June 24, 2020: For prefall ’20, Fendi has launched California Sky, a collaboration with Los Angeles-based visual artist Joshua Vides and Silvia Venturini Fendi. This follows on from July ’19’s Fendi Caffe and Peekaboo Bar pop-up at Harrods conceived in partnership with the artist. Vides who is known for his black and white marker style illustrations has given his signature cartoon-like treatment to a range of women’s, men’s and children’s ready-to-wear and accessories pieces. Collaboration footwear includes the brand’s signature Colibrì sling-backs, FF Fluid sock sneakers and slides. He has also reinterpreted a floral motif and reworked the Fendi stamps and FF logo.
June 23, 2020: As European borders open once more, By Far has launched a summer holiday inspired capsule with luxury retailer Mytheresa. The brand’s ’90s inspired square toe Marlene sandals, slouchy Baby Amber shoulder bag and signature “Friends” inspired Rachel bag have been reimagined in grained goat leather in exclusive colorways of bubblegum pink, tangerine orange, sunshine yellow and lagoon blue.
For high summer ’20, the Rachel also features an additional chain strap, a neat transition into the brand’s fall ’20 offering which comes replete with new chain detailing across bags and shoes alike.
The leathers have been sourced from a boutique factory just outside of Paris. The tanning process uses natural vegetable dyes so each color batch completely unique while retaining a strong pigment across all the shades. “After meeting with the owner and going through the samples we fell in love with the shine and how vivid each color looks — something extremely rare for this kind of finish,” the design team told FN. “The possibilities in terms of color are endless but we chose ours for their intensity,” they added.
Increasing national production is vital to boost the French economy so the initiative is also a way to support French factories and help them recover from the health crisis.
June 17, 2020: Havaianas has teamed up with Japanese streetwear brand, Mastermind, for a collab that includes a square flip flop. The Tradi Zori, which retails for $150, pays tribute to the traditional Japanese footwear style, the Zori.
The collaboration is a full-circle for Havaianas, whose original designs were also inspired by the traditional Japanese silhouette when the brand debuted in 1962.
The Tradi Zori from Havaianas x Mastermind combines the traditional rectangular form of the Zori with a cushioned flip flop footbed. The shoe is complete with Mastermind’s signature skull and crossbones logo and is available on the classic Havaianas sandal as well for $80. You can find both shoes on havaianas.com.
June 17, 2020: In a continuation of celebrating 60 years of iconic shoes, Dr. Martens has teamed up with the punk-inspired clothing brand, Pleasures, to reimagine its 1460 boot.
The Dr. Martens x Pleasures boot is inspired by the contrast of punk and new wave subcultures, two groups that incorporated the legendary lace-up shoe into their wardrobe back in the ’80s. Pleasures founder Alex James designed the boot using two contrasting materials, leather, and a polished patent to symbolize how Dr. Martens’ significance has spanned across different groups, styles and musical genres throughout the years.
The collaboration is a limited release that will be available on drmartens.com and through select partners starting on June 27.
June 12, 2020: Irregular Choice and Cloudco Entertainment, owner of the ‘80s Care Bears franchise, are launching a collection of footwear and accessories inspired by the whimsical bears. The 35-piece line highlights the bears’ belly badge powers and spreads the message of caring and friendship. Each piece incorporates rainbows, plush stars and sparkling gems. The footwear is available for adults, children and newborns. Retail prices for the entire offering ranges from $80-$150 for children, and $125-$300 for adults. It will be available for sale on June 26 online, and at select retailers.
June 10, 2020: Kenzo is reprising its partnership with Vans and launching a new footwear collaboration. Creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista has reimagined the Sk8-Hi high-top sneaker and the Old-Skool low-top sneaker in vivid, archival floral prints. Expanding on the skate inspiration is a capsule of ready-to-wear pieces and accessories including jersey items made with 100% organic cotton plus bob hats, baseball caps, backpacks and bags. Complementing the capsule is an exclusive limited edition skateboard created in collaboration with The Skateroom and 100% of the profits are being donated to a social skate project to empower at risk youth in Jamaica.
June 9, 2020: The latest Sergio Rossi srAddiction collection takes the form of a collaboration with Spanish espadrille label Manebí. The line features a selection of Manebí’s most well known styles reinterpreted with eclectic colors and detailing like logo laces, glitter fabric and crystal studs. “The post COVID era marks an opportunity for who wants to act with audacity and without fear. The collaboration with Manebí embodies this attitude, the juxtaposition of two different Italian Brands creating a modern product made for summer lovers,” said Riccardo Sciutto, Sergio Rossi CEO. “It’s a crucial step for me, because today more than ever, we must move in a smart way to reach our clients, bringing fresh energy to the brand,” he added.
June 4, 2020: Hip Parisian concept store The Broken Arm has been collaborating with Salomon for five years, putting a more fashion forward spin on styles rooted in mountaineering. Newest iteration started off as an alpine trail boot with protective, water-repellent spat but has been reimagined with tweaked proportions, adapted opening mechanism and color palette. An accompanying campaign lensed by Salvatore Caputo features additional collaborator, local Parisian florist Louis-Géraud Castor of Castor Fleuriste. He creates living arrangements for the boutique with locally sourced blooms from nurseries in the Ile-de-France region surrounding Paris which formed the backdrop for the shoot.
June 3, 2020: After a three year hiatus, Hyke has reunited with Adidas for a performance line featuring both apparel and footwear. Hyke has redesigned the Ultraboost running shoe in white, black, and khaki with tape hook closure and the marble graphic detail on the heel cap and mid sole. The collaboration also features the relaunch of the AOH 001 sneaker from the previous collection. This model is inspired by Haillet, which was a Stan Smith prototype and comes in both classic white and python. Matching apparel includes dresses, tops and leggings as well as accessories like hats. Following a pre launch at the adidas Originals Tokyo store and Isetan Shinjuku, the collaboration launches globally on June 13.
June 2, 2020: Amrose Paris has teamed up with Mira Mikati for a second time. The mismatched limited edition shoe features colorful childlike renderings of a tortoise and an elephant along with slogans ‘slow down’ and ‘there’s no rush’. All the brand’s footwear is hand crocheted by women in Kurdistan and the collaboration slip-ons come with a special hand embroidered mask to match. The idea is to promote slow fashion so each kit will only be produced on demand. Preorders are available between Thursday June 4 and June 25 from the brand’s website.