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 >>
We asked the TOMS family for some good advice via their TOMS moms, a source we know is chock-full-o-inspiration. Read what Daniela, on the TOMS HR team, relays via her (incredible) mother:
I guess you can say my mom has taught me how to spend money wisely.
My parents came to the United States when they were 25 years old, with no money in their pockets, and we are all proud of the life they have built. Today we are a family of four; my dad owns a own small business; my mom has managed to make a life for all of us.
Growing up my mom really instilled in us that it’s okay (and kind of awesome) to shop at thrift stores, paint your own home, garden on the weekends, and be frugal. I understand that because she was thrifty, we could enjoy things that would otherwise be out of reach. Now, I’m practicing her tricks and saving up for an around-the-world trip.
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“Coffee, craft beer, TOMS and a Cormac McCarthy novel comes dangerously close to describing a Thursday night for me…” — Daniel Head, TOMS Social Media Team.
For the last decade, this trio has been jamming out as the guitarist, singer and drummer (respectively) of Los Angeles-based band Dengue Fever.
“I heard the music that Cambodia was making in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and was really into it,” Zac said. He and his brother (also in the band) went down to Long Beach, Calif. — sister city to Phnom Penh and home to SoCal’s Little Cambodia — and hit the nightclub circuit looking for a singer. When they discovered Nimol, originally from Cambodia, singing, they begged her to join the band, and the rest is history.”
Inviting Dengue Fever on our journey to Cambodia helped us connect on a deeper level with the country — the people, sounds, projects and places took on new life as we watched our cultures intertwine on this Giving Trip.
We recently joined some of our Shoe and Sight Giving Partners in Cambodia, a country we’ve been giving in since 2010, and found ourselves completely taken aback.
We expected to immerse ourselves in the rugged details, get our hands dirty with our Giving Partners, and gain a better understanding of our partners’ programs.