Special-edition, Congolese-inspired TOMS Shoes
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TOMS x charity: water - An Eyewer collaboration
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Giving TOMS Shoes in the DRC
Founded by Ben Affleck in 2010, ECI is an advocacy and grant-making organization that works with and for the people of DRC, the third most populous country in Africa, and one that struggled under a cycle of violence for nearly 20 years – particularly in the east. Read More >>
TOMS Art of Giving Tour is back at ‘em…this time in Toronto with a few TOMS event veterans!
Read why it pays to have rad friends in fun cities…
After two awesome gallery events in Montreal and Vancouver, we’re hosting the third and final stop on this Canadian Art of Giving tour in Toronto next Tuesday.
From 5 to 7 p.m., our old friend Jessica Gorlicky, who you may remember by her spray-paint/splatter-paint/other amazing Style Your Sole creations with Lululemon last summer, is opening up her Toronto studio for a big party around One for One! Like our first two Art of Giving activations, we’re opening the floor to 30+ local artists and their unique perspectives, inviting them to interpret the movement using TOMS Shoes and TOMS Eyewear as canvas.
Think you can make it over to the JessGo studio on Tuesday? Great! Here’s all the info you need to get there…
Are you still feeling it out, or do you live far away? At least have a little fun while you’re here reading about it! Meet a few of the creative individuals whose work and live art will be featured and happening this weekend:
Artist: Erin Dyan Holman
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
TOMS: The discovery of your artistic talents: where/when/how/why?
EDH: I realized that I was artistically inclined at a young age: around ten or so, when I would be listening in class and doodling and designing clothes all over my notes. I would also do caricatures of all of my teachers, little to their knowledge.
TOMS: What inspires you in your life and in your work?
EDH: My parents are from the 1950’s, a decade that really inspires my menswear designs (always classic with a modern twist). Also, music — anything from oldies, jazz and indie to metal and new age rock — inspire my designs. I can’t live a day without busting out some sweet tunes and dancing around. It’s my way of life.
Sample of Erin’s design and styling work
TOMS: Most embarrassing song on your iPod?
EDH: Bonnie Tyler – Total eclipse of the heart…. I get really into it and when I’m walking down the street with my headphones in, and I will just burst out singing it without realizing … people will usually stare, and then I give them a thumbs up and slowly walk away as if nothing had happened.
Artist: Adrian Wu
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
TOMS: How did you hear about TOMS and what brought you into the movement?
AW: I guess I’ve always been a fan…correction I have always been a fan because I love the minimalistic build of the shoe, and the movement is picking up in a big way. I love that.
Sample of Adrian’s design work
TOMS: Most spontaneous thing you’ve done lately?
AW: Went bowling?
TOMS: If you could style a pair of TOMS Shoes for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you create?
AW: I would love to style a pair of TOMS shoes for Mark Zuckerberg. I’d like him to wear TOMS, with a platform tacked on, wrapped in black patent leather. I think it would be so funny.
Come meet us, these ladies and a whole slew of other artists at the Art of Giving event on Tuesday, 8/14!