Category Archives: Inspiration

Meet the Game Changer: Elliot Bisnow, Founder of Summit

Our first Game Changers is Elliot Bisnow, the Founder of Summit Powder Mountain. Get a look behind the scenes of how he joined with his friends to purchase a ski resort and turn it into a place where great people come together to do something great in this world. TOMS: Tell us about how you got involved with TOMS. Elliot: TOMS is an aspirational brand, and from when I first heard about it, it told me that I could think bigger, that I could live well by doing good. I’ll never forget the first time I experienced TOMS and I…

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Change the Game

One for One. It’s a simple idea. A belief that two strangers on either side of the planet can enrich each other’s lives. It’s how improving lives can be a simple act. How a simple act can change the game. Sharing this idea will take a lifetime. But isn’t that what lifetimes are for? This fall we visited Summit Powder Mountain to capture the stories about nine inspiring Game Changers. These people are dedicated to making a difference. Over the next nine weeks, we’ll introduce each Game Changer here on our blog so you can hear about their experiences in…

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“Being different simply means you are being yourself.” –Trisha, 15 Years Old

This year, we teamed up with Journeys for our newest mission aimed at stopping bullying one youth at a time. Each purchase of a TOMS StandUp Backpack will help our Giving Partners provide training for school staff and remote volunteers to prevent and respond to instances of bullying. At TOMS, we are passionate about contributing to the bullying prevention movement as many of us have felt the effects of the issue in one way or another. In celebration of this collection, the TOMS and Journeys communities open up and share their experiences with bullying and thoughts on what it means…

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“It is okay, not to be okay.” – Brittany, 16 Years Old

This year, we teamed up with Journeys to create the TOMS StandUp Backpack Collection; our newest mission with an aim to stop bullying, one youth at a time. Purchases of TOMS StandUp Backpacks will help our Giving Partners provide training for school staff and remote volunteers to prevent and respond to instances of bullying. We’re very excited to contribute to the anti-bullying movement as this issue has affected many of us at TOMS in one way or another. In celebration of this collection, the TOMS and Journeys community opens up and shares their experiences with bullying and thoughts on what…

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“Life would be boring without people being different.” – Daniel, 14 Years Old

This year, we teamed up with Journeys to create the TOMS StandUp Backpack Collection; our newest mission with an aim to stop bullying, one youth at a time. Purchases of TOMS StandUp Backpacks will help our Giving Partners provide training for school staff and remote volunteers to prevent and respond to instances of bullying. We’re very excited to contribute to the anti-bullying movement as this issue has affected many of us at TOMS in one way or another. In celebration of this collection, the TOMS and Journeys community opens up and shares their experiences with bullying and thoughts on what…

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Ten Ideas to Ensure Mom Has the Best Mother’s Day

a.k.a. How to knock mom’s TOMS shoes off with a stellar Mother’s Day. This post was written by TOMS friend and today’s guest blogger, Jessica Fiorillo of Feed Me Dearly (FYI she’s currently hosting a TOMS gift card giveaway). Mother’s Day is around the corner, making it fitting to discuss a few Mother’s Day strategies. Although an actual strategy may seem over-the-top, you can never be too prepared. Not long ago, my family of 5 made a last-minute effort to celebrate Mother’s Day and ended up at a fast food restaurant. I don’t mean to put down this global chain, but had…

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Haiti Behind the Scenes With Reese

Tell me about your experiences with Partners in Health during your trip. We took a bus that couldn’t make it all the way up the hill to the school, so we walked the rest of the way. At the top all of the students greeted us and showed us their original school, this palm hut with a dirt floor. To the right of the hut is the school they were able to build through Partners In Health. We learned that the school serves a close-knit, rural community that has helped the school to succeed even under difficult conditions. James and…

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Haiti Behind the Scenes with John

Meet John Whitledge, our Creative Director of Eyewear. We sat down with him to get a behind the scenes look of the time we spent in Haiti for our spring campaign. I’ve seen pictures of you in Nepal and Latin America. Tell me about the times when you’ve traveled with TOMS. Every time I get to travel with TOMS, it is always an adventure and a truly memorable trip.  My inaugural trip was the very first giving trip to Argentina back in 2006 where we gave away 10,000 shoes over the course of week.  I don’t think anything will ever…

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Ryan Beatty Travels to Haiti with TOMS

One of our favorite California natives -singer, Ryan Beatty- joined TOMS in Haiti for our spring 2015 campaign photo shoot. This is a country where TOMS is working to not only distribute shoes, but also provide jobs to those in need at our Giving Shoe manufacturing facility in Port-au-Prince. We are very excited to share the sights and sounds of this country over the next few weeks and thought we’d catch up with Ryan to hear what he thought of travelling around Haiti. Visiting Haiti “The trip was such an incredible experience for me. I was backstage at a show the…

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