Cole Haan Launches Global Innovation Center

Cole Haan, an American footwear and accessories brand, will open its Innovation & Sports Lifestyle Design Center, located at its global headquarters in Greenland, New Hampshire. Over the past two years, Cole Haan has successfully re-established its reputation for high-quality footwear for men and women.
"Cole Haan has been an innovator for 85 years," says Jack Boys, CEO of Cole Haan. "This has put us at the forefront of the footwear industry. With the opening of our Global Innovation Center, we elevated our commitment to bring creative disruption to the marketplace."
With the brand's introduction of ZeroGrand – a product launched in July 2014 – Cole Haan continues to revolutionize the footwear industry, integrating innovation and craftsmanship in an engineered product that is the lightest and most flexible shoe the brand has ever created.
At the heart of ZeroGrand is Grand.OS, a design platform which brings style, comfort and functionality to Cole Haan products – and focuses on weight reduction, flexibility and responsive cushioning. Combined, these three paths of innovation have put ZeroGrand at the top of the company's best-seller lists for men and women.
The Global Innovation Center will enable Cole Haan to aggressively expand its offering of ZeroGrand products for men and women. This division will also join with best-in-class partners and manufacturers to deliver an integrated collection of lifestyle products for the active consumer globally. Leading the center's vision and team will be Scott Patt, a 20-plus year design veteran of branded apparel and footwear. Patt is a pioneer in the industry with achievements in fashion as well as athletic footwear and sportswear brands, where innovation was a driving force.
"Cole Haan will continue to dare to be bold, while honoring our tradition of crafting iconic American lifestyle products," says Andrew Dubin, CMO at Cole Haan. "The brand will continue to grow and revolutionize with innovation."
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