Maria Sharapova's First Volley in the World of Fashion

    Tennis Icon Debuts Signature Fashion Collection by Cole Haan in New York
    City on Eve of The US Open

    NEW YORK, Aug. 28 /CNW/ -- Maria Sharapova's latest volley is in the
world of fashion!


    Just days before taking the court for the US Open Championships,
twenty-two year old tennis star Maria Sharapova unveiled her Maria Sharapova
by Cole Haan collection of handbags and footwear - at Rockefeller Center in
New York City.

    Fans, tourists, and onlookers burst into cheers as Sharapova was
introduced by celebrity MC Quddus on a specially constructed stage where Maria
unveiled her new advertising campaign for Cole Haan.

    "Everyone loves Maria. It's great to be working with her and adding a new
dimension to Cole Haan's history," states Jim Seuss, Chief Executive Officer.

    Children from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center's Junior
Tennis Development Program, New York Junior Tennis League, and the City Parks
Foundation were thrilled to meet their tennis icon.

    Sharapova's collaboration with Cole Haan began with sketches, mood
boards, and inspirations from the tennis star. Maria's on-the-go,
international lifestyle inspired this chic collection. Maria infused aspects
of her playful personality into every detail of the line from the polished
buckles of the shoes, to the leather wrapped chain straps of the handbags.

    "It's my hope that other young women will embrace the spirit of the
collection; it's fun, chic, fashionable and most importantly, able to take you
from day to night," says Sharapova.

    The Maria Sharapova by Cole Haan footwear collection, featuring Nike Air
technology, includes a ballet flat, an ankle-wrapped stiletto, a flat
over-the-knee boot, an ankle bootie and a strappy platform sandal. With prices
ranging from $138 - $328, the collection offers luxe options at an attainable

    Highlights of the handbag offering include a small frame clutch, a
lambskin hobo, and Maria's signature chain-link satchel in a range of
eye-catching colors. Each silhouette is characterized by an oversized pleating
detail, creating a luxe, yet casual feel. Prices range from $248 for a
convertible clutch to $428 for a lambskin hobo.

    About Cole Haan
    Cole Haan, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nike, Inc., is America's premier
style and luxury brand offering high-quality handcrafted men's and women's
footwear, accessories and outerwear. Each product blends craftsmanship, design
and innovation giving it distinctive character. In addition to its many retail
stores, consumers can experience all Cole Haan has to offer by visiting Cole Haan is headquartered in New York City and Yarmouth, Maine.


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