What makes a pair of flip-flops the talk of the town? Well, for starters, when they're stamped with a unique fashion perspective. The most recently released collaboration between the purveyor of all-things, well, flip-flops, Havaianas, and well-known Japanese cult label mastermind JAPAN, certainly delivered.
Like previous fashion collaborations of the slipper variety—think of Raf Simons' ongoing collaboration with adidas, and 2019's Havaianas and Saint Laurent partnership—the mastermind JAPAN x Havaianas series makes a rather strong case for flip-flops as part of the overarching fashion wardrobe. They're undoubtedly casual, but that doesn't mean the design aspect should be discounted.
The mastermind JAPAN x Havaianas collaboration consists of two versions. But it's the more expensive Tradi Zori flip-flops that are the definite highlight between the two. Inspired by the Zori sandals that are distinctly Japanese (originally made out of straw), the Tradi Zori flip-flops feature slightly elevated footbeds that are printed with mastermind JAPAN's skull-and-bones logo, and set against slightly extended outsoles. They're definitely not the typical flip-flop shape that you're used to, but it's a genius nod to the origin of modern flip-flops as we know them to be.
Which might explain the price tag too. At SGD220, these are definitely not in the usual Havaianas range of prices. But considering how mastermind JAPAN only deals within the sphere of collaborations with other brands, it's not that much of an alarming figure.
Unfortunately, these were sold out the day they were released. We did spot a couple of pairs up on the resale market though so you may have some luck there. But if not, here are five other collaborations that you may want to jump on before they're gone.
Cotton T-shirt, by Matthew M. Williams x Stüssy (SGD190 each via Dover Street Market Singapore)
The coming together of two brands that have made significant impact in streetwear culture—an iconic name since the '80s, and another that has been revolutionising the idea of streetwear through contemporary design and ideas. Which is why all that needs to be on this T-shirt are their names.
Carbon-coated canvas sneakers, by AGE x Band of Outsiders (approximately SGD125 each)
Korean sneaker brand AGE is steadily growing a following both in Asia as well as in the West. In fact, the brand has expanded to include its entire range on its site for international customers. And to celebrate, this sweet pair of off-white sneakers in collaboration with Band of Outsiders is one of a few iterations available. Check out that uniquely sculpted sole too.
Cotton sneakers, by Vans x National Geographic (SGD99 each)
Vans has never shied away from offbeat collaborations. This time around, it's partnered up with National Geographic in celebration of 130 years of exploring the wonders of our planet. Print is dead? Not in this case at all.
Acetate sunglasses, by Chimi x H&M (SGD64.95 each)
Swedish eyewear brand Chimi may not be a familiar name, but the brand has been around since 2016 and has racked up a following for its fun eyewear in a myriad of colours and treatments. This collaboration with H&M highlights the best of what Chimi is, and at a fraction of what it normally goes for.
Cotton T-shirt, by Daniel Arsham x Pokémon UT (SGD19.90 each)
Who doesn't love Pokémon? Couple that with Daniel Arsham's artistic perspective (this collaboration ties in with Arsham's famed 'Future Relic' series), and you've got a winning combination of nostalgia and art—all at an affordable price.
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