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A.S. 98 celebrates its US debut: A brand that embraces unparalleled design

Boots from the Fall 2014 collections
Boots from the Fall 2014 collections
Lesley Reider

Last Wednesday, A.S. 98, an Italian footwear and handbag brand, celebrated its US debut at the Red Room in East Village. A.S. 98 produces shoes and accessories made with naturally tanned leather for people who are constantly on the move and who appreciate ultimate comfort, unique design and craftsmanship. The design pattern of the leather evolves with wear, giving off a genuinely original look. The brand’s Fall 2014 collections were on display and included a women’s collection of ankle boots, tall boots, and handbags as well as a men’s collection of assorted boots.

Highlights from the women’s collection included brick red tall boots, brown ankle boots with decorative ankle zipper details, brown tall boots with buckle details, and a black leather handbag with multiple straps. Highlights from the men’s collection included black hiking boots with shoelaces, brown western boots with buckle details, and brown ankle boots with studs and side zipper details. The average price points for women’s boots are $350-$450 and the average price points for the men’s boots are $250-$400. The Fall 2014 collections will be available at the end of August. What an innovative assortment of footwear and accessories!