Be&D was founded in 2004 by Be Inthavong and Steve Dumain. Their first design, the “Garbo”, became an international phenomenon and catapulted Be&D onto the scene as a new force in the luxury market. In July of 2009, Dumain assumed the role of sole Creative Director, starting with the Spring/Summer 2010 collection as well as the season’s runway collaborations noted below. Be&D’s atelier in New York’s Garment District continues in the hands-on tradition of storied European luxury houses. It is here that the brand’s day and evening bags, belts and small leather goods including wallets, keychains and pochettes are designed and produced four times a year - Autumn/Winter, Spring/Summer Pre-Fall and Cruise. Each sewer is trained in the intricacies that define Be&D to ensure that every piece is created with the strictest attention to detail and quality. This capability to manufacture in-house and locally helps for a shorter speed-to-market, giving the company the ability to fill re-orders often in less than 2-3 weeks. It also allows for bespoke services to private clients and special-orders for wholesale customers. In 2007, Be&D debuted their first shoe collection. With signature gold soles and a variety of heel heights, the line effortlessly compliments and merchandises with each season’s core offerings. Initially made in Italy with two main collections, production was recently moved to Brazil to accommodate the addition of two pre-collections, beginning with Cruise 2010.