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Kenneth Cole's Luxury Endeavor

Like many of America's most successful designers, Kenneth Cole had a very humble beginning. After spending most of his money making shoes in Europe, he returned to New York and filed for a film permit under the name Kenneth Cole Productions. With that permit, he was able to park a trailer in the city and began selling his shoes on the street. Years later, he's a retail success with his Kenneth Cole New York and Kenneth Cole Reaction lines. Last night, he celebrated his latest line, Kenneth Cole Collection, a high-end, high-design addition to his stable of brands.

While the spring collection's got a modern-urban feel that embodies the Kenneth Cole aesthetic, the designer also made lots of references to North African and Middle Eastern design with plenty of layering and lots of intricate beading. The best piece in sight? We're gonna have to go with a white beaded vest, which seemed to cause quite the stir on our Instagram.

Kenneth Cole Collection will be available in next spring at Kenneth Cole retail locations.