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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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TOMS Optical: Meet Dr. Veronica Ruelas

July 16th, 2014 by TOMS

This past Spring we launched the TOMS Optical collection, featuring 21 new frames for prescription lenses to improve your vision and someone else’s. New York Eyewear Retailer, Artsee helped us celebrate our launch with an event at their funky eyewear boutique (which doubles as an art gallery) in the heart of NYC. Showcasing our take on timeless silhouettes that give back, the event was huge success for TOMS Eyewear. Take a look at some of our favorite photos:

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Recently, we spoke with Dr. Veronica Ruelas, (pictured above) the lead optometrist at the eye care practice located within Artsee, ThirdEyeChic Optometry. A certified yoga and mediation instructor, Dr. Veronica’s passion for health and well-being transcends through her practice in many ways. Here she tells us about ThirdEyeChic’s holistic approach to eye care- focusing on tailoring a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient including stress reduction and nutritional direction.

1. How do you bring you knowledge of yoga and meditation techniques to your patients?

I am certified as a yoga instructor and meditation practitioner and have done meditation courses all over the world. At first, I started it more for my own personal transformation and then when I started seeing the positive effects of it, I began to branch out and talk to my patients about it. We [ThirdEyeChic Optometry] put information up on our website so that our patients have resources available to them. A lot of things I talk about with my patients are not things other doctors talk about. Our offices are located in the financial district of NYC, which is kind of like the financial mecca of the world. It’s very fast paced and people are under stressful positions so I feel like I am in the perfect place to be able to give them these types of messages. I don’t do this for all my patients, I kind of feel them out at first. I also discuss their nutrition with them as I feel strongly that all dis-ease begins there. I am very passionate about all of this because there are a lot of positive attributes one can take with them and be able to use in their day-to-day lives.

2. Describe your optical store

Our optometric practice is located inside the optical boutique, Artsee, which is different in the sense that it doubles as an art gallery. It was created ten years ago with the philosophy that every three months they would feature a new up and coming artist. We are constantly having new artists come in and show their work and have art shows. People come in feeling like they are in this really cool museum. All of the optical frames at Arstee are hand made and are very much for the eyewear aficionado. Wanting to accommodate everyone we expanded our collections a little bit and brought in some frames that were a little less funky. We constantly strive to offer the highest possible customer experience. We try and understand what the patient’s personality is like and have fun with how far they are willing to go in their eyewear. Eyewear is so important because it is the first way one is expressing themselves when they meet someone.

3. You started a clinic in India, the ThirdEyeVision Foundation. Can you tell me about how it came to be, how the foundation works and what you see for its future?

Once I got certified as a yoga instructor I started traveling to Peru, India, Lebanon, Brazil – we have done many volunteer eye care missions, but the place that I connected with the most was in the Himalayas. There is a wonderful Swami there that has been running a medical clinic for decades servicing all of the surrounding villages. I was introduced to him by one of my teachers and he invited me to come check out what he was doing. The first year I went by myself. I brought 1,500 pairs of glasses and bags of medications and I ran the clinic with the help of the people that are already living there at the ashram. Every year it continues to grow. We now have a new building and facility there with an operational theatre. It is completely different than when I first started going. I taught them the importance of being a part of Rotary International – vision is one of Rotary’s passions. We started the application a couple of years ago and we got the chartered in 2011. My hope for the clinic is that it is completely sustainable and running even when I am not there. We have been in the process of training people there to be able to dispense the eyeglasses year round.

4. You founded AshramChic a yoga, meditation accessories and lifestyle line, in which a portion of all proceeds support the ThirdEyeVision Foundation. Can you tell me a little about it?

I was doing the clinic for a couple of years and I needed to start raising money. Up till then because it was self-funded and I couldn’t sustain that on my own. Even though the clinics are my passion, it was becoming bigger than myself. The opportunity came to open my own private practice so I started changing things around a little bit and started thinking about ways to raise money. Fundraising events and going out and raising money was not my specialty and I felt that there was a niche market for someone like me, the urban professional woman needing to find less stress in her life and that’s how I created Ashram Chic. It’s a yoga, meditation, and lifestyle company that teaches women how to meditate through mantra-based meditation with our fashion accessories and apparel.

5. How do you measure your success?

“Success is measured if you go to bed at night and you have peace of mind” – Paulo Coelho said this. I completely agree. I would love nothing more than for all the dreams to be manifested and to come to realization. I feel that it’s my social responsibility to do the best that I can. I would love to see Ashram Chic become an international success and for Third Eye Vision to be able to open clinics in very far, remote places. I’ve also taken a step back and learned to have fun with the process because if I keep up a super fast work pace, I am going to look like I am eighty years old in a few years! I have to be patient and do my best and understand that it is really not on my time. I want to have fun doing this, I want to inspire people along the way and help as many people as possible – that is really my goal.

6. What does being a TOM mean to you?

The common thread throughout all of the Ashram Chic products is “I AM.” That’s how we teach people about mantra-based meditation. We teach people to inhale “I AM” and exhale a virtue. All of our products feature different virtues or mantras attached to them. “I AM TOM” is a mantra. If you think about the universal thought that we are all one and we are all connected – there is no separation. Inhaling I AM and exhaling TOM is for me, all of us being one and all of us being a part of this moment.

To learn more about the TOMS Optical Collection click here. With every pair your purchase, TOMS will give sight to a person in need. One for One®.

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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