The Rima derby leather shoe is a collaboration with Arabic type designer Lara Captan. The style is called The Rima with reference to Lebanese singer Rima Khcheich who beautifully transforms classical Arabic to contemporary new sounds.
For Lara letters embody traces of millennia of gestures, thoughts, and artistic refinement. They are the body of civilizations’ contributions.
As a researcher-practitioner, she strives to provide alternative pathways to designing Arabic typefaces, both in form and technology, in order to drive Arabic type to its utmost potential.
"Lara is a very close friend and committed type face designer, and we’ve always supported each other’s work. This collaboration is very dear to my heart because we discussed it a few weeks after I was diagnosed with breast cancer last November." Kristina
This is a limited edition and part of a numbered series of 107 pairs . Why 107? Because it is a number associated with new beginnings.
Twenty pairs of The Rima are available for retail at L'Auberge Espagnole pop-up and 87 pairs will be on pre-order to emphasise the brand's commitment to more sustainable fashion. The pre-order campaign will end on August 20.
Proceeds of the sale of The Rima will go the Foundation Fournier-Majoie that provides researchers-finders with resources and skills to help them bring their oncological research projects to a successful conclusion to save cancer patients.
'Rima and her Dutch musicans developed a style of music that uses the best of both worlds, beautiful melodies and complex rhythms of the Arabic tradition combined with the advanced harmony and improvisation of the European music.'