Image: Dupé

So I'd been looking for girls' flip flops for most of the summer.  I'd toyed with the idea of getting metallic Havianas (boring) and had even found a great nautical pair over at Crewcuts, but nothing grabbed me until by chance I wandered into a store yesterday and came across the most adorable, colourful pair.  The rubber appeared to be of good quality and I liked the fact that they were girly but not stereotypically pink or purple.  As an added bonus, the flip flops were deeply discounted, so I bought a pair and took them home.

Once home, my curiosity got the better of me, so I did a little online investigating.  The flip flops are made by Brazilian company Dupé (who I'd never heard of before, but the company, which has been around since 1969, currently ranks second in rubber sandals in Brazil) and were designed in a strategic alliance with the artist Romero Britto, a Brazilian neo-pop wall decorator, painter, serigrapher and sculptor. 

One of the mandates of the company is the dissemination and support of the culture of its home region of North-East of Brazil and for this reason it focuses on the promotion of artists in the area.  For the 'Brazilian Art' line, Dupé had the idea of creating flip flops using the work of different artists.  Britto's work expresses his attitude towards life and on this occasion, he was inspired by his family, nature and everything that "gives happiness".  The collection comes in three styles: the Black (Winged Heart), the White (Butterfly) and the Blue (Fish).

A percentage of the sales of this collaboration benefit the Association for Assistance to Children with Deficiency,  a Brazilian organisation whose mission is to promote the prevention, habilitation, and rehabilitation of children disabilities and encouraging their social integration. 

Inbox me if you want to know where these flip flops can be bought locally.

Image: Dupé