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  • EYTYS SS16 x Esther Mahlangu is available at Hoodwink  
  • The Doja Mahlangu sneaker features embroidery on suede  
  • The Doja Mahlangu sneaker features embroidery on suede

02/29/16 Eytys SS16 with South African Artist Esther Mahlangu

Though unbound by gender or stereotypes, sneaker label Eytys retains a sense of history. For its sixth collection, the Swedish brand introduces the “Doja” model, which nods to vintage sneakers found in rural Japanese thrift stores. The new silhouette references an elevated toecap and thicker sole, characteristics plucked from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

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More sole means a greater emphasis on roots. This season, a collaboration with octogenarian South African Esther Mahlangu nods to the artist’s Ndebele heritage. Inspired by her home village Nkangala, bright blues and earth tones are embroidered on a selection of suede sneakers. Brightening up any big city pavement, these sneaks prove that art history has never traveled so well.

EYTYS SS16 x Esther Mahlangu is available at Hoodwink