Manolo Blahnik and BIRKENSTOCK Join Forces For Collaboration

Manolo Blahnik and BIRKENSTOCK Join Forces For Collaboration

Manolo Blahnik and BIRKENSTOCK Join Forces For Collaboration

Manolo Blahnik and BIRKENSTOCK have come together for a capsule collection that reimagines both brand's design origins.

Manolo Blahnik and BIRKENSTOCK have come together for a capsule collection that reimagines both brand's design origins.

Text: Natalia Finnis-Smart

Manolo Blahnik and BIRKENSTOCK have come together as part of their upcoming collaboration. The collection takes inspiration from BIRKENSTOCK's essence with that of Manolo Blahnik's to create especial designs. Each glamorous shoe style contains dazzling details filled with crystal embellishments for an overall regal ensemble. Its materials comprise of velvet and smooth leather with hues of fuchsia, blue, and black, reimagining BIRKENSTOCK's Arizona sandal and Boston slip-on clog with its crystal buckle inspired and designed by Manolo Blahnik.

This collaboration is not the first time the two houses have merged. For BIRKENSTOCK's Spring/Summer 2022 campaign, Manolo Blahnik and his niece Kristina Blahnik, CEO of the luxury fashion house were captured by photographer Jack Davison in Manolo Blahnik's first Old Church Street store in London, sporting the shoe.

In a press statement for V, Manolo and Kristina Blahnik and BIRKENSTOCK CEO Oliver Reichert expressed their sentiments about the collaboration. "Birkenstocks have been in my wardrobe since the very beginning (of time!!)," Manolo Blahnik shares. "I have loved and worn mine for many years. I am thrilled that we have been able to collaborate, fusing the Manolo Blahnik aesthetic with the everyday comfort of Birkenstocks is simply wonderful!"

Kristina Blahnik conveys the way in which both houses have the same fundamental values within their conceptualizations and brands altogether. "BIRKENSTOCK share both brand and core design values much like our own and it has been a joy to bring this to life in the new Manolo Blahnik for BIRKENSTOCK collection. Timeless, high-quality designs, crafted to be treasured and enjoyed is what we set out to create and I am delighted with the outcome. It is a privilege to cement our relationship further with BIRKENSTOCK through this collaboration, following the S/S 2020 Personality Campaign in which my uncle and I featured."

BIRKENSTOCK CEO Oliver Reichert highlights the collection's distinctive nature stating: "We are delighted to collaborate with Manolo Blahnik, whose unrivaled craftsmanship has long set the bar for shoemaking. This is a unique collection, fusing our trademark designs with the flair of Manolo Blahnik, to create pieces that embrace a bold and directional aesthetic that takes both to a new level."

Manolo Blahnik and BIRKENSTOCK is set to unveil the collaboration's first release at 1174.com, manoloblahnik.com, all Manolo Blahnik retail locations, and selected retailers worldwide from March 24th.

Credits: COVER IMAGE COURTESY OF MARC LILIUS. IMAGES COURTESY OF STEFAN SEILER

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