Special-edition, Congolese-inspired TOMS Shoes
We're teaming up with Giving Partner Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), an advocacy and grant-making organization founded by Ben Affleck, on two Congolese-inspired designs with an additional give. Read More >>
TOMS x charity: water - An Eyewer collaboration
TOMS and charity: water, an organization founded in 2006 (like TOMS!) that’s dedicated to to helping bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, join forces for the first-ever TOMS Eyewear collab! Read More >>
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 >>
Adam, Emily and Collette are friends of the TOMS family. They are embarking on a journey of a lifetime and were kind enough to share tidbits of their travels with us. In their own words and incredible images…
We are a family of 3 living and sleeping in our van, mainly freestyle camping. Meaning we camp far off the beaten path, like down a bumpy dirt road, or right up in the mix of things near a busy intersection in a city. Our experiences of the places we visit are quite raw because of this: we hear the symphony of the jungle or laughter of late night passers-by, we smell the evening meals of a nearby family, and we feel the sun creep above the horizon, radiating off the sand and warming the pop-top tent. In our life of windows and canvas walls, we are open to the world and the world is open to us- we have never felt more alive!
Our journey has reinforced the values that led us on this trip: simple living and richness of experience, love above all, togetherness, respect for others and the planet. The trip means spending nearly every waking hour with our daughter, which is the greatest gift and challenge. Three months have now passed with a flow that has us grounded and connected to our surroundings and the natural world.
We spend as much time as possible being creative and enjoying outdoor activities like surfing, hiking, playing on the beach and stargazing. We hope to inspire others to adventure into their own great backyards!
Adam is a fine artist, working on a new body of work inspired by our travels. From his own photographs taken on the road, and found elements, collages are crafted. You can see more of his work at www.adamharteau.com and cinematic vignettes that can be seen here https://vimeo.com/ouropenroad/videos.
A few of our favorite moments include:
Hierve El Agua in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico glitters in our memories as an especially magical location. As the sun set over the calcium cascade, which stands frozen like a melting ice cream, the canyon beyond was illuminated in a rainbow of soft light.
In Pavones, Costa Rica we discovered a fairytale camp site where a buoyant lawn overlooking the black sand beach was framed by palm trees.
The slew of cultures and variety of nature we have seen continues to blow our minds and open our hearts.
Our Open Road serves as a modern family portrait, as we shed our robes of comfort to reexamine the American Dream, we hope to inspire others to create, eat well, spend quality time together, and adventure into their own great backyards.