Category Archives: Culture

What’s it like to work at TOMS? Q&A with a Giving Account Specialist

Name: Justin Wong Hometown: Sacramento, CA Job at TOMS: Giving Account Specialist Years at TOMS: 4.5 years Favorite pair of TOMS: American Flag TOMS (Summer 2014) TOMS Giving Trips: El Salvador, Shoe Giving with Save the Children (2012) and Peru, Shoe Giving with Coprodeli (2014) TOMS: How did you end up working for TOMS? Justin: I had been working at a nonprofit at the time. Someone I knew at TOMS asked if I knew anyone that was interested in a position in the Giving Department working with nonprofits. I had heard of TOMS back in 2007, so the idea of…

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Meet the TOMS HQ Barista

Here at TOMS, we know our baristas put the soul into our TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee. Whether you’re grabbing a cup at the HQ coffee bar, our Los Angeles Flagship or one of our stores in Austin, Portland or Chicago, these TOMS employees have a lot to talk about when it comes to coffee. Read on for some tips and tales from HQ barista, Brandon. TOMS: Tell us about yourself! Brandon: I’m 28 years old born and raised in sunny Southern California (Long Beach native). I’m married to my best friend and we have a 7-month-old daughter named Makayla. I’m…

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TOMS Rad Dads

It’s time to celebrate the father figures in our lives. At TOMS HQ we have a lot of hard working dads, so we sat down and talked to a few of them about fatherhood and their favorite memories with their kids. “No presents necessary on Father’s Day because my greatest gift is being Zach, Brett, and Nick’s Dad.” — Jim, father of Zach, Brett, and Nick “When I think about my absolute favorite thing to do with Summit, it’s spending time together at home in the morning. Heather and I wake up early, make coffee, hang out with the dogs,…

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Volunteering at TOMS

Here at TOMS we are big believers in the mindset of thinking globally and acting locally. One way we are able to do that is through our volunteer program. TOMS teams up with organizations around the greater Los Angeles area through a number of different activations including both on and off-site volunteering opportunities. By blending happy hour and volunteering, our Happy Helping Hours are quite the fun time. It is a great chance for us to have fun, get to know one another more, and most importantly, help our community through the help of great organizations. These happy hour events…

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This Is Port-au-Prince

We are so inspired by the culture and landscape of Haiti, and on our next venture there, we would love to make sure we stop by the best spots to see and learn as much as we can. We grabbed our local friend James Innocent and asked him to for his Port-au-Prince city guide. From where to listen to live music to the best places for walking around and exploring, James has you covered. MUSIC The Oloffson Hotel / RAM (visited by TOMS) — Live voodoo music, very fun event that a lot of internationals and Haitians go to Yanvalou —…

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Haiti Behind the Scenes with James

How would you describe this trip to Haiti? It felt like an adventure. Though I was a local expert, I couldn’t help but feel grabbed by all the beautiful elements of Haiti. We explored metal-working villages, cabins surrounded by pine trees, a surf town on the beach, and the biggest fortress in the western hemisphere. Everyone down there was connected in this experience, not just because we all shared similar passions, but because we were all exploring these unique locations together. It was really powerful to share it with like-minded individuals and to show them these majestic aspects of a…

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TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee Chat Series: Meet HQ Barista Taylor Free

Here at TOMS, we know our baristas put the sole soul into each of our TOMS Roasting Co. locations. From our Los Angeles Flagship to our newest stores in Austin, Portland and Chicago, these TOMS employees have a lot to talk about when it comes to coffee. Read on over the next few weeks for some of their coffee tips and tales. Click here to view the first coffee chat. Today we would like to introduce you to someone who saves the day, every day at TOMS HQ, barista Taylor Free.  Tell us about yourself. I was born in a hospital in Clovis, California. Yet,…

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Haiti Behind the Scenes With Half United

We were so excited that Carmin & Christian Black joined us on our photo shoot in Haiti. The Black siblings are the founders of Half United, and the people behind the concept of using a recycled bullet casing to represent your fight against hunger. Not to mention, one of our fabulous Marketplace brands on TOMS.com. Read more to hear about their experience during their time in Haiti. Tell us about Half United. At HALF UNITED we donate a week of meals to a child in need with every product sold. We are a give-back lifestyle and accessories company on a…

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The Best Chick Flicks

We recently sat down with Justin and Katie, Co-Presidents of the TOMS Chick Flick Club (yes, we have a Chick Flick Club), to ask them the hard hitting questions when it comes to Chick Flicks. Read on to learn more Name your top 5 chick flicks. Katie: The Notebook — Duh! How can you not love this tearjerker? A classic love story that’s bound to make you laugh, cry, and wish you had a Noah (or Ryan Gosling) of your own. Love Actually — Is all around us, what’s not to like about 8 love stories in one movie?! A Walk to…

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