Cuba’s Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel bid farewell to the country’s Olympic delegation — 120 athletes are heading to Rio de Janeiro, and with more than their typical flag-emblazoned uniforms. French luxury footwear designer Christian Louboutin and Henry Tai, a former professional handball player and founder of French online retail shop SportHenri.com, joined forces to design formal looks for the athletes to wear at the Closing Ceremony.
Louboutin, known for his red sole luxury shoes, is one of several designers to get involved with national teams for the Olympics. Ralph Lauren and Nike are working with Team USA. DSquared2 made the uniforms for Team Canada. Lacoste is dressing Team France, Stella McCartney is dressing Team Great Britain. The Louboutin designs will not be sold though.
It’s a pretty significant flex for everyone involved: Louboutin doesn’t make clothing as part of his current collection, which is primarily focused on shoes. Nevertheless, he created jackets, trousers, and shirts for both the men and women representing Cuba. Naturally, he also made shoes: seriously covetable high-top sneakers and loafers for the guys, and kitten heels for the ladies, all featuring his signature red sole.
The clothing for the Cuban team “expresses unique Cuban chic and sense of style on an athletic silhouette,” the release said.