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J. Benzal launches Euro-inspired shoe line

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Store owner Mamadou “Ben” Diallo looked to Europe to find inspiration for J. Benzal’s first shoe line. This shoe, and others, can be found at jbenzal.com/collections/shoes. (Submitted photo)

Store owner Mamadou “Ben” Diallo looked to Europe to find inspiration for J. Benzal’s first shoe line. This shoe, and others, can be found at jbenzal.com/collections/shoes. (Submitted photo)

By Alec Johnson

J. Benzal has launched their own product this spring of something that they didn’t have previously: shoes.

Starting this spring, the luxury menswear store is launching its own shoe collection. They are meant to complement J. Benzal’s custom suits, shirts and ties.

Store owner Mamadou “Ben” Diallo is excited to finally have shoes for his customers, who previously had to look elsewhere. He looked to Europe for answers.

“I did several trips to Europe. Went to Italy, Spain and Portugal, talked with different manufacturers and was lucky enough to secure some manufacturers and secure some shoes,” Diallo said.

J. Benzal’s shoe collection has ten original styles, ranging from classic wingtips and loafers to more fashion-forward professional work boots. Each shoe is handcrafted in Europe from calfskin leather. They come in colors of caramel browns, blacks, olives and blue suede.

“I think it will definitely help sales. The goal is to have J. Benzal as a one-stop shop for the man of style,” Diallo said.

These shoe and suit styles reflect what clothing Diallo likes in his closet. He likes to share his sense of style with his customers. Plus, he believes in helping his customers find their style, whether its high school kids getting fitted for prom, college graduates looking for an interview suit or young professionals looking for work clothing.

J. Benzal has come a long way from its beginnings in 2008 at Mass Ave., and its second store opening at Carmel City Center in 2013. Diallo hopes to keep expanding J. Benzal and open a new store every year or two.

“It’s great to be here in Indiana, and we are a local brand. Everybody’s welcome to our establishment, and we’ll do our best to take care of our customers, make them look good and help them find the style they’re looking for,” Diallo said.

For more information on J. Benzal’s clothing and shoe lines, visit http://www.jbenzal.com/, or call 222-1216 for the Mass Ave location, or 805-1879 for the Carmel location.


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