Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cooper To Helm House Of Last

Some of the first Beau Coops samples off the production line

NMI is an Australian-based fashion and footwear company with an extensive tradition, started in 1955 by the newly-emigrated Mr Nick Mascitelli. Half a century later and his two sons Rocco and David have turned the business into one of the most respected fashion and footwear houses in Australia. House and home to brands that range in scope from designer, European luxury labels, to street-savvy lifestyle brands, NMI offers Australasians access to a list of greats; names like Lagerfeld, C’n’C, Costume National, Galliano, Replay and more.

The company obviously has a fashion-forward approach as they recently appointed New Zealander Carrie Cooper (whose previous footwear design incarnations include Alexander McQueen for Puma, Eley Kishimoto, Bernhard Willhelm and most recently, Ksubi) to work with the Mascitelli brothers on a new portfolio. The new portfolio, under the umbrella company The House of Last, will focus specifically on design, development, production, sales, and licensing of unique, in-house designs - the first of which will be Carrie's own Beau Coops label. The range is in the sampling stage and will be available in NZ & Australia a little later this year. Congrats to NMI and Carrie on a match made in sole heaven.