Stepping toward panache




Suit-and-tie guys don’t have a lot of real estate to accessorize: the wrist, the lapel and occasionally the left breast pocket. That’s why a recently launched collaboration between Cole Haan and Hook & Albert caught our attention with a la carte leather shoe tassels that quickly convert traditional loafers into nattily tasseled versions of themselves.

According to a company representative, Cole Haan, a Maine-based brand that’s been making footwear since 1928, approached the Hook & Albert folks, who brought the boutonniere business back to full bloom a few years back with knit lapel flowers, about stepping up the flair factor in men’s dress shoes.

The resulting accessory consists of a copper-colored, coin-shaped metal disc that anchors a colored leather tassel.