48-year-old London-born actor and Luther star Idris Elba, together with his wife Sabrina Dhowre, will launch a capsule collection of shoes in collaboration with the French brand Christian Louboutin. All the proceeds will go to five charities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Africa centred around “racism, inequality, and freedom”. The organisations were chosen for their goal in preventing injustice, in addition to addressing its aftermath, in hopes to protect those who “haven’t been hurt yet”.
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“To us, this is a perennial collection and collaborative offering that will hopefully allow us to continue that work with different organisations in different seasons,” Elba said. “Essentially, the spine [of this] is about empowerment … We want to cover as many bases because it’s an incredible opportunity to pursue successful strategies to [combat racism].”
Items in the collection — which features 19 styles including shoes and bags for women and men plus a bracelet— are either emblazoned with the phrase “Walk a mile in my shoes” in a script motif or feature a colourful print, dubbed the “freedom” print, which inspired by the Strelitzia reginae plant that originates in South Africa and symbolises freedom and immortality. The trio will release the capsule collection this 16 June in-stores and online.