No stranger to partnerships with some of fashion's top avant-garde designers (think Vivienne Westwood and Gareth Pugh), Brazilian plastic shoe company Melissa is taking things back home for their latest collaboration. The new line, which launched this resort week in New York, is created by young designer Pedro Lourenço, a São Paulo native who began designing collections at the tender age of twelve and who is currently considered one of fashion's rising stars. The new partnership combines Melissa's technology and structured jelly designs with Lourenço's creative eye. "I always loved the idea of creating a product that can be produced and ready to use straight from a machine -- the complete opposite of what I do," Lourenço says of the creative process behind the super-cute, all-weather shoes. The two highly collectible styles, a classic shaped sandal ($175) and flats ($90), will be available in a variety of summery colors at Melissa's international flagship in Soho.
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