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Frye Dips Into Its Archives For New Vintage Western Collection

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* Iconic American footwear brand looks back this season
* 11 styles based on vintage designs
* Western-inspired looks for men and women

When it comes to leather boots, there’s no better bootmaker than Frye. For more than 150 years, the company has been at the forefront of authentic, well-crafted footwear. Now, Frye is looking back at its storied history for its latest collection.

From Footwear News:
American footwear and accessories brand Frye is introducing Western Reissue, a men’s and women’s collection inspired by its archival looks.

The 11-style line is based on vintage designs dating back to the 1940s and includes the women’s Firebird, introduced after World War II, and the men’s Graham Stitch Tall, from the ’60s. “We have a strong archive of Western looks and felt it was time to bring these iconic styles back,” said a company spokesperson. The line, made in Mexico, is being soft-launched this month in Frye stores, with wider distribution slated for May at retail prices from $398-$898.

Handcrafted from rich, full-grain leather and emblazoned with a python-embossed American eagle overlay, this is cowgirl cool at its finest. Handcrafted from rich, full-grain leather and emblazoned with a python-embossed American eagle overlay, this is cowgirl cool at its finest.

Handcrafted from soft Italian suede, this boot harks back to the Wild West with a rich, textured chestnut color and handsome stitching. Handcrafted from soft Italian suede, this boot harks back to the Wild West with a rich, textured chestnut color and handsome stitching.

Frye launched in 1863 when founder John A. Frye, opened the doors to his own shop in Massachusetts. In 1888, the first boots manufactured under The Frye Company name were introduced to consumers on a wide scale.

A smooth, polished Italian leather boot in cognac. With a rounded toe and subtle top-line stitching, it's a versatile boot you'll take out again and again. A smooth, polished Italian leather boot in cognac. With a rounded toe and subtle top-line stitching, it’s a versatile boot you’ll take out again and again.

The Frye story continues into World War II, when U.S. serviceman — including General Patton — wore the sturdy designs. Fast forward to the ’60s, when Frye did custom orders for high-profilers including Jackie Kennedy, Barbra Streisand, Walt Frazier, Carole King and Liza Minnelli.

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