CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

“红底鞋”的慈善系列
Christian Louboutin “Walk a mile in my shoes” Charity Capsule Collection

这灵感来自于Idris 拜访位于洛杉矶的金恩Martin Luther King Jr纪念馆之旅,他们并不是建议人们真正"穿上他们的鞋子走一英里路",而是以此呼吁积极响应此格言并予以行动。
"Walk a mile in my shoes" originates from a visit Idris paid to the Martin Luther King Jr memorial in Los Angeles.

Christian Louboutin、Idris 和 Sabrina Elba 三人之间的友谊充满了欢笑、 喜悦和互相尊重。几年前首次见面,他们就感觉彼此关系亲密,大家拥有相同 的价值观,建立起纯粹的友谊。

2020 年 5 月于美国发生了让全球关注的事件,引起强烈的抗议活动和有关特 权、系统性不公义和种族主义的讨论。 Idris 和 Sabrina 拥有黑人血统,他们强 烈感觉到有必要为全球不平等现象发声,于是坦诚分享了自己遭受歧视的经 历。他们利用自己的社交媒体平台呼吁大家作出改变,并联系上“Black Lives Matter”运动的始创人之一 Opal Tometi,进行了一场 Instagram 直播讨论。当时他们并不知道 Christian 正在倾听,直到会后,他告诉他们这场讨论很有 力量、令人感动而且充满了希望,并对他们说:“我为你们感到骄傲,并且诚心 诚意支持你们。” 这场发人深省的对话之后,三人确信他们应以具有影响力的方式来回馈社会。为了提升公众对于不平等现象的认知,以直接帮助那些意见被忽视的个人和社群,他们研究了历史伟人金恩(Martin Luther King Jr)和曼德拉(Nelson Mandela)的生平,以他们追求正义、平等和自由的专注作为系列的设计灵感。运用这个灵感,他们共同创造了令人鼓舞的两个主题作品。 其中一个系列的特色是采用有曼德拉黄金 (Mandela’s Gold)之称的鹤望兰 (Strelitzia reginae)植物来象征同理心、希望和自由。

对于 Christian 和 Elba 夫妇来说,重要的是,他们希望利用自己的能力和社 会地位,来支持那些已在社区内创造出偌大改变的组织。 这次系列作品所获得的收益将 100% 直接捐赠 5 个非牟利机构。人道救 援慈善机构 Be Rose,旨在支援需要紧急救助的弱势社群,并让寡妇能透 过农业来照顾自己的家人。 Purposeful 是一家植根于狮子山共和国(亦是 Idris 的祖国)的基层组织,专注于女童的协助引导。 Idris 经常造访东伦敦 的 The Immediate Theatre,亦正好表达了“艺术应该对所有人开放”的讯息。 Sabrina 来自索马利亚,而 The Somali Hope Foundation 在索马利亚 一直致力提供教育机会给弱势儿童。由 Harry Belafonte 创立的 Gathering for Justice,旨于结束儿童监禁,以“非暴力”作为基础,支持公民和社会正义的 运动,这是最贴近 Christian 内心想法的组织。 他们3 位希望透过切实的行动来激发有意义的改变,并乐观地相信,个人和社区所采取的行动将有助于确实地宣扬“全球平等”的讯息,真正达致Christian 所指的:“一种真正的责任感”。

Photo by Julien Vallon

The friendship between Christian Louboutin, Idris and Sabrina Elba is one of laughter, joy and mutual respect. Upon meeting several years ago the trio struck an instant kinship that goes beyond public appearances, one that is built on solidarity and shared values.

The global outcry that occurred in May 2020 sparked a worldwide conversation about privilege, systematic injustice and racism. Idris and Sabrina felt compelled to add their voices, and as a visible Black couple they spoke candidly about global inequality and shared their first-hand experiences of discrimination. Using their social media platforms as a vehicle to call for change, the couple engaged in an Instagram live discussion with one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, Opal Tometi. They were unaware that Christian was listening in at the time and after the talk he expressed to them how powerful, moving and hopeful he had found their discussion – “I’m proud of you, and I’m here for you” he told them.

Taking the thought-provoking conversation offline, the three friends were certain that they wanted to give back in a way that would be truly impactful. To raise awareness directly benefitting the lives of the individuals and communities whose voices matter yet are often unheard, they looked to historic leaders Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela. Their dedication to the fight for justice, equality and freedom offered design inspiration.

This inspiration was channelled into co-creating an uplifting two-chapter collection. The collection features styles showcasing Strelitzia reginae “Mandela’s Gold”- a beautiful plant that has come to symbolise empathy, hope and freedom.

A hundred percent of the proceeds made from this collection will go directly to five non- profit organisations. Humanitarian relief charity Be Rose supports vulnerable people in need of emergency assistance and empowers widows to care for their families through agribusiness. Close to Idris’s heart and rooted in his Sierra Leonean heritage, Purposeful is a grassroots organisation that provides mentorship for girls. Idris’s patronage of The Immediate Theatre in East London reinforces the message that access to the arts should be available to all. Sabrina’s roots are reflected in The Somali Hope Foundation’s continued efforts to provide access to education for underprivileged children. Founded by Harry Belafonte, Gathering for Justice’s mission to end child incarceration, centering nonviolence as a foundation for civic and social justice engagement, makes it an organisation that is close to Christian’s heart.

The friends want to instigate meaningful change through practical solutions. They are optimistic that the action taken by individuals and communities alike will help to steer a strong course towards a global message of equality and, as Christian notes: “A true sense of responsibility”.

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