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Sneaker enthusiast and collector Anthony Caruso, of Denville, NJ, stopped by the #HipNJ studio to show off some of his hip kicks! Caruso runs an Instagram page where sneaker enthusiasts can be featured showing off their super rare kicks. Caruso himself is an avid collector, owning more than 200 pairs! You can say that’s a ‘feet’ not everyone can accomplish!

Caruso brought with him his all-time favorites, while delving into the inside scoop of a budding culture of sneaker enthusiasts. He gave us a rundown of some of his collection, including the colorful Air Jordan Doernbecher 8, which were designed by a patient of the OSHA Doernbecher Children’s hospital. Every year, a child resident of the Ohio hospital gets the opportunity to design a shoe of their very own. These special sneakers can run up into the thousands to purchase!

Not just a collector, this artist sits behind the drawing board as well. He presented to us his very own sports-inspired shoe that he designed himself at the Nike Lab, showing off the ultra-rarities his collection contains!

Caruso, who has been accumulating sneakers since high school, explained the ethos of the community, as well as inflation by reselling to buyers who sometimes spend quite a bit trying to obtain unique footwear.

Interested to see his collection? Get a firsthand look at Caruso’s special assortment at the upcoming Denim Days festival, where he will present an exhibit for attendees!

To check out more of Caruso’s collection and to dive deep into the sneaker culture, you can follow his page on Instagram.


Valentine’s Day 2019 Hip List Pick: SKYPRO

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo is here to tell you about the latest Hip List gift pick for Valentine’s Day: SKYPRO!

Available at Zappos.com, SKYPRO is the leader in footwear for frequent flyers, professionals, and the aviation service industry. They are celebrating their 10th Anniversary by expanding as a lifestyle brand into the U.S. via Amazon, Shoes.com, ShoesCentral, and Zappos. Each style for men and women are handcrafted in Portugal to the highest standards earning them an IATA Certification – the world’s first and only certified footwear for aviation professionals. Consumers can trust that these shoes are the most comfortable, taking them through travels in style.

PS – the ingenious part – they are airport-friendly – no security alarms triggered – EVER! SKYPRO will take men and women through their travels easily as well as through their everyday lives.

For more information, visit WearSkyPro.com/us.

Want to win one of your own? Here’s how to enter our giveaway:

1) Follow #HipNJ on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIN.
2) Find our SKYPRO contest post.
3) Refer to the post’s rules. 

Cupid will be picking all of our Hip List Valentine’s Day winners on February 12th.

Good luck!

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California Closets’ Warm Soles

By Lisa Marie Latino

California Closets is about more than curating beautifully designed custom spaces; they believe in transforming lives through spirited philanthropic efforts.

Enter their unique partnership with Dress for Success, a national organization that empowers women to chase their dreams.  They offer a myriad of tools to help accomplish ultimate achievement, including professional attire.

California Closets’ North Jersey location recently wrapped up their “Warm Soles” promotion that benefitted Dress for Success’ Jersey City chapter.  They offered an incentive of up to 10% off new sales with the donation of professional women’s shoes.

We spoke to Melanie Statlander, marketing manager for CC North Jersey, about the “success” of this charitable venture.

LML: Congratulations on a great campaign! How did the idea come about?

MS: Thank you! Our corporate office started a nationwide program with Dress For Success. Typically, Dress For Success takes suits and other clothing for women who don’t have the means to purchase a professional-looking wardrobe for interviews and new jobs. However, the Jersey City chapter was in desperate need of some shoes to match! So in November and December, we collected new or gently-used professional shoes. To reward new clients with their participation, we offered a discount for every pair donated.

Over the course of the campaign, our designers collected over 900 pairs of shoes, which is amazing! They’re actually still trickling in as people clean out their closets for the new year.

LML: What types of shoes did people donate?

MS: It’s all over the map. We had people donate everything from Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik to brand new shoes from Payless. We got some really pretty heels, flats, boots, and fancy shoes that these women can wear for things other than work!

LML: Is this partnership with Dress For Success going to continue?

MS: The plan is to have our national partnership with Dress For Success to be an ongoing collaboration.  Some of the franchises are going to test a program for clothing donations from their clients, but that’s not ready to launch nationally yet.

LML: How was it like to personally participate in this campaign?

MS: I physically packaged 925 pairs of shoes. I still have a pile in my office that I have to box up today! It warmed my heart to see people going above and beyond to make this successful. It’s a fantastic charity all about women helping women, and I really like that.

California Closets North Jersey has showroom locations in Fairfield, Bernardsville and Ridgewood. For more information, visit CaliforniaClosets.com.

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