Suit-and-tie guys don't have a lot of real estate to accessorize. That's why a recently launched collaboration between Cole Haan and Hook & Albert caught our attention with a la carte leather shoe tassels that quickly convert traditional loafers into nattily tasseled versions of themselves.

According to a company representative, Cole Haan approached the Hook & Albert folks, who brought the boutonniere business back to full bloom a few years back with knit lapel flowers, about stepping up the flair factor in men's dress shoes.

The resulting accessory consists of a copper-colored, coin-shaped metal disc that anchors a colored leather tassel. The disc is designed to fit neatly into the penny slot of a penny loafer to add a dash of panache to each shoe.

The no-hassle tassels are offered in 10 shades ranging from subtle black, chestnut and ivory to not-so-subtle tango red, chambray blue and metallic gold.

The tassels, which are handmade and hand-finished, rolled out to retail in mid-February and sell for $19.28 a pair at Cole Haan stores and on both brands' e-commerce sites.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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