Lenny Kravitz Designed a Collection for Toms Shoes

Life imitates art for Lenny Kravitz as he channels Hunger Games role to design range of shoes for Toms



As Hunger Games' stylist Cinna, Lenny Kravitz is the sartorial secret to Katniss Everdeen's success.

Now, though, the singer has turned his hand to design in real life too, collaborating on a line of shoes for Toms.

The star, 47, got involved in designing the shoes with Toms founder Blake Mycoskie at the urging of his daughter, Zoe. She was wearing the brand's signature slip-ons all the time.



Let Love Rule: Lyrics from one of the singer's most famous songs inspired a print in the collection


Once they met about two years ago, Kravitz and Mycoskie hit it off.
'The thing a lot of people don't know about Lenny isn't just his amazing personal taste in fashion and style, but he also designs wallpaper and furniture, and he sees a bigger picture,' Mycoskie says.


Prints charming: Toms founder Blake Mycoskie had high praise for Kravitz's textile designs

His greatest contribution to the collection is adding prints, he revealed, including one decorated Let Love Rule, from his song.

'If I'm in, I'm in it all the way,' says Kravitz, adding that the basic Toms look - fabric shoes that aren't frilly or overly structured - fits his wardrobe, even if 'they remind me a little of the shoes my mom would wear in the '70s.'

He told how he stocks pairs for guests to wear in his homes, where he has a 'no street shoe' rule.


The right stripes: Kravitz says he wants his designs to be comfortable, creative, engaging and inviting

No shoes in my house,' he explains. 'I like to lay around the floors, and I have nice floor coverings and shags and sheepskins, and I don't like bringing in things from the outside.'

Kravitz says he aims to create a general vibe, through his clothes, decorating and broader lifestyle choices, to be comfortable, creative, engaging and inviting. And he has no problem looking for the same from passers-by.

'I love people watching. I love observing what people do and how they express themselves,' he says. 'It's inspiring to see what people do and how they twist things to make themselves unique, even if it's something you would never do.'

House proud: Kravitz stocks Toms for guests to wear in his homes, where he has a 'no street shoe' rule

Next, Kravitz hopes to join Mycoskie on one of the Toms' 'shoe drops,' possibly in Brazil or the Bahamas this summer, squeezing it in between the second leg of Kravitz's world tour that will take him through Europe and Africa.

He also has two movie projects going, including the second instalment of The Hunger Games.

He admits he never expected to be part of the tween-teen phenomenon, in which he plays the stylist role of Cinna, who helps Jennifer Lawrence's character cultivate an image through her clothes.

'I had no idea The Hunger Games' was so big, I didn't even know the book. I had been living under my own rock,' he admits. 'But then I read it, loved it...

'It's interesting to walk down the street and hear girls saying, 'Oh, that's Cinna,' and they have no idea about the music.'


shoes are available for purchase at toms.com


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