Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon Talks Minnetonka Collaboration

Minnetonka x Opening Ceremony
Minnetonka x Opening Ceremony.
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Iconic moccasin brand, Minnetonka Moccasin and hip retailer Opening Ceremony, are teaming up for the first time for an exclusive collection of moccasins, slippers and booties, available for sale on Oct. 20.

The series includes a range of looks that combine Minnetonka’s iconic silhouettes with a playful touch by Opening Ceremony.  Included in the offering are men’s, women’s, children’s and infants’ styles.

There’s also a novelty “mommy and me” capsule collection of women’s and kids’ moccasins in bordeaux, chocolate and black. While the women’s are embellished with colorful Swarovski crystals, the kids’ moccasins feature a twist on the classic Minnetonka Thunderbird beaded moccasin, with Opening Ceremony’s torch emblem or smiley face beads embroidered on the vamp.

The collection ranges from $60 to $145. All shoes can be purchased individually or in a gift pack at Minnetonkamoc.com, Openingceremony.us and Opening Ceremony stores.

Here, Opening Ceremony’s co-creative director, Humberto Leon, shares his thoughts on the collaboration.

What led to the collaboration with Minnetonka?
HL: Both Carol and I grew up in the suburbs as huge fans of Minnetonka shoes — I still remember buying my first pair of moccasins at the mall ages ago, and I can’t wait for my twin girls to wear the shearling slippers we made with Minnetonka when the weather gets cold. Over the years, we’ve always loved this heritage brand that created comfortable American staples​ for women, men, and kids alike, ​so when my team and I were brainstorming on brands that we wanted to partner with to create the perfect holiday gifts for the whole family, Minnetonka was an obvious and meaningful choice for us.

What’s the inspiration behind the Minnetonka x Opening Ceremony collection?
​HL: We wanted to keep with the “brand for the whole family” image that Minnetonka conveys, so we designed with that in mind. We looked to classic aviator jackets for inspiration, with black and brown pebbled calf leather and shearling lining. We also added a sporty element with checkered puff nylon laces. For women, we wanted to elevate the classic Minnetonka moccasin style with bordeaux and black calf leather and swarovski crystals. The kiddies got a special twist on Minnetonka’s iconic beaded “Thunderbird” moccasins, swapping up the bird emblem with either the classic Opening Ceremony torch logo or a smiley face. As a whole, we really wanted to celebrate some of Minnetonka’s most famous styles with an Opening Ceremony twist.

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