by Stephen Garner

Footwear brand Vivobarefoot has launched a capsule collection inspired by the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat for its made-in-Ethiopia, “Soul of Africa” range, celebrating the iconic artist’s rebellious nature.

Basquiat’s style and rhythm of Africa have woven themselves into the legacy and creative work of the genius artist, whose many artworks were inspired by the continent. This shoe project pays homage to his legacy. Hand-stitched in Ethiopia, with every pair empowering their makers and supporting local communities, the three designs are printed and embroidered in Addis Ababa on a soft and subtle Wild Hide leather, sourced from small-holder farmers.

All shoes carry the Proudly Made in Africa award, meaning the products were independently verified for their quality, materials used, and ethical production, with a contribution going towards the Soul Of Africa project (being renamed as Livebarefoot Foundation) to continue its positive social and environmental impact.

The Vivobarefoot x Basquiat collection, which retails for$85 – $160, is available globally and features a range of adult and children’s styles.