July 23 2014

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4 posts tagged "TOMS"

Feel-Good Food—and Shoes—With Tabitha x Toms


Tabitha Simmons and Blake MycoskieIt was warm and toasty inside the Fat Radish last night at the Tabitha Simmons x Toms dinner, but goose bumps came up on more than one occasion. That’s what happens when people talk about the giving trips that Toms founder Blake Mycoskie organizes to disadvantaged parts of the world. Giving needy kids new shoes—over 10 million pairs and counting in just seven years—feels so good, they say, you get goose bumps. Fresh off one such trip, to Honduras, Simmons was still feeling the afterglow. “I didn’t realize how diligent Toms is, where they measure each child’s foot and make sure that they fit, and then they go back in six months and regift them shoes, so it’s not just a dump-and-leave, which I found was really special.” A celebration of the new collaboration between Simmons and the one-for-one company, the party drew friends of the brands such as Liv Tyler and Hilary Rhoda. Mycoskie never stays anyplace long. His twenty-four hours in New York was sandwiched between a boys’ weekend at his home in Austin and a quick trip to London for another dinner for TabiToms, followed by a visit to Amsterdam, where he’ll get better acquainted with the Toms team there. “I do about three giving trips a year,” he said, “They’re a good reset.” Next up: India in April.

Photo: Neil Rasmus/

Simon Spurr Departs From His Label, More Details On Acne’s New Manhattan Outpost, TOMS Set To Launch A High-End Line, And More…


Simon Spurr has left his post as creative director of his namesake label. Spurr, who co-founded the label with Judd Nydes in 2006, tells WWD that he’s “not at liberty to say anything about what’s going on” at the moment. [WWD]

Twenty-one of the biggest names in fashion, including Valentino and Balmain, have teamed up with online retailer Luisa Via Roma and UNICEF for the “Pug Dogs for Happy Kids” campaign to raise money for disadvantaged children in Bangladesh. The designers have created one-of-a-kind stuffed pug dogs that will be auctioned on eBay for the cause. [Grazia Daily]

As reported last week on, Acne is set to open a larger New York store later this spring. The 33 Greene Street 3,000-square-foot unit will open its doors in May, and the Swedish label’s first U.S. location at 10 Greene Street will close. [WWD]

TOMS has just announced it’s set to launch TOMS+, a high-end version of its canvas originals. The collection, $100 to $140, will incorporate more premium materials than the basic TOMS and is launching in the fall. [Racked]

Photo: Julian Mackler / Gets a Makeover


The Row’s online home is getting beautified. relaunches this afternoon with a newer, easier-to-navigate e-tail store (above), a personal shopper to answer any questions, and online exclusives like unseen collection images, details of their recent TOMS shoe drop in Honduras (following the TOMS x The Row collaboration), and videos of all their collections. Pieces from those collections are now on offer, too, including the new bags the Olsen sisters recently debuted. Each purchase of one of those—which can, admittedly, set you back somewhere in the neighborhood of $39,000—will net you a free pair of Row sunglasses, too.

Photo: Courtesy of The Row

No Louboutins Allowed


For Anne V., no shoes are no problem—so long as it’s for a good cause. Despite the drizzly weather this morning, the Russian model (best known for her seven-year streak of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue appearances, and her relationship with Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine) led a troupe of pedicured supporters (FYI, her own paint job was DIY) on a barefoot walk around the Christopher Street Pier in downtown Manhattan for TOMS Shoes’ fourth annual One Day Without Shoes. Since its founding, TOMS has been donating a new pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair sold, and for the past few years, raised awareness still further with its annual shoeless event, dedicated to spreading the word and gathering funds. Anne’s is just one of the many events taking place around the country today. “People don’t realize what a basic need footwear is,” she said before grabbing her umpteenth cup of coffee (she woke up at 3 a.m. to promote the cause on a morning news show as well). “Even if it’s just taking off your shoes for ten minutes at your desk, it’s about raising awareness.” You can raise your own at

Photo: Courtesy of TOMS