INSPIRED BY FRANCE. MADE FOR L.A.
The Clare V. x TOMS collection supports MADE by DWC, a Los Angeles-based social enterprise operated by the Downtown Women's Center to provide job training and transitional employment for formerly homeless women.
FROM THE CREATOR
"This collection brings so many of the brand's signature design elements to life, sourced from years spent in the French countryside with my family, and the sunbleached colors of our life in Los Angeles."
— Clare V.
Angelenos for L.A.
As Los Angeles-based companies who love their hometown, Clare V. and TOMS decided to do something different for this collection and give back to a local cause.
The Clare V. x TOMS collection supports MADE by DWC, a social enterprise created by the Downtown Women’s Center that helps empower formerly homeless women to discover talents and develop skills through vocational opportunities. MADE by DWC offers product-making and design workshops to the women at Downtown Women’s Center as well as a retail space for them to sell their wares in hopes that this new expertise and revenue stream will help them transition out of homelessness.
Founded in 1978 and now reaching over 3,000 women each year, Downtown Women’s Center is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming homelessness. Their nationally-recognized model for addressing women’s specific needs advances both immediate concerns and long-term solutions to the homelessness crisis in greater Los Angeles.
Of all the organizations in Los Angeles, MADE by DWC felt particularly close to home for Clare V. as a local female creative. "Having the opportunity to use my creative work to help other female creators is really special to me," Clare V said on the partnership.
The organization struck a chord with the employees at TOMS as well. Last year on Giving Tuesday, TOMS employees volunteered with local organizations including the Downtown Women’s Center. Many TOMS employees sorted donations, helped prepare meals, and shopped at the MADE by DWC boutique.
"The candles, the notebooks–everything was adorable. We all bought holiday gifts on our way out. The craftsmanship was really impressive," said Allyson, a TOMS production designer.
Clare V. and TOMS are proud to support this LA-based organization and the women who use their services.
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ABOUT CLARE V. x TOMS
The Clare V. x TOMS collection features a series of classic TOMS styles with signature design elements from Clare V. The tassels on the Deconstructed Alpargata are a new imagining of our bestselling pom-poms that feel like just the right accent we’d want to see–and wear–on the classic TOMS shoes. The collection features Clare V.’s iconic leopard print on a Classic TOMS slip-on and a Katalina flat, a new style with removable laces you can wear three ways. This collection supports Made by DWC, a social enterprise created by the Downtown Women’s Center that helps empower women to discover talents and develop skills through vocational opportunities.