Journey

Emerald of the Equator

Take the journey that inspired Solana's Indonesia Collection

Each Solana collection is inspired by a culture around the world. This is part of Solana's mission to celebrate differences and bring people together in greater understanding. The idea began a couple years ago with Lebanon and Mexico before finally launching the Indonesia collection.

The Indonesia collection is inspired by our time exploring the Emerald of the Equator. As we created the designs, we tried to capture the feeling of our journey as authentically as possible. With each design we aimed to give the feeling of serenity and peace, calmness and vitality, and to reflect on the beauty of the islands while honoring Indonesia’s diverse spirituality. Mostly, we tried to embody the friendliness of the people, their genuine smiles and ease of being.

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Bromo

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Indonesia + the Planet

As we began, we were left with a sense of humility in the face of Indonesia’s grandeur. Considering each place, we could not escape the fact that our images were connected deeply to the natural world, to the palm trees, to the coffee plantations, to the volcanoes, to the temples overgrown by more green fauna than one is likely to see in a lifetime, to the crystal blue water surrounding all 17,508 islands. We knew that to create a shoe we were proud to share with the world, we had to consider the planet.

Sustainability + Fashion

Working with master craftsmen in Spain, we developed Solana's exclusive take on the classic espadrille. The shoe is impeccably crafted with exceptional quality and detail using vegan and certified sustainable materials. The commitment to quality is true to Solana's mission to create a cleaner, more culturally conscious world. The shoes are culturally inspired and consciously made, not only a representation of Indonesia but also a testament to the natural world.

Explore some of the places that inspired Solana's Indonesia Collection:

Borobudur

Borobudur is a UNESCO Heritage Site built in the 9th century CE in Central Java. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the world with nine stacked platforms and a massive central dome. The dome is encircled by 72 seated Buddha statues all enshrined by stupas. Along the walls are relief panels that blend indigenous ancestral worship with the Mahayana concept of attaining Nirvana. Built on fertile land in "the garden of Java," Borobudur is 40km from Yogyakarta.

Prambanan

Prambanan Temple is a UNESCO Heritage Site built in the 9th century CE during the Sanjaya Dynasty in response to neighboring Buddhist temples. It was the largest Hindu temple of ancient Java and dedicated to the Trimurti, the trinity of Hindu's three main gods - Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Sustainer), and Shiva (the Destroyer). Inside the temples are ornate statues to the three gods, as well as to their consorts. The temple is 20km outside Yogyakarta.

Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo is located in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java. It's not easy to reach but worth the journey. To take the striking landscape photo, we had to wake at 3am and make our way to Sernui viewpoint, where we climbed to the top. When the volcano appeared, framed by the Tengger massif, it was one of the most impressive sights we had ever seen. Afterwards, we trekked the Sea of Sand and climbed to the top of the caldera to peer inside.

Ubud

Ubud is a yogi town in the uplands of central Bali. It's iconic rice fields were made popular by Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. The town sits in the midst of a rainforest with a huge monkey sanctuary at its heart. There are ancient holy sites all around and cafes for working remotely or relaxing. The town has become ex-pat friendly and many of the best restaurants require a scooter, which is a must have for total freedom here. We stayed for one week but could have easily stayed a year.

Multiple Positions

Tegallalang

Tegallalang Rice Terraces are 10km outside Ubud in the center of Bali. It's a quick scooter ride and very pleasant in the early morning. The green, terraced rice paddies make for one of the most picturesque locations you will find. For this reason it's also a very popular tourist hotspot. We made sure to get there before it opened, which made for a cool, early morning ride and a quiet stroll through the terraces. By the time the crowd arrived we were sipping tea.

Uluwatu

Uluwatu is a surf town located on the southwestern tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. It found its popularity after the making of a classic surf film called Morning of the Earth. The town is incredibly laid back, everyone seems to know each other, and its surrounded by beautiful ocean cliffs. In fact, Ulu literally means "land's end" and watu literally means "cliff." We ended our trip to Indonesia here but it will be the first place we go when we return.

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Ubud

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