It's Spring! (Yay). Well, its been officially 'spring' for a while now but the few spells of arctic conditions and interruptions from the beast from the east we've had recently have begged to differ. Being a woman in business and practically living for workwear and a good solid court shoe the majority of the time, this week it was rather refreshing to get the wake up call that it is now one hundred percent flip flop and getaway season! I was excited to go back to one of my loves; the city of Manchester to attend the Ipanema with Stark SS18 collaboration launch event at Hervia Luxury Boutique in Spring Gardens.
“The Ipanema with Starck collection is the perfect balance between industrial production and artisanal savoir-faire”
If you're familiar with Ipanema you will already know they are a fun and really chic Brazilian made sandal and flip flop line which was named after one of the most famous beaches in the world. Creative prints with intricate straps are what we might see in some of the more stand out Ipanema designed sandal so I was looking forward to seeing what difference the influence of French creator, designer and architect Philippe Stark would have on the brand. One thing that the two visions of Stark and Ipanema share is an appreciation and concern for environmental implications as the Ipanema flip flops is well known to be made from a 100% recyclable flexpand plastic and this collection also reflects that by using 100% recyclable materials.
“The Ipanema with Starck collection explores the territory of high elegance paired with the utmost minimalism. When you reach elegance with a pounds or dollars, it is no longer magic; it is a modern miracle.”
The new styles are a fresh take on past models with Stark approaching it with the human body in mind, appreciating the movement in harmony with human nature. What we have received is the best of both words in this collaboration. This collection brings together the soft and durable materials and craftsmanship of classic Ipanema Sandal, with the very clean and chic almost futuristic shape and style from Stark. I love the minimalistic and clean look of the flip flop and I was lucky enough to get my hands on the 'Ting X Thong' style in White, but there are up to six different styles to choose from with colour variations and two unisex models going up to US size 13.
Who needs a boardroom? I'm heading to the beach!