The Collabs: Sea Star Beachwear Teams Up Again With Frances Valentine + More

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May 1, 2023: Sea Star Beachwear has teamed up again with Frances Valentine on their third capsule collection. The female-founded and women-led brands teamed up to create the perfect summer sandals. The collection pairs Frances Valentine’s signature florals on two of Sea Star Beachwear’s water-friendly shoes. Frances Valentine’s watercolor-inspired wildflower print is offered on Sea Star Beachwear’s Cabana Slide and Coastal Platform. The shoes are cut in Sea Star’s signature, performance neoprene that quick dries in 15 minutes. Both shoes have a non-slip, non-marking sole and added midsole for support. The Sea Star Beachwear x Frances Valentine collection, which retails between $65 and $125, is now available.

Sea Star Beachwear, Frances Valentine
CREDIT: COURTESY OF SEA STAR BEACHWEAR

May 1, 2023: Cole Haan has teamed up with designer and illustrator Sophia Chang. The special-edition collection is Chang’s first-ever women’s exclusive collection and includes two footwear styles and one handbag silhouette. The collection features the Grand Ambition York Pump ($220), the GrandPrø Topspin Sneaker ($170), as well as the functional and roomy Grand Ambition Convertible Luxe Backpack ($380). “We are delighted to be working with Sophia Chang to celebrate this fantastic capsule collection made to inspire and empower women,” David Maddocks, brand president of Cole Haan, said in a statement. “Inspiring women has been at the forefront of Cole Haan’s mission since the very beginning. Sophia not only embodies this, but also relates to women who value self-expression which makes her the perfect partner to bring this capsule to life.” The Cole Haan x Sophia Chang offering is now available on ColeHaan.com and select U.S., Japan and international stores.

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Cole Haan x Sophia Chang’s York pumps.CREDIT: COURTESY OF COLE HAAN

April 28, 2023: Jae Tips, a multihyphenate with Bronx, N.Y. roots, has teamed up with Saucony Originals to give the classic Grid Azura 2000 a new look. The shoe is executed in vibrant colors and made with premium materials. It features co-branded woven labels, premium suede overlays, mixed mesh uppers and cotton mesh lining. The Jae Tips x Saucony Originals Grid Azura 2000 will pre-launch exclusively in New York City on May 6.

Jae Tips Saucony Originals Grid Azura 2000
Jae Tips x Saucony Originals Grid Azura 2000.CREDIT: COURTESY OF SAUCONY

April 28, 2023: Canadian skateboarding legend Tony Ferguson, through his elevated Rone brand, has teamed up with New Balance on the NB Numeric Tiago Lemos 1010. The predominantly white shoe with hits of gray is executed with premium materials, such as full-grain tumbled leather uppers and leather lining, and features engraved Rone deubrés and individual dustbags for each shoe. In terms of tech, the shoe is equipped with dual-density FuelCell midsole cushioning and suede inner heel pods that were added for stability. The limited-edition Rone x New Balance NB Numeric Tiago Lemos 1010 arrives May 1 via Newbalance.com, and will retail for $180.

Rone New Balance NB Numeric Tiago Lemos 1010
Rone x New Balance NB Numeric Tiago Lemos 1010.CREDIT: COURTESY OF NEW BALANCE

April 28, 2023: Pleasures has teamed up with Reebok to deliver a bold Classic Leather Trail, arriving in early May. The style is executed predominantly in a vibrant neon mint hue, with black added for contrast. To make it durable, the collab features backside metal lace hooks for reinforcement and rugged rubber outsoles with heel guards. Also, the uppers are made with layered Cordura re/cor fabric, which is paired with high density printed nylon and nubuck. The Pleasures x Reebok Classic Leather Trail arrives May 5 via Pleasures.com and May 12 on Reebok.com and at select retailers. The collab will retail for $120. “Classic Leather has received thousands of different iterations over multiple decades. We wanted to make a trail version that was vastly different on all angles, focusing on the idea of wearable functionality to go from the street to the trail, seamlessly,” Pleasures co-founder Alex James said in a statement.

April 26, 2023: Danner has teamed up with Mystery Ranch on a new capsule collection inspired by the rich colors of Montana’s big sky country sunsets. The Danner x Mystery Ranch collection features lightweight gear including a backpack, boots and gaiters. The capsule’s Trail 2650 Mesh GTX hiker shoe is a limited-edition version of the footwear brand’s trail shoe and features a lightweight mesh upper, Gore-Tex waterproof liner and a Vibram 460 outsole with Megagrip technology. The Danner x Mystery Ranch collection, which retails between $49 and $229, is now available.

Danner, Mystery Ranch
CREDIT: COURTESY OF DANNER

April 26, 2023: Mytheresa has teamed up with Jimmy Choo on an exclusive capsule collection of six shoes and four handbags. The capsule collection sees a selection of the footwear brand’s most iconic shoe silhouettes presented in bold colors and luxurious finishes. Red carpet mainstay shoes such as the Max platforms, Casse pointed pumps, Azia and Alibi sandals and Saeda pumps are dressed in uplifting neon hues and sparkling glitter and joined by exciting new styles such as the Saeda sandal platform, which is cast in rich satin and colored crystals. The handbags are similarly head-turning, with hero silhouettes including Bon Bon, Bonny, Callie and Clemmie, brought to life in color pop patent leather, crystals and glitter. The exclusive Jimmy Choo x Mytheresa capsule collection is now available on Mytheresa with a dedicated editorial story directed by Mytheresa chief creative officer Julian Paul and shot by photographer Fofo Altinell, featuring model Muna Mahamed.

April 25, 2023: Birdies and infused tequila company 21Seeds have teamed up on limited-edition sneakers. The Roadrunner style shoes from Birdies are available in Cucumber Jalapeño, Valencia Orange and  Grapefruit Hibiscus colorways. They retail for $165. The exlclusive kicks are made with cloud-like comfort and accessorized with hand-cast round wood beads and vibrant pom pom tassels. Inside, there is a woven blanket design that is also featured on every bottle of 21Seeds infused tequila.

April 24, 2023: Marc Nolan has come together with the team at Black Menswear on a collaborative loafer style. Called the Black Menswear x Marc Nolan Gentlemen loafer, the show is available in Honey and Chocolate colorways of the footwear brand’s popular loafer silhouette. Black Menswear was given free reign over both the design of the shoes and the shoe box itself for this limited-edition collaboration. They chose to partner with Philly-based multi-disciplinary artist, Chuck Styles, on the custom box that pairs alongside each shoe. NeAndre Broussard, CEO of Black Menswear, said in a statement that he is “honored” to collaborate with Marc Nolan on this limited-edition loafer. “It’s not often that Black brands acquire mainstream collaborations; however, we’ve earned the right to show the world our style,” Broussard said. Founded in Dallas by NeAndre Broussard, Black Menswear is a cultural impact agency helping to change the narrative of the Black man in society. Its FlashMob series is a traveling collective that brings Black men together, suited and booted, to create culture-shifting viral content. The capsule is now available online and at Marc Nolan’s Chicago flagship store.

April 24, 2023: Faherty has teamed up with Reef on a capsule of summer sandals. The collection of four sustainably minded styles are made from renewable sugarcane EVA or leather in exclusive Faherty-inspired designs including the brand’s signature Sun & Waves logo. Prices range from $40 for the Sun & Waves model and $45 for an OG Stripe to $75 for the Draftsmen or Drift Away styles. The collection will launch on May 1 on both brands’ websites as well as in the Faherty stores and in its May catalogue.

April 18, 2023: Todd Snyder will launch his newest footwear collaboration with Vans on Thursday. Inspired by the designer’s favorite cocktail, the Todd Snyder x Vans “Dirty Martini” collection features updates to two classic skater styles from Vans — the Slip-On 98 DX and the Lace-Up 73 DX. The limited-edition styles pay tribute to the first Vans factory in Anaheim, Calif., and reintroduces an iconic silhouette that borrows details from the original while offering modernized comfort, like the cork footbed. The upper is crafted from a premium rough suede vegetable-tanned “Snyder Olive” — a signature color of the brand — for a neutral look. The shoes are finished with a pop of orange at the aglets of the 73 DX and bottom of both styles. The Todd Snyder x Vans “Dirty Martini” collection, which will retail between $120 and $125, will be released on Thursday, April 20 at 10:00am exclusively at toddsnyder.com.

The Todd Snyder x Vans “Dirty Martini” collection.

CREDIT: COURTESY OF TODD SNYDER

April 14, 2023: Puma and Peloton instructor Alex Toussaint have teamed up on a collection inspired by his “Game Speed” mantra and his hometown of East Hampton, N.Y. The Puma x Alex Toussaint “Game Speed” collection, the athletic brand said in a statement, is designed to “go hard or kick back in any setting with premium training and elevated streetwear looks.” The collection, Puma said, is aligned with Toussaint’s “Feel Good, Look Good, Do Better” and its sustainability-focused First Mile initiative, and consists of performance tanks, hoodies, woven 6-inch shorts, sports bras and more. The range, Puma said, incorporates yarn made from post-consumer plastic and the pieces contain at least 40% recycled material. The Puma x Alex Toussaint “Game Speed” collection ranges in price from $35-$75 and arrives April 15 via Puma.com, the PUMA mobile app and the Puma NYC Flagship store.

April 11, 2023: Chaco Footwear has tapped menswear brand Taylor Stitch to update its bestselling Z/1 Sandal in a limited-edition Navy Waffle colorway. The men’s sandal, which retails for $110, features Taylor Stitch’s signature waffle knit pattern (used in many of its heritage styles) in the custom developed nanoweb upper and is built for anyone who loves the water, the trail, and everything in between. “We’re huge fans of Chaco here at Taylor Stitch, and they’re a mainstay in the summer adventure kit at this point,” Luke McAlpine, senior director of brand marketing and partnerships at Taylor Stitch, said in a statement. “When we started talking with their team about doing something unique together, we couldn’t help ourselves — it felt like a natural fit given we’re both committed to building long-lasting, high-performing products.”

Chaco Footwear, Taylor Stitch, Sandal
CREDIT: COURTESY OF TAYLOR STITCH

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