Christian Louboutin, Idris and Sabrina Elba team up again for collaboration – Footwear News
When Christian Louboutin collaborates, he makes sure it counts.
The French shoe designer teams up with Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina for another series of their capsule collection, “Walk A Mile In My Shoes”, a collaboration dedicated to diversity and inclusion and born out of the activism movement for social and racial justice 2020.
For the second iteration of the capsule, which debuts today, Louboutin and the Elbas turned to the couple’s African roots. A custom print called “Celebration” is made with three flowers: the Protea (the national flower of Somalia), the Cottonwood (the national flower of Sierra Leone) and the Desert Rose (the national flower of Ghana). The Elbas also worked with the designer to create a handful of new styles with special meaning: the Maryam sandal is dedicated to Sabrina’s mother and her Somali heritage, while the 2002SL sneaker is named after Sierra Leone – a part of Idris’ inheritance – and also includes his daughter’s date of birth.
Just as it did with its first capsule, launched a year ago, 100% of the proceeds from “Walk a Mile in My Shoes Season II” will benefit grassroots organizations dedicated to social equality. This year, Louboutin and the Elbas have chosen six programs centered on education, arts and youth empowerment, with funding in the United States focused on Art Start, a New York-based organization that harnesses the power of creative process to support historically marginalized youth.
The trio’s first collaboration last year was inspired by a visit Idris made to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Los Angeles, and was meant as a call to action in support of victims of police brutality and injustice. race in the United States, small farmers and their children in Somalia, disconnected and underserved young people in England, and orphaned children and girls in Sierra Leone.
The new collection includes 13 different shoe styles as well as three handbags, all available now on the Christian Louboutin website.
Christian Louboutin “Walk a Mile In My Shoes Season II” Maryam Wrap Heel Sandal, $945.