FESTIVE Filipino fashion is the inspiration of popular flip-flops brand Havaianas for its holiday collection, executed no less by sought after fashion designer Francis Libiran.
According to Anne Gonzales, managing director of Terry S.A. Inc., which exclusively distributes Havaianas in the Philippines, Libiran was the perfect artist for the season’s concept.
“We thought of this collaboration because we want to ‘seal the deal’ on how Filipinos love Havaianas. Francis’ background in architecture set him apart from the rest, because he has the artistry to marry form and fashion,” Gonzales told The Manila Times at the Francis Libiran for Havaianas launch on November 18 at the Ayala Museum in Makati City.
A festive design was in order, of course, with the collection debuting just before December. Libiran first came up with 10 designs for the Brazilian flip-flops reflective of Filipino icons.
From the 10, the designer and Havaianas Philippines narrowed down the selection to three featured designs, namely “City,” represented by the classic Jeepney; “Island” as interpreted through a Sarimanok; and “Festival” highlighting Bacolod’s famed Masskara Festival.
“When Havaianas came to me, they gave me two words to guide me—Filipino and fashion—so I tried to look for iconic patterns unique to Filipinos that at the same time will cater to the young generation. I decided on non-traditional pieces and related them with Filipino design,” Libiran shared of his design process.
The desinger further said he is very honored to have been chosen as the first Filipino designer to collaborate with the brand, especially since the likes of Valentino and Paul Smith have lent their name and talent to the world famous flip-flops.
“This is really a big thing for me,” he concluded.
Francis Libiran for Havaianas is now available for a limited time only.