In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. 

Under this philosophy, Cactus Plant Flea Market has successfully created a unique reinterpretation of the Nike VaporMax 2019 that we definitely consider a design worthy of attention.




The mind behind this unique design style, Cynthia Lu - who was an intern at Complex and then worked with Pharrell at the Billionaire Girls Club - has turned Cactus Flea Plant Market into an ultra-influential streetwear brand by making its fluid and eccentric combination of typography and playful embroidered and screen-printed graphics, a great brand hallmark, boasting a simple but extremely ingenious design.

CFPM has achieved to make huge waves in the industry for a number of years and worked on collaborations with the likes of luxury godparents like Kanye Weast, Kid Cudi, Cara Delevingne, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and more.




Reinventing the aesthetics of the VaporMax with very original details, Cactus Plant Flea Market has taken inspiration of Nike's slogan "Just Do It" to create these soulful sneakers that present a deconstructed aesthetics where the upper rests on a textured black base accentuated with a turquoise buzz embroidered in relief, emanating a hand-made feel. Their signature double eyed smiley face rest atop the heel counter in yellow, adding a bright touch to the ensemble. 

Finally, the shoe is elevated with red and green segments that visually reproduce the optical phenomenon of the “green flash”, which occurs when green stelae are briefly seen on the edge of the solar disk just after sunset or just before sunrise.



The CPFM x Nike Vapormax 2019 sneakers will be available at all Dover stores starting May 14, following a global launch at Nike SNKRS under the price of 190£.

Cactus Plant Flea Market has broken down the imperfectly perfect design proving there’s only beauty in all imperfections.