Just a few years ago, we took a simple idea and brought it
to life. We knew it had potential, but we never imagined
that together we could accomplish so much.
2006 TOMS is born: Blake Mycoskie founds
a company with giving at its core, creating
a whole new way to do business by using the
purchasing power of individuals to benefit
the greater good. In October, we make our
first Giving Trip and deliver 10,000 pairs to
children in Argentina.
2007 We make another Giving Trip, this time to
South Africa. Our headquarters moves from the
apartment to a warehouse in Santa Monica.
2008 We start giving shoes in
the United States. The very first
One Day Without Shoes takes
place on a college campus.
2009 We begin giving shoes to kids in
Rwanda, Brazil and Zambia. And we're on
TV, featured in an AT&T commercial that
introduces us to a wider audience.
2010 In September, we return to Argentina
with a Giving Trip commemorating the
one-millionth pair of shoes given.
2011 TOMS Eyewear is launched, and our giving model expands - to help
restore sight. We start with three styles of sunglasses, and we work with
our lead Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation, to help visually impaired
and blind individuals in Nepal, Cambodia, and Tibet.
2012 During the Summer of Sight, our customers help us
reach a meaningful milestone by purchasing enough
eyewear to help restore sight to 100,000 individuals.
We open the TOMS flagship store on Abbot Kinney Blvd.
in Venice, creating a new place for the community to
experience the TOMS movement.
2013 For our customers, we introduce several new sunglasses, bringing the
number of styles available to 14. On the footwear side, we prepare to launch four
brand-new styles (two for women and two for men) over the course of the year.
Our giving grows. With more than 75 Shoe Giving Partners,
we're providing kids in more than 50 countries with new
pairs, including our recently developed winter boots. And
with more than 15 Sight Giving Partners, we're helping
restore vision to individuals in 13 countries.