Perfect for almost anything
We think it's about time you #MeetThePaseos, our newest style of TOMS Shoes, and the first pair designed especially for dudes. They're SoCal-inspired, functional and, well, just all-around cool. Read what they're about, & see who's wearing them! Read More >>
TOMS Eyewear's One for One = more than you think
We often share the transformative moments: when someone sees his/her grandchildren for the first time in years after a sight-‐restoring surgery, or when the chalkboard in a classroom is suddenly clear with a new pair of glasses. But the third component of TOMS Sight Giving is equally important. Read More >>
Change-makers weigh in
In light of our collab with Eastern Congo Initiative, we're broadening our scope and letting YOU weigh in on how you help people to change their own communities. Read what some incredible folks have shared... Read More >>
A few months ago, TOMS partnered with the Do Lectures, a British conference for forward thinkers to commune over ways in which to create meaningful and sustainable business models for the good of the community.
And a few months ago, Tim Griffiths was just a 23 year old student, working at a local computer retail shop, with with an interest in cycling adventures, technology, food, and coffee foam art. Until the fated day that he happened upon this blog post. The little wheels in his brain were set to overdrive.
You see, ever since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Tim had been determined to go out and do his part to help rebuild the Haitian community. Quickly learning that enthusiasm was no replacement for expertise in the world of volunteering, he turned to his university for help, and before long, he was put in contact with a local group that received him. What his time in Haiti lacked in duration it made up for in substance. Tim was moved by the energy of the Haitian people, who were eager to get going on entrepreneurial adventures to help rebuild their community and local economy, but just lacked the resources to do so.
Tim found himself back in the UK, overflowing with ideas, and the want to start something meaningful. But similar to his Haitian counterparts, he felt he lacked the resources. That’s when he entered to win the chance to attend the Do Lectures, a place that guides individuals to turn thoughts into actions. With no prior knowledge of film making or editing, he put together a video entry, submitted it, and… HE WON!
“Without sounding too grandiose, I think that The Do Lectures may prove to be one of the most life changing experiences of my time. Too often we are surrounded by people who want to tell us we can’t do things, or that it’s not possible. At The Do Lectures, you are surrounded by people who had already done it! I left the Do Lectures with the belief that I could achieve my dreams and i have been working on this ever since.” - Tim
Tim’s experience, combined with his love for coffee and Haiti’s agricultural wealth and coffee bean industry, has brought him to a solid goal. In 10 years time, Tim hopes to have a physical space in Bristol, England, that will sell coffee from and support private Haitian farmers.
Tim, congratulations and full steam ahead! We can’t wait to hear more about your progress…
To see how TOMS is currently doing it’s part to employ and sustain a group of local artists in Haiti, check out this entry: http://blog.toms.com/post/46346923036/toms-haiti-artist-collective
Hey friends in the UK, London to be exact —
Join TOMS and District MTV this coming Tuesday, April 16th for One Day Without Shoes.
See our event page (linked below!) Or check out this cool article on District MTV’s page for more info!
Vist the event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/446616355414235/
Hope to see you there!
We recently ran a design competition at the University of the Arts London Freshers Fair (freshman orientation week), where students were invited to design their own pair of TOMS Classics. With the help of Dilys Williams, the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, we are proud to introduce our winner, Liseth Amaya! Liseth’s intricate detail and inspiration was simply moving.
We at TOMS know the world is full of inspiring people who have started something that matters and have amazing stories that deserve to be told! Our friends at The Do Lectures are all about getting these innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives together in one place to share their stories and start something! They were even voted as one of the top ten idea festivals in the world (by The Guardian, UK) along with TED, South by Southwest and Burning Man. And not only do they host these incredible festivals in Wales and California but, they also film all their content and post it to their website for all to see!
A new year may have swept in, but Charlotte, a TOMS employee in the UK, takes some time to reflect on one of her favorite lessons about the TOMS culture, which she learned at the end of 2012.
One Friday morning in London, with good in mind, we booked a meeting room and, armed in giant, shiny, gold trousers, we choreographed a dance.