The Sundance Film Festival opened last Thursday, Jan. 20, with the world premiere of the bittersweet comedy “Happy Endings,” whose star-studded cast dropped by the Premiere Film & Music Lounge the following day and visited the etnies booth. Don Roos, the film’s writer and director, grabbed a pair of the brown and tan Callicut, and Lisa Kudrow, who stars in the film, picked out a pair for her son, who she said would love a pair since he’s really into etnies. Brit Steve Coogan asked for the brown and tan Arto pro-model shoe in a UK size 9 because he wasn’t quite sure what his U.S. shoe size was. He was pleasantly surprised to learn that etnies is distributed internationally, so we not only have U.S. sizes listed on our shoe boxes, but UK and Euro ones too. He also took a hoodie in size medium after modeling a small one for his fellow “Happy Endings” cast mates, who made sarcastic remarks about him not fitting into it. etnies owner Pierre Andre Senizergues was on hand to meet the stars, and chatted with Maggie Gyllenhaal, another star of the film.
Jenny McCarthy also stopped by the both on Friday and fell in love with a limited edition red and silver etnies Plus Slip in size 8. Her sister, Amy McCarthy, had come in right before her and snagged a brown and pink retro-inspired sneaker called the Kitt. D.J. Qualls, a star of “Hustle & Flow,” stopped by the etnies booth and hung out for awhile with his friend, Mike, before choosing a brown and tan etnies Callicut in size 11. Taryn Manning got very excited about our limited edition etnies Plus Golf Slip in camouflage and silver. Normally the shoe isn’t worn with socks since it’s a wedge; however, she joked around that she is a “sock person” and will definitely be wearing socks with hers.
On Saturday, Bijou Phillips picked out a pair of the etnies Plus Slip, while Shannon Elizabeth got some help trying on her new pair of blue and black Kitt from her husband, Joseph Reitman, who also picked up a pair of etnies for himself. Stars from “The Apprentice 3” also came by, including Kristen Kirchner, who took some time to pick out her new etnies.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick specifically came into the Premiere Lounge celebrity hangout on Sunday because their kids love etnies. Kevin picked up a brown and tan Arto pro-model shoe in size 10 for his son, Travis, and one for himself in a size 10.5. Kyra admired the camouflage and silver etnies Plus Golf Slip shoe for her daughter, Sosie, and asked for one in a size 6. John Leguizamo didn’t stop to try on his shoes, but took a men’s size 8 black and white Arto pro-model shoe. Cole Williams from “8 Simple Rules” got a pair of shoes as well.
Sunday night, the etnies crew headed over to the Blender Magazine-sponsored Ludacris concert, where we saw etnies Girl and ThirtyTwo rider Alexis Waite, who said she planned to go snowboarding the next day. On Monday morning, we found a bleary-eyed Ludacris hanging out by the etnies booth. We heard that Snoop Dogg and his entourage had chilled by the etnies booth before and after his performance Sunday night, which is probably why his tour manager came back the next day to get three pairs of The Tip. We can’t argue with his taste in shoes.