On a Slipper Slope
Jeremy and Katinka Somers of We Are Handsome
What’s your favorite memory as a designer? What’s the most amazing place your work has taken you?
The Maldives, hands down. We were so lucky to have been there twice in the past few years—and for work! Who does that? We travel a lot, but the Maldives is like a dream, every inch and every second. It’s almost unbelievable.
Where do you find inspiration for designing your swimwear and active wear collections?
Our travels are really what inspire us most. Exploring new cultures and getting re-acquainted with those whom we know, seeing the world’s most breathtaking sites—we’re constantly inspired to create and try new things.
Describe your perfect summer day.
Wake up, have brunch under the sun, head to the beach, eat some fish and chips, take a beach nap, have some ice-cream, and end the night with some drinks with friends.
Why did you decide to partner with Havaianas?
We’ve been courting each other for a few years, knowing how aligned our respective brands and ethos are. It just needed the right time to get this collaboration happening. We love what Havaianas stands for and their commitment to quality and summer. It’s a perfect match for us.
What does Havaianas mean to you as a brand?
Summer. It’s as simple as that.
What’s the reason behind choosing the Dalliance and Xerxes prints for the collaboration design?
We wanted to a) do something that hadn’t been seen before, and b) something that was both quintessentially summer and We Are Handsome. Dalliance is a take on many of our jungle prints over the years and the Xerxes, our hero lion, is of course what we do best. It makes complete sense that these two iconic styles went onto our Havaianas.
How has your brand changed over the past seven years?
We’ve evolved, sure, as any brand does, but we’ve always stayed true to our aesthetic and roots. We’ve changed a lot in our business—how we design and even what we make—but our mantra is always the same.