The Beverly Hills Hotel's Iconic Banana-leaf Wallpaper Is Now a California-cool Sneaker
The Beverly Hills Hotel is home to what is perhaps one of the most recognizable wallpapers in the world. Designer and decorator Don Loper created the Martinique Banana Leaf print for the hotel in 1942, and it has maintained a level of cultural influence across design, travel, fashion, and art ever since.
From scene-y New York City restaurants like Indochine to celebrity homes to apparel, the print has remained a culturally relevant symbol of upscale leisure for more than 60 years. The hotel — which is practically synonymous with Old Hollywood glamour and was often frequented by Marilyn Monroe — has a total of five and a half miles of the wallpaper throughout, from the guest corridors to the Fountain Coffee Room to the poolside umbrellas.
This season, modern luxury leather goods brand Koio collaborated with the Beverly Hills Hotel to design the hotel’s very first sneaker using the popular Martinique print. This collaboration is a fun deviation from Koio’s usually minimalistic approach to footwear.
“The Koio x Beverly Hills Hotel special edition sneaker was designed to feel like a stroll through the hotel, with the Martinique Banana Leaf pattern on the outside and the hotel’s sunbed stripes on the insoles,” according to Koio founders Johannes Quodt and Christ Wichert. Creating a special edition for the Beverly Hills Hotel has always been a dream for the two designers, both avid travelers themselves.
Edward Mady, the West Coast Regional Director and General Manager of the Beverly Hills Hotel added, “Koio’s commitment to quality and their strong following among global tastemakers makes them the ideal partner to create this fun footwear that celebrates the hotel’s most beloved design element.”
And we must say, these might be the most wearable (and Instagrammable) version of the print we’ve seen in a long time.
The collection will include three exclusive Koio sneaker styles designed with an adaptation of the iconic Martinique Banana Leaf print. The low-tops retail for $475 and the high-tops are $550, and the entire collection is currently available exclusively through the gift shop at the Beverly Hills Hotel.