A SUMMER AT TOMS: PART TWO

These last several weeks here at TOMS HQ have been quite the experience. Between group projects, meetings with managers, working lunches with TOMS executives, and weekly excursions to places all over the SoCal area, the schedule’s been pretty tight. No morning coffee runs or mind-numbing paper filing for us, we’re too busy working with our departments on specialized projects that each has an impact on the company. One of those fore-mentioned day trips was to the heart of the TOMS U.S. delivery system: the distribution center. Last week we all piled into the TOMS van, adorned with pictures of smiling…

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Pin to Win! Enter the #TOMS Give Back to School Pinterest Contest

How to Enter: 1)    Follow @TOMS on Pinterest 2)    Create a new board entitled “#TOMS GIVE BACK TO SCHOOL CONTEST” 3)    Categorize your board under “Women’s fashion” or “Men’s fashion” 4)    Pin your dream “Back to School” closet, selecting items only from www.toms.com. (Please note that you may include Marketplace items on your board.) 5)    Create your favorite “First Week Looks” for Back to School, and hashtag each item and your board with “#TOMS Give Back To School Contest” and 6)    Provide the information requested below to submit your entry by August 3. (including but not limited to your…

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TOMS Optical: Meet Dr. Veronica Ruelas

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: Recently, we spoke with Dr. Veronica Ruelas, (pictured above) the lead optometrist at the eye care practice located within Artsee, ThirdEyeChic Optometry. A…

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Fostering Empowerment in Sustainable Eye Care

Since the launch of TOMS Eyewear in 2011, we’ve been committed to investing in long-term solutions to eye care. That’s why our Sight Giving program invests in clinics and hospitals, as well as the people who work in them. With the help of Seva Foundation, our lead Sight Giving Partner, we support locally based organizations that train local residents to provide high quality, professional eye care. So it’s not just an investment in the clinics and hospitals; it’s an investment in the people who work in them. Each TOMS Eyewear purchase is carefully structured to contribute to restoring sight to a…

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Adventure Awaits

TOMS was founded on the spirit of adventure and discovery. In 2006, Founder Blake Mycoskie traveled to Argentina to learn about the culture and the people. He met a group of kids that forever changed his life, and many of ours. This season, we chose to celebrate the spirit of discovery and adventure in Guatemala. With it’s rugged topography and rich culture, Guatemala is not only a place of wonder and natural beauty, but also a place where we give in all three capacities: shoes, sight, and water. Taking us on our journey are three TOMS employees: Chad from our…

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Profiles in One for One: Africare gives Jungle new TOMS Shoes

Profiles in One for One: Africare gives Jungle new TOMS Shoes Name: Jungle Age: 16 Location: Malawi Giving Partner: Africare Sixteen-year-old Jungle lost both his parents before the age of eight. He regards his elder sister as his guardian, but he lives alone near his sister’s house because he does not want to burden her family. Jungle is a hustler in the best sense of the word. His grades got him accepted into secondary school, and a local church has promised to pay his fees. In addition to his schoolwork, Jungle does gardening, catches and sells fish, and performs in…

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A Summer at TOMS: Part One

Summer internships are a major component in the lives of young professionals worldwide. Companies often task very specific individuals with large responsibility. As applicants, you want to learn. You want to contribute. You want to soak up as much culture and connection as possible. For nine individuals hailing from eight states, TOMS became the site of our summer internship. And from the moment we entered the door, we knew we were in store for the job of a lifetime. Every facet of TOMS is represented within the building. The walls are adorned with bright colors and rustic patterns. Meeting rooms are…

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Giving Partner Spotlight: Africare

In case you didn’t know, Africa is rising. Important measures like child mortality are improving dramatically, and economies are gaining momentum. TOMS Giving Partner Africare helps underserved African communities build the futures they want, and Africare and their partnering communities know educating the next generation is crucial to continued growth on the continent. By addressing the obstacles to education, Africare helps more children go to school and perform better. Community-based support systems to pay school fees mean Orphans and Vulnerable Children get a chance to go to school that they may not have had. Increased clean water access and improved…

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TOMS X Paul Van Dyk

For our latest collaboration, we’ve partnered with Paul van Dyk, a German Grammy Award- winning Electronic Dance Music DJ, musician and record producer. Famous for pioneering the dance music sub-genre Trance in the early ’90s, his high-energy live sets at major dance festivals twice led him to be voted the world’s top DJ by DJ Magazine. PVD is credited as one of the hardest working artists in electronic music, with sold-out tours that cross each continent, headline spots at every major festival, and a hugely successful recording career. With over 3 million albums sold worldwide, van Dyk travels around the world over…

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