Ipanema, situated in Southern Rio de Janeiro, is known for its nightlife, beautiful beaches and warm people. Ipanema is also a world renowned flip flop designer and manufacturer which uses an innovative material known as "melfex", which is flexible, resistant and, most importantly, environmentally friendly. The company has been collaborating with super model Gisele Bündchen since 2002. The great thing about Ipanema's footwear is that it can be worn not only to the beach, but also to special events. Ipanema sandals are elegant, trendy and embellished with lovely details.