Category Archives: Movement

Marketplace Feature: GREENOLA STYLE

We’re proud to introduce a new brand to TOMS Marketplace this holiday season, GREENOLA STYLE. Through design and innovation, GREENOLA STYLE provides advancement opportunities to artisans in marginalized regions of the world. Empowering women is very important to founder, Jen Morgan, which is why 90% of their artisans are women. These artisans receive access to education and healthcare, allowing them to feel empowered to promote positive values and skills to their children and their community. To Jen, GREENOLA STYLE has evolved greater than just an idea, it’s a working model of empowerment. Read on to learn more about Jen and how she has brought to…

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Marketplace Feature: Faire Collection

New to TOMS Marketplace this season, Faire Collection is a fair trade lifestyle brand that alleviates poverty by utilizing a holistic approach which develops their artisans’ productive skills, promotes family & health education and increases income levels.  Stemming from her desire to make a positive impact on the world, Founder Amanda Judge left her job in finance to travel Latin America searching for inspiration. While working toward her master’s degree in economic development, Amanda made her way to Ecuador to research how communities could sustainably bring themselves out of poverty. She spent days wandering through Ecuadorian markets, meeting local artisans and ultimately…

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Marketplace Feature: La Mer Collections

We’re excited to announce that we have three new brands joining TOMS Marketplace this holiday season. First up is La Mer Collections. This collection of beautiful handcrafted watches was born from founder Martine Ilana’s passion for design, her love of quality materials and simple beauty. She pulls inspiration for each piece from her journeys: South Africa’s colorful markets, Bali’s lush flowers, Italy’s gorgeous leathers and Thailand’s clear blue ocean. Each season La Mer’s color palette is chosen from these bright and colorful experiences.  The Guatemala Collection joins TOMS Marketplace from a collaboration with Kixjo artisans in Guatemala. Each piece is wrapped with…

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Marketplace Feature: Azie Tesfai, Founder of Fortuned Culture

Fortuned Culture is a TOMS Marketplace jewelry brand that supports different charities from around the world. We sat down with founder Azie Tesfai to learn about her artistic inspiration and how she decides the unique give behind each piece. Where did the idea for Fortuned Culture stem from? I come from a 3rd world country. I am Eritrea, my mom’s family who I am very close with is from Ethiopia and I spent a lot of time in East Africa as a child growing up and so I was very aware of poverty. So then living in Los Angeles I…

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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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A SUMMER AT TOMS: BACKGROUNDS

It’s halfway through the summer, and the Tribe has spoken. Working at TOMS is awesome. Each department is unique and colorful in its own way, bustling with energy inside of HQ. Every employee has arrived here with a story, many of which we’ve been fortunate to hear over these last few weeks. As we begin the second half of our internship, we took a second to reflect on our paths leading to TOMS and what moved us to apply for a spot within the Tribe. Carolina Amaya Hi I’m Carolina and I’m from Downtown Los Angeles, which makes me the…

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Marketplace Feature: Melody Murray, Founder of JOYN

What compelled you and your husband to travel to Uganda your first summer as newlyweds? We were crazy – crazy in love and crazy dreamers. We had big dreams from the day we met. David and I grew up in amazing families with opportunities to travel, receive a good education, expand our world view at young ages. We both had a desire to give others who were less fortunate the opportunities that we had been gifted our entire lives. This is one of the main things that drew us to each other initially and still drives us closer to each…

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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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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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