Trends, events, and inspiration from the world of BIRKENSTOCK. We'll discuss fashion topics from around the globe, showcase our favorite new styles, and tell the inspiring stories behind the people from our community in our BIRKENSTORIES series.
FASHION & STYLE
BIRKENSTOCK x Rick Owens Season 2 Launch
Following the debut of the second collaboration of Men’s and Women’s runway styles in the Rick Owens Spring / Summer 2019 shows, the first release of the second collaboration is set to be unveiled and will initially be available exclusively in pop-up stores and then at birkenstock.com/1774.
Following the successful launch of the first collection and its global premier with the BIRKENSTOCK BOX in Los Angeles, the collaboration between Birkenstock and Rick Owens extends to a second season, with women’s styles debuting during Paris Women Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019.
2018 sees a momentous encounter between two unique names. BIRKENSTOCK, synonymous with supreme foot comfort, will debut a limited edition collection with Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin – the Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin, home of exquisitely hand-crafted porcelain since 1763.
Spring/Summer 2019 Collection presentation in Florence
On June 13, 2018, journalists, buyers and stylists were immersed in what was surely the loveliest oasis of tranquility anywhere at the Pitti Uomo men’s fashion week. In the Torrigiani Gardens, centrally located near Florence, BIRKENSTOCK presented its Spring/Summer 2019 Collection. An event that elevated the humble picnic to new dimensions!
The Galleria Rossana Orlandi is considered to be one of the most popular meeting places at the Salone del Mobile in Milan - the most important furniture fair in the world. Exactly here, we presented the new BIRKENSTOCK sleeping systems.
The story of Nicholas Vreeland, Buddhist monk and only Western head of a Buddhist monastery, starts in the early 1980s, when the diplomat’s son left his expensive tailor-made shoes on the streets of New York and chose to live a simple life in simple sandals. Birkenstock visited the extraordinary man.
Athénaïs de Béru was once a banker, but in 2006 she took on her family’s 500-year-old wine-growing estate in the village of Béru in Burgundy. Traditions are strong here and people do things in a certain way. “I don’t want to sound disrespectful, but I did precisely the opposite of everything they told me,” Athénaïs told us.
In her coach's opinion, Maya Wasowicz is one of the ten best karate fighters in the world. When the Polish-born athlete moved to New York at the age of eleven, she did not speak a single word of English. Her passion for sports introduced her to karate. Here, she could express herself perfectly. Her big dream these days: to represent the USA and her discipline for the first time in the Olympics in Tokyo.
Charlie Strong is a professional American football coach. His goal? To give young men a place in life. His formula? Honesty, respect, and team spirit. He told us what the title “first African American head coach in Texas” means to him.
Dr. Robert Rutford, one of the best-known Antarctic researchers and the man who Mount Rutford is named for, took his Birkenstocks to the South Pole. He told us why in a striking interview just a few months before his passing.
“I don’t like Birkenstocks. I hate them,” says the all-round designer Thierry Journo, who runs his own boutique in Jaipur under the label IDLI. When he stopped over in Paris, we learned in a highly amusing manner what exactly it is about Birkenstocks that he dislikes.
“I was like the teachers were always saying: ‘He has a huge potential, but he does shit,” says Ramdane Touhami. He was banned from school, was kicked out by his parents, and became homeless. Today, he is the owner of the global beauty empire Officine Universelle Buly. We met this all-rounder in Paris.
Like all the women in her family, Shalene McCollum has fishing in her blood – her grandma was a commercial fisherwoman, too. “That’s always in the back of your mind to be a good fisherman, to make sure that you are protecting the resource,” she emphasizes. We visited the keen wearer of Birkenstocks in her home town of Petersburg, Alaska.
“I don’t think Nobel Prizes are always awarded fairly. I’m delighted to have it, but it doesn’t set me apart from everybody else – I was lucky, others weren’t. So let’s simply get back down to work!” We met the die-hard Birkenstock fan in Stanford.
I discovered my first gray hair when I was about 12 – my granddaughter’s age,” relates Yazemeenah Rossi. Her hair was already almost entirely gray by her late 20s, when she embarked relatively late on an exemplary career as a photo model
After a few crazy business ventures, father of four Geoff Higgo now runs an unusual car hire company in Cape Town with his partner Monika. He has worn nothing but Birkenstocks on his feet since 1986. “But always the Milano!”.
Matto Barfuss, successful wildlife filmmaker, achieved fame in the 1990’s after spending months living among cheetahs. We caught up with Matto in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, where he is shooting his latest film, about meerkats; and despite sometimes challenging environmental conditions, is always wearing his Birkenstocks.
„I’ve been wearing Birkenstocks for 45 years,” wrote Bernd Brinkmann. We met the man who has been a Birkenstock fan from the get-go – and a person who has demonstrated the ability to make a comeback in life.
Proponents of sustainability are in the right place in Portland, Oregon. This is where the autodidact and manufacturer of top-notch traditional straight razors Scott Miyako lives. We visited Scott, who wears Birkenstocks out of conviction, and spoke to him about quality and sustainability.
Inspired by the pioneer of electro music Karlheinz Stockhausen and the 1968 electronic album Switched-On Bach, Bernd-Michael Land discovered his own musical style. And this unconventional guy from Hesse has gone on to produce 17 albums. We visited him and learned about his philosophy of colorful hair, sound art, and V8 engines.
A gray beard and long, thinning hair, stylishly paired with a suit, a tie, and Birkenstocks. We paid a visit to the affable defense attorney Mike Whalen and found out why he only wears Birkenstocks, even in the highest courts. And that he finds murders far more interesting than divorces.
The ginger beer she wanted didn't exist that's why Rachel Marshall decided to make it herself. Six years ago she founded Rachel's Ginger Beer - and now she employs 80 people. We met Rachel in Seattle where she told us her Birkenstory.
He already has more than a million subscribers to his YouTube channel, his videos have been watched by hundreds of millions of people, and a recent highlight was him being interviewed for the legendary magazine Rolling Stone: Cole Bennett is a music-video director from Chicago with his own platform for artists called Lyrical Lemonade.
Without a doubt, Johannes King runs one of the world's finest and most beautiful Michelin-star rated restaurants/hotels. We visited him at this incredible property, Söl’ringhof, in Rantum on the island of Sylt.