The Crypto men’s bag brand debuts footwear styles.
RETAIL PRICE: $145–$195 TARGET CUSTOMERS: Men 20 to 45 DISTRIBUTION: Boutiques and department stores Artist Vahap Avsar has found a new medium: men’s footwear. The native of Turkey launched his accessories career in the U.S. in 1995 with his Crypto collection of messenger bags made from recycled billboard ads. “It began as an art project,” he said. “I loved getting my designs on people’s shoulders.” For spring ’19, Avsar has added shoes, including Indonesianmade boots and athletic looks influenced by work, street and military fashion. “It’s for the stylish urban guy who likes to stand out and wants more than a sneaker from an established shoe company.” Avsar also continues to pursue his art, operating a gallery and retail space in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he plans to sell his footwear and more. The shoe line is slated for a January delivery and is available now for wholesale. —