If you're a fan of HBO's Girls, then you may not know that Lena Dunham actually wears clothing... let alone shoes. So it may surprise you that the actress has had a lifetime obsession with skate culture. Dunham has now teamed up with illustrator Joana Avillez to create a special sneaker collection for skateboard footwear label, Lakai.
The high-top shoes will be available in two colorways (pink and white) and features Avillez’s playful doodles "reminiscent of those that high school girls draw on each other’s Converses between classes." The proceeds of the shoe sales will benefit Young Women Empowered, "an organization dedicated to fostering women’s empowerment through creativity and freedom of speech."
I said, let’s design something that celebrates slightly off-beat women, adventure, and creativity. I wanted this sneaker to be super playful and something that, from a distance, looked very casual but then when you got close it was almost like toile wallpaper. You get close and realize there are a million fascinating little women on the shoe, which is sort of a metaphor for the Young Women Empowered. I saw these teenage girls and thought I knew what they were about and then I got closer and there’s some extreme creative magic happening there.- Lena Dunham
On how the collaboration came to be:
“It was a real labor of love,” Dunham went on to explain. “I have a secret obsession with skate shoes and skate culture, even after having literally never gotten on a skateboard. I told Spike Jonze about my love for skate shoes and he said ‘you can totally design one!’”