During this past New York Fashion Week in September, Havaianas unveiled the new Michael Bastian + Havaianas Collection at Bastian’s spring 2011 show. It is a designer collaboration, inspired by a shared passion for casual luxury. “I’ve always been a big admirer of Havaianas”, said Michael Bastian. ‘’They’ve become a global brand by focusing on one thing, but doing it simply and perfectly. It’s a real honor and incredibly fun to have this chance to work together.” The Michael Bastian + Havaianas Collection features four styles inspired by two distinct motifs that feature prominently in his Spring 2011 Men’s Collection—deep sea exploration and an exclusive leopard/camouflage pattern. The scuba influence is exhibited in two sandals featuring neon orange and yellow with diver graphics, and a matching stripe on the sole, while the leopard camouflage is printed on the foot bed in two color ways—military olive and slate gray and enhanced with a Michael Bastian brand logo pin. “Havaianas became a fashion brand by constantly introducing new interpretations of our core sandals,” said Afonso Sugiyama, president of Havaianas USA. “Michael Bastian has a unique talent to infuse fresh perspectives into our classic sandal design, and we are very excited to work with him. This collaboration will be a highlight of our renewed Men’s line.”
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