Profiles in One for One: Dr. Mariano Yee, founder of Visualiza Eye Care Center

After wrapping up his studies in ophthalmology in 2002, Dr. Mariano Yee founded the Visualiza Eye Care System with the help of his brother, Nicolás, and his wife, Kimberly, to provide high-quality eye care in Guatemala City. Moved by Guatemalan’s in need of eye care, but unable to access or afford it, Dr. Mariano and his staff expanded Visualiza in 2005 to offer public eye care services. Following Aravind’s model — the world’s largest eye care system, Visualiza’s paying patients subsidize those that cannot afford care. In 2012, Visualiza became a TOMS Sight Giving Partner. Read on as Dr. Mariano tells…

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Meet Chibia! Our #TOMS Give Back to School Pinterest Contest Winner!

How would you describe your personal style? I’m all about two things: comfort, but classy. You want to be comfortable and still look nice at the same time, right? If I’m wearing a blazer, I will most likely pair with a loose t-shirt. If I am wearing jeans, I roll them up. I really enjoy wearing earth and dark tones. Pops of color are fun too, but you’ll most likely catch me in tan or navy blue. Can you tell us a little bit about the winning looks on your Pinterest board? When I made this board, I focused on…

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Sustainable sanitation initiatives in Guatemala

In Guatemala, recent reports share that 94% of Guatemalans have access to clean water sources and 80% have access to sanitation facilities. While these statistics might seem impressive at first glance, the reality is that many of these water systems have partially or completely failed. TOMS Giving Partner Water For People and TOMS Roasting Co. purchases are helping to change this. In Guatemala, TOMS works with Water For People to support projects that improve sanitation facilities and hygiene practices. Recently, in a school district in the department of El Quiche, Yohana García Urizar, president of the School Parent Teacher Committee…

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On the bright side: A look at our new fall frames

Enhance your outlook this fall with frames that pair earthy tones with assertive angles for a versatile (yet always complimentary) update to your everyday ensemble. Introducing 2 new silhouettes, Charlie Rae and Maxwell, and 3 optical frames debuting in sun with polarized mineral glass lenses, Noah, Rooper, and Archie.     Fashion Staple alert: a chunky, trendy unisex frame with crystal and two-tone color options. A bold silhouette that stands out, even in the fashion forward crowd. Oversized frames with slim lines and a rectangular shape for timeless tones.

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Profiles in One for One: Dara’s new shoes

Profiles in One for One: Dara’s new shoes Name: Dara Age: 8 Location: Guatemala Giving Partner: Children International For 8-year-old Dara, the Children International community center is like a second home. It’s a place where she can play with friends on the soccer field and practice her singing and dancing – all things she loves to do in her spare time. “I like to come here and play and write letters sometimes,” she shares. But the CI community center is more than that. It’s also a place where Dara receives vital health care like visits to the dentist and education…

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TOMS X Operation Change

Last week we brought you the launch of the TOMS Marketplace fall collection and we couldn’t be more excited. We now offer over 300 globally inspired, socially conscious products, and every product has a story. LSTN Headphones is one of our Marketplace partners with a truly incredible story, and a very memorable giving partner. Determined to make the world a better place through the power of music and consumers, LSTN founders Bridget Hilton and Joe Huff have created a line of headphones that also helps restore hearing to people in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Each year, the Starkey…

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Enter To Win!

Back in January we asked you to pick your favorite print from three options to be made into our Classic silhouette. You voted, we listened and now you can finally pick up these Night Light Classics exclusively at Nordstrom or enter to win a pair below! First Name* Last Name* Zip Code* Your E-mail Address* I’d like to receive TOMS emails and promotions Submit Entry   The Official Rules are available in their entirety at: www.toms.com/stories/inspiration/nordstrom-tcs • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. • Promotion is open only to persons who at the time of entering (a) have reached the…

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TOMS TRIBE SOUNDTRACK

Warm lattes, passing hallway hellos, the first round of morning emails… the shuffle at the start of the day here at TOMS. You can pin a song to any moment, and kickstarting the day with a perfect melody always sets a good tone. As our internship winds to a close, we compiled some of the music that has accented our time at HQ. From relative newcomers to genre staples, this playlist covers the bases. This is our slice of California summer, sit back and press play.

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Introducing TOMS Sight Giving Partner Visualiza

Since 1995, Visualiza Eye Care Center, has provided high-quality eye care to people in Guatemala City and beyond. In 2002, the then-private clinic expanded to offer public services for local people in need. The evolution of Visualiza’s services meant they could access eye care at an affordable rate; their fees were subsidized by Visualiza’s private side. It was the first time this had been done in Latin America. Despite the many critics, Dr. Mariano Yee and his staff have successfully run the social and private clinic at the same time, providing the same high quality of service to each patient,…

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