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Lena Dunham Launches New High-Top Sneaker with Lakai

Lena Dunham, Golden Globe winner, actress and brains behind the hit TV show Girls, announced Tuesday the debut of her footwear collaboration with skater sneaker brand Lakai.

The launch of the high-top comes at the end of production for the star’s beloved TV show Girls, and serves as a new venture for Dunham with friend and illustrator Joana Avillez, who uses her talents on the sneakers in an array of doodles and drawings.


“This particular sneaker collaboration was inspired by a workshop my sister, Grace, and I did at Young Women Empowered (Y-We), an arts organization in Seattle encouraging young women to express themselves through writing and art,” Dunham said. “Grace and I wanted to find a creative way to send funds in their direction, and also design a product they’d actually be excited to sport- something by women, for women, with whimsy and humor. That’s why I enlisted my old friend Joana Avillez to draw a range of fantastical women.”

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Y-We organization, which helps women from various backgrounds become leaders through intergenerational mentorship, intercultural collaborations and creative programs that give girls the confidence and skills needed to help them improve themselves and their communities.

The sneakers, which retail for $70, come in white and pink, and each feature illustrations by Avillez.