Cole Haan started off in Chicago as a men’s only footwear line. Today it carries collections for men and women complete with an assortment of shoes, outerwear, accessories, handbags and carryalls. The fine craftsmanship it built its reputation on remains intact today despite some acquisitions over the years. It keeps an edge by still offering handmade leather shoes from Italy for the men’s line and collaborating with high profile designers like Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova whose been headlining women’s collections since 2009. Started in 1928 in Chicago, Cole Haan evolved when George Denney picked it up in 1975. Denny augmented the brand by starting a women’s collection in 1979. He remained the company’s president after Nike acquired the brand in 1988. Soon thereafter the Nike Air cushion technology was adopted into Cole Haan’s men’s and women’s collection bringing comfort to style.