The first drop of the Pink Dolphin x Puma “Wave of Glory Capsule” arrived on Sept. 17 at Pink Dolphin stores and via pinkdolphinonline.com, with a broader launch last Friday at Footaction, Puma Lab powered by Foot Locker, and City Gear. The latest collection between the streetwear brand and the athletic label produced two new iterations of the Blaze of Glory, a beloved style among sneaker enthusiasts.
“The Blaze of Glory has always been one of my favorite models from Puma,” Cena Barhaghi, co-founder of Pink Dolphin, told Footwear News. “It’s a little bit more of a progressive shoe — it’s a tech runner — and I was pretty excited they let us run with that model. We built all the apparel off the runner — the collection is all tech-runner futuristic, [and] it’s functional but we mixed in fleece to give it street style so it’s not super-sports.”
When brainstorming ideas for the collection, Barhaghi said he looked off-shore for inspiration.
“When we first conceptualized this particular collaboration, we started with a mood board, [and] everything was based off deep-sea corals. That’s where all the colors come from — an underwater theme,” he said.
Barhaghi and co-founder Neima Khaila visited New York City last Friday to discuss the collection with the press thanks to Footaction, a partner Khaila is particularly fond of.
“We’re particular about who we partner with as far as retailers, and they’ve been a world-class partner for us, doing a great job merchandising our stuff in a way that consumers can really understand where we come from and what we’re trying to accomplish,” he said.
Barhaghi also confirmed with FN that Pink Dolphin is working on another collaboration with Puma, this time using some of the brand’s new styles, which is expected to arrive in stores in February or March.