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November 05, 2012

Holiday 12 Cole Haan, Jen & Oli Chelsea Collection

Seven new variations of the Chelsea Pump for the festive season

On November 7th, 2012, Cole Haan will release seven new variations of its celebrated Jen & Oli Chelsea Pump: three Chelsea Ankle Strap Pumps and four Chelsea Strap Sandals. With a fresh set of colors and materials, this Holiday ’12 collection perfectly fits this festive time of year.

The Chelsea Ankle Strap Pump is presented in contrasting suede and mirrored metallic leather. The new combinations are marine blue suede and ice blue mirrored leather, midnight black and silver, taupe and champagne—boldly complementary designs, and just the shoe for striding through a busy New York party season.

The Chelsea Strap Sandal comes in two-tone combinations of mirrored leather: royal blue and silver, gold and holiday green, ice blue and rose pink, and champagne and fuchsia. Glossy and fun, it’s a versatile shoe that shines at work or play, day or night.

The Cole Haan, Jen & Oli Holiday ’12 Chelsea Collection will be available exclusively at Cole Haan SoHo; Opening Ceremony New York, Los Angeles and London; and select other leading retailers globally beginning November 7th, 2012.

Cole Haan’s design partnership with Jen Brill & Olivia Kim fuses timeless craft and signature innovation with modern New York style. The unique collaboration debuted in Fall ’12 with three exclusive versions of Cole Haan’s Chelsea Pump, each presented in four vibrant color combinations. 

“Jen and Olivia epitomize the unrelenting creative spirit of New York City,” said Cole Haan Creative Director, Phil Russo. “Their bold individual style, demanding lives and their understanding of our brand make them the perfect collaborative partners for Cole Haan.”

“Having grown up with the Cole Haan brand, there’s something super cool about this opportunity to make them once again part of our lives in a modern but traditionally respectful way,” added Kim.

The exclusive team-up combines the duo's downtown sensibility and fast-paced careers with Cole Haan’s effortless style and functionality. The pumps—a strap sandal, and an ankle strap pump—are a go-to for girls with on-the-run lifestyles. Uptown or downtown, this newly realized Chelsea collection is sleek and professional for both day and after dark.  “We run around New York City day and night and need shoes that can keep up with us,” said Brill. “The styles needed to be the perfect complement to any situation, any time of day, but with the ‘wow’ factor reaction—like, 'Wow! Those shoes are awesome!’”

Working with Cole Haan Design Director Ann-Marie Mountford-Chu, the team tapped into Cole Haan’s rich history and product archive and channeled contemporary inspirations and design techniques to create a striking and versatile collection. Elegantly constructed silhouettes and carefully considered design details—such as shortened lasts, exaggerated down curves and increased height on chunky heels—create modern and exciting interpretations of timeless Cole Haan styles. 

Not just eye-catching, the collection includes pragmatic innovations that make the shoes fit fast-paced lives. “They obviously have to be cute,” said Kim, “but living in New York City, they also have to be wearable and feel good. This was really important to us both, and something we knew Cole Haan could make happen.” Featuring innovative cushioning in the forefoot and 120mm heel, paired with a memory foam sock bed, each style presents unrivaled fit and flexibility—delivering a stylish solution for New York life where days are long and nights often longer.

The Cole Haan, Jen & Oli Chelsea Strap Sandal ($428)

The first shoe designed in the collection, the Chelsea Strap Sandal takes inspiration from a women’s slotted leather fisherman sandal by Cole Haan from the mid 1990s—a personal favorite of both Brill and Kim. 

The Cole Haan, Jen & Oli Chelsea Ankle Strap Pump ($428)

This open-toe sandal features a high vamp inspired by a 1970s Cole Haan clog, but carefully cumbered to provide a curved, more refined profile. Featuring a covered buckle, the Chelsea Ankle Strap Pump is designed to sit lower on the ankle, delivering a more elegant and feminine silhouette.


A native of New York’s Upper East Side, Jen Brill studied fine art at Parsons The New School for Design and SVA. A constant presence in NYC’s creative community, she has managed fine art photographers commercially, including Hanna Liden, Richard Kern, and Katy Grannan, as well as represented fashion photographers and stylists such as Mel Ottenberg, Theo Wenner, and Max Farago. Currently a creative consultant, Brill has worked with brands that range from Proenza Schouler and Opening Ceremony to Chanel. She also serves on the board of non-profit organization RxART, collaborating with major contemporary artists on its hospital installations and commissioning them for the charity’s annual coloring book Between The Lines.

An influential figure in the New York fashion industry for the past ten years, Olivia Kim, Opening Ceremony’s VP of Creative, sets the vision and mood for the label’s ready to wear collections and its growing retail fleet, as well as the company’s visual identity. Overseeing Opening Ceremony’s collaborative partnerships, which have included Chloe Sevigny, Rodarte, Levi's, Agnes B., and Nike, she has also played important roles launching emerging designers Pamela Love, Suno, and Patrik Ervell. Olivia resides in Chinatown with her French bulldog named Secret Spy.

Designed to move effortlessly through ever-changing city terrain, Cole Haan’s innovative Chelsea Pump provides unrivaled cushioning, flexibility and fit.  Featuring a memory foam sock bed and new, more flexible airbag technology, the enhanced construction techniques, improved fit, and lightweight materials better meet urban anatomical demands.  A stylish solution to the rigors of city life, the Chelsea heel delivers fashionable staying power for long days, with even later nights.

Founded in 1928, Cole Haan is an iconic American designer and retailer of premium men’s and women’s footwear. Driven by craftsmanship, style and design innovation, Cole Haan products are intelligently constructed to conquer the streets of New York City.