MoMA Design Store’s Subu slippers have quickly become a classic, whether coated in Black Teflon or Dusen Dusen’s eye-popping stripes. For the holiday season, Yinka Ilori is offering an exclusive trio of new takes that draw on the London designer’s British and Nigerian heritage.
“My wish is that whoever wears these slippers won’t only enjoy the comfort and style,” he says, “but will also consider the significance behind the patterns and colors I carefully selected.” With its pink and orange hearts, Mo Dupe is named for the phrase I’m thankful, Ilori says, to “encourage us to cherish what’s precious.” It joins the summery Sun & Trees and Obi patterns. The latter, he says, “pays homage to the fruit from the West African obi kola nut tree, a powerful symbol within my culture and a sacred offering.”
A vibrant tableware range named for the Nigerian phrase sweet sun joins the new Subu styles. Oorun Didun includes ceramic serving bowls and platters, a textured glass vase, and a duo of glass cups. “The collection places my British-Nigerian traditions at the forefront, and so much of those traditions are connected to gathering together in celebration,” he says. “I hope that some of the joy I’ve felt through celebrating can be passed on.”