Jhené Aiko Debuts the 2017 Teva X Jhené Aiko Collaboration

When it comes to sensible, yet trendy footwear, R&B vocalist Jhene Aiko is back and she’s better. The “Maniac” singer is known for her ethereal beauty, heavenly vocals, and relatable lyrics that cover subjects like heartbreak, ain’t s-word n-words, and bedroom behavior. She has also dabbled in the realm of footwear with the help of Teva. And after a first round of success, the outerwear company asked her if they could do it again.

Earlier this week, Jhene debuted her second collection with Teva featuring earth-tones, teals, and rose-gold hardware that paired the brand’s signature silhouettes with the singer-songwriter’s daring swag. “It’s a very spiritual thing for me. And that’s what I wanted to do with the upper weaving. I wanted an array of colors drawn from subtle natural tones, not super bright: rose, gold; teal is also one of my favorite colors,” Aiko told Billboard.

In a different exclusive interview with the music publication, Aiko gave Billboard the rundown on the process of bringing her latest Teva collaboration to fruition: “The new collection was inspired by being outside and the natural beauty of the sky. I always say, Teva feels like you’re walking on a cloud and it’s the next best thing to being barefoot because they’re so comfortable. This design reminds me of a really pretty sunset when there are clouds in the sky on a summer day with a shimmer, that feels like a magical daydream. I feel like there’s so much to discover when you’re outside and seeing new beautiful things, and that’s how I wanted the sandal to feel. In the first collaboration, the colors were very specific, and I wanted these to feel a little more neutral and versatile.”

The collaboration features three limited-edition sandals: the Original Universal, the Hurricane XLT, and the Flatform Universal – all created with the wanderer in mind. In an exclusive interview with Teva, Aiko shared, “I’m a very sensitive person, so the elements and seasons always affect my mood, which is directly reflected in my writing.”

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On May 1, Aiko celebrated the launch of her Teva x Jhené Aiko collaboration with a rooftop party at the NeueHouse penthouse surrounded by supporters and with boyfriend, rapper Big Sean, on her arm. Big Sean was fresh off the “I Decided. Tour” in support of his album, but made sure to be present to see “bae shining”.

When u see bae shining

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The intimate crowd that night featured influencers, friends, and of course, media. Glasses of rosé were served to diners that ate a mostly vegetarian menu of heirloom and baby kale salad, mushroom lasagna with salmon, and lemon tart and German chocolate cake for dessert.

Prices for the three exclusive sandal styles featured in Aiko’s Teva collection range from $75-$85.

Just in time for the summertime. Good lookin’ out Jhene. Check out the limited-edition collab collection here.

As far as her music endeavors go, Jhene has recently collaborated with the Chainsmokers, 6LACK, 2 Chainz, and Cashmere Cats, adding onto her ever-growing list of features. For fans her are anticipating her follow-up to the therapeutic vibe that is her first album Souled Out, we can expect to hear something soon. She has recently said that the album will feel like an “art project” more than anything else. Her and Big Sean are also working on their TWENTY88 follow-up after the success their music duo debut saw last year.

Photo Credit: Teva X Jhené Aiko/Official Website

Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.