The sun is setting. The wind is whispering lullabies of comfort. And the pink slingbacks our model wears meet the vibrance of the desert; the yellows that are gold and the reds that are magenta.
With its rugged nature and eclectic looks, Joshua National Tree Park seemed to me the perfect setting to shoot our newest sustainable and vegan shoe collection.
To the naive eye, it’s an immense desert of large rocks and shallow landscapes, but to the observer, Joshua Tree is a poetically charged desert, where nature puts on a silent, very much alive and vivid performance, directed by Mother Nature.
It’s a lovely day in May when me and my team drive to the park for our shoot, everyone buzzing with chat and laughter and excitement and coffee over the day ahead.
When we arrive, we barely even realize it. Even if Joshua Tree is nothing short of remarkable, it doesn’t peacock, trying to stand out in some obtrusive way. It’s a bizarre although mesmerizing haven.
We take a moment to appreciate the silent wonder. Then, we get to work.
The audacity of the Makoma slingback meets the shyness of nature; even more alluring when paired with a pitch black high-waist bikini bottom and knitwear that demands attention, showing off the slingbacks’ versatility and ability to adjust to occasion, whether that be for walks throughout art galleries and museums on a lazy Sunday, or for a late-night dinner party with your closest friends.
Thinking about a road trip to Joshua Tree? Find a big rock and sit for a while and let the cool of the stone embrace your back. Drink the tasty and strong and bitter coffee brewed in Joshua Tree Coffee Company. Watch the sunset. Time moves slowly here; take advantage of that.
Fun fact: How Did the Joshua Tree Get its Name?
"The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer."