jack Rogers College Collection

Actually, these are fab whether you went to one of the schools or not, the color combinations are striking.

So down to business, the lucky winner will receive their very own pair of Jack Rogers Navajo sandals from the College Colors collection.  We admit to being excited about this giveaway, the sun is shining brightly, spring (and spring break!) is on the horizon, it’s the perfect time for a little fun and frivolity.  Here is how to enter:

  • For one entry, leave a comment with your favorite shoe Jack Rogers shoe style *other than* the Navajo;
  • For a 2nd entry become a Jack Rogers fan on Facebook & let us know you did (if already a fan, just include that info in your comment so you receive this additional entry);
  • For a 3rd entry, Tweet about the contest on Twitter & let us know you did (we’re on Twitter & love it);
  • For multiple additional entries, tell a friend! For each friend leaving a comment that mentions your name (or your blog or email or other means of identifying you) you receive two additional entries!

You can leave a separate comment for each entry, or put them all in one, whatever works for you. We’ll keep track of all this and pull the winner using a random number generator.

The contest ends this Friday night at Midnight, we’ll announce the winner on Monday. In the interim, you can you can even follow that cute Jack Rogers girl (seen below) on Twitter, or visit the Jack Rogers Facebook page, its Tumblr, and/or its Pinterest, they even have a board with nothing but photos of Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

Jack Rogers

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Jack Rogers Plans Huge Expansion

Hello-Hello everyone!

We start with news about a favored brand that is expanding their product offerings. Serious expansion. We’re talking about Jack Rogers, makers of the ubiquitous Navajo sandal seen below.

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

For those not familiar with the footwear, here is a brief explainer from this story in WWD:

“In resort towns like East Hampton and Nantucket, the Jack Rogers Navajo sandal has for decades been as much a part of the scene as tennis skirts and tunics. In the Sixties, the sandal was popularized by Jackie Kennedy.”

Those paying close attention to that photo probably already noticed something else: the new Jack Rogers slim ballet flat. Below we see another version of their new flat.

PHOTO: Thomas Iannacone/WWD

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

But new footwear isn’t the only thing on the drawing board for the company.  This story from Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.) offers more information about plans for the Jack Rogers brand:

“…sportswear, dresses, handbags, shoes, boots and a wider selection of sandals, and the first Jack Rogers retail stores, for the upcoming resort and spring seasons.”

The new merchandise will be available at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, along with 400 independent boutiques already selling the brand; the plan is to expand this footprint to include:

“…Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and other stores. Trousers, priced at retail at $170; cotton sundresses, $168 to $200; woven dress shirts, $148, and closed-toe shoes, generally $129 to $189, are among the items being offered. There will be also be some handmade, detailed ballet flats and items in more expensive skins, priced at $225. Shorts, T-shirts, purses, totes, clutches, jelly sandals, driving shoes, boots and moccasins are also being designed.”

On a personal level this is splendid news. But from a business perspective we are reminded of many recent brand extensions that have not fared well, many with disastrous results. The failed Ruehl stores Abercrombie opened so quickly come to mind, as do the continuing rumors that Crocs, following explosive growth, could soon file bankruptcy. Even smaller efforts like the Oilily expansion into the US was not successful.

However, there are several executives at Jack Rogers who possess solid resumes with experience at firms like Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap and Tory Burch. This leads us to hope that the broad brand extensions of the kind detailed above prove to be the exception, rather than the rule.  When we see the word ‘jelly sandals’ included in the new product line we cringe more than just a little.

Wondering where the new Jack Rogers stores might be going…?

“…. the first expected to open around February 2010 in Manhattan, followed by units in the Hamptons, and Palm Beach or Bal Harbour, Fla.”

We know quite a few folks who will be pleased with this news. Are you excited by the news? And thoughts on Jack Rogers Jellies?

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We close with a fun tidbit we saw on British Vogue’s site, news that Christian Louboutin has teamed up with Ladurée, the famed French macaroon and pastry house.

Courtesy Ladurée via Vogue UK

Courtesy Ladurée via Vogue UK

The luxury shoe designer has created special boxes for all those delicious goodies, they will be available in the UK this September, no word yet on the possibility of anyone on this side of the pond being able to purchase the designs.

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