A trolley met bloggers and fashion media at a select location in Dumbo ( ok, the F train at York Street), and whisked everyone to the Navy Yards where the distillery is located. The lovely 113 year-old Paymaster Building, all red brick and angles, was lit up and there was a catwalk outside hinting at a runway show later in the evening.
Once inside, revelers were directed upstairs (and away from the actual working distillery on the first floor) into an exposed bring walled, wood floored environment that offset the rugged designs of the shoes on display. There was a table offering red or white wine, cheese and fruit platters, and a counter where whiskey and moonshine could be tasted and purchased. Kings County Distillery. Strewn around on shelves and slatted wooden boxes, the displays reminded us that American history is full of these juxtapositions: style and moonshine nestled together companionably.
After an hour or so of sipping and networking, the runway show started up outside. Along with the footwear, models wore denim ensembles from Agave. The models weren't just the usual suspects either. Nestled among the runway veterans Like Brett David, were people from the Cat Footwear 'Earthmover' campaign, which draws attention to extraordinary people changing the world that they live in. People like Alexi Panos and Tennille Amor, who started E.P.I.C (Everyday People Intitiating Change), Luke Lambert the Caterpillar's Nascar Crew Chief, and King's County Distillery master blender Nicole Austin.Actor/singer Tyler Hilton even gave us a song after the show was over.
Styles ranged from lug soled camouflage 90s throwbacks the Megs and Helena styles (coming ss2014), to the tough and bikerish 'Liv'. Men's styles went from classic leather boots like the Orson, to a more dandyish shoe like the Dougald. My favorite women's styles were the Ashlynne, a wedge in dark chocolate colored leather, the Mae, a high lace up boot in cordovan red, and the Rita, a low slung relaxed bootie that would look great with leggings, skinnies, or textured tights. Oh, but then there was the Stella granny boot, soon to be available in black. Thanks to a coupon in our goodie bags, I ended up getting the Corinne. I loved the high, riding boot style.
With prices ranging from $60 to $220, the shoes are well within the reach of the average fashion conscious New Yorker, and will look amazing on urban streets. Already popular outside of the US, Cat Footwear is set to take the city by storm!