‘Make Your Own Havaianas’

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Refreshing concept event unleashed colourful creativity and delivered one-of-a-kind individual experiences to Havaianistas, marking new milestone in Singapore’s fashion history


Throngs of media and trade guests, bloggers and ardent fans of Havaianas visited the h store at Takashimaya Shopping Centre to customise their very own pair of Havaianas flip-flops at MYOH 2012

In commemoration of its 50th Anniversary milestone, iconic fashion flip-flop brand Havaianas stepped up its celebratory beat with a birthday bash like no other, inviting fans to bask in the vibrant spirit of ultimate self-expression at its inaugural ‘Make Your Own Havaianas’ (MYOH) event in Singapore. Held from 13 – 15 July 2012, the special event provided locals the long-anticipated opportunity to customise a pair of Havaianas flip-flops they can finally call their own, by mixing and matching from a colourful galore of straps, soles and pin embellishments.

Throngs_of_guests_queuing_to_have_their_flip-flops_assembledThe personalised fashion affair kick-started with an exclusive closed-door VIP day on 13 July, where over 100 trade partners, media and bloggers enjoyed the first-hand experience of the MYOH event, which has been successfully popularised in cities like London, New York and Manila. Since its first standalone h store in 2009, the brand’s rising popularity indicated a strong following and a growing demand for the cult event. The strong turnout over 3 days precipitated the nation’s rising fashion quotient and proved that Havaianas is becoming a more sophisticated wardrobe essential for Singaporeans, addressing both style and comfort.


Upon arrival, guests on the VIP Day were warmly greeted by Havaianas and ushered into the venue decked in colourful Brazilian-inspired Bonfim wish ribbons. The specially customised ribbons were also handed out for guests to don around their wrists to mark the start of their vibrant customisation journey. Cute and quirkily designed cupcakes and drinks were also served as guests made careful selections for their customised pair of Havaianas flip-flops. Enthralled by the enticing selection of soles, straps and decorative pins, delight and excitement were plastered across the faces of guests as they had their flip-flops assembled and delivered before their eyes.


Following the fanfare on the VIP day, the MYOH event officially opened to the public over the weekend, from 14 – 15 July 2012. Over a short span of two days, Havaianas proved to be a fashion powerhouse as hundreds of consumers queued patiently to fulfil their desire of creating a pair of Havaianas flip-flops that truly expresses their individuality in free-spirited style.


“There could not have been a better way to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary than to introduce a fresh concept like the Make Your Own Havaianas event to Singapore. Havaianas is more than a flip-flop – it expresses fun and happy fashion with a carefree spirit, and we want to inspire our consumers with these positive brand values through a special customisation event. We are exhilarated and thankful for the love and response we have received through this inaugural engagement. This is not just about designing flip-flops, but also an activity to create beautiful memories with our fans as they join us in celebration of Havaianas 50th birthday,” quipped Rachel Ang, Marketing Manager of Havaianas Singapore.


“In just over two years since launching the Havaianas first standalone h store in Singapore in 2009, we have undoubtedly grown and successfully established ourselves as a fashion staple in every fashionista’s wardrobe. Now with the launch of MYOH in Singapore, new chapters of Havaianas history are being written and we look forward to adding on to that list in the coming years!” she added.


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