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Soludos x LaLesso Collaboration

Our latest collaboration has just launched here! We’ve partnered with South African sisters Alice and Olivia and their company Lalesso to create four classic espadrilles inspired by the stories of Africa. Take a look below at our chat with Olivia about the collection and our all-time favorite topic: summer.


Soludos: Where did you find inspiration for the Soludos x LaLesso collaboration?

Olivia: The birth of Lalesso was inspired by the East African ‘khanga’ or ‘lesso’ as it is also known. The khanga is a vibrantly colored and intricately patterned sarong that is worn by coastal Swahili women all across East Africa. The designs of the Soludos x Lalesso espadrille feature an interpretation of these beautiful prints, daintly catered to adorn one’s feet.

S: What’s your favorite part of summer?

O: Everything! I particularly love the warm evenings, not having to think about a jersey or cardigan because the temperature doesn’t drop after sunset. I love that keratin-induced buzz that infectiously consumes everyone everywhere. Summer wardrobes, dresses! There could never be one favorite thing about summer.

S: What would you recommend for a first time visitor to Kenya or Capetown (the sisters’ twin sources of inspiration)?

O: For Kenya I would recommend doing a 3-day safari in Samburu (amazing) or the Masai Mara (also amazing) and then go kick back in Diani Beach for at least 10 days – it really is paradise on earth. I was there earlier today and snapped a photo for you guys. For Cape Town, I would recommend hiring a car because there is SO much to see and do and there is no better way to do it than under your own steam.

S: What’s your favorite vacation memory / locale?

O: This would have to be sailing around the French Polynesian islands. It’s the ultimate island living and it is reflected all around you. The local people have a beautiful chilled ‘mantra’ where they are looked after by the fruits from the trees and fish from the ocean – nothing else really seems to matter.

S: What are your plans for the future of LaLesso?

O: We are launching ‘Lalesso Beach’ this year, which is hugely exciting. Men’s board shorts are included in that – I’m sure many will be happy to hear! We had a hugely successful launch in Australia last year, so we plan to put a much stronger focus on the US next. And of course we continue to focus on and support all of our socially driven Kenyan projects with lots of new exciting endeavors.

Thanks Olivia!


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