Maker of Toms shoes expands into coffee roasting

Toms, the Los Angeles company known for its comfy, eco-friendly footwear and its shoes-donating ways, is tiptoeing into an unusual product line: coffee.

The philanthropic business, which sells shoes and eyewear under a One for One business model, made the announcement Tuesday in Austin, Texas, at the South by Southwest Interactive conference.

For every bag of coffee purchased, Toms said it will be able to provide a week’s worth of clean water to a person in a developing country.

“Through my travels, I found that some of the greatest coffee comes from developing countries,” said Toms founder Blake Mycoskie in a statement. “I learned that the largest ingredient in coffee is water, and that in many of the countries producing coffee, there are huge populations of people without access to safe water.”

Citing a 2012 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study, the company said 1.8-billion people globally do not have access to safe drinking water. [For the record, 1:20 p.m. March 12: An earlier version of this post said that 1.8-million people don’t have access to safe drinking water water.]

Toms Roasting Co., as the business will be called, will sell six coffee varieties from countries that include Honduras, Peru and Malawi. The 12-ounce bags of coffee will retail for $12.99 and will be sold at Whole Foods Markets, on Toms’ website and at Toms cafes.

Toms, founded in 2006, began selling shoes with philanthropic intentions. For every pair sold, it donates a pair to someone in need in a developing country. In 2011, it expanded into eyewear and sales of those products helped the company donate glasses and fund glaucoma surgeries for people in other countries.

To date, the company has donated more than 10 million pairs of shoes and restored the eyesight of 200,000 people.

For its latest expansion, the company will work with Water for People, a nonprofit group that works to provide safe drinking water abroad.

Toms Shoes: A Venice shoe-in

Toms Shoes has opened its first retail store and community space, in Venice, barely an alpargata’s toss from the apartment living room where Blake Mycoskie started building his buy-one-give-one, commerce-meets-cause shoe empire six years ago.

Inhabiting a Craftsman-style cottage on Abbot Kinney, the 2,200-square-foot indoor-outdoor space feels like a college coffee house in all the right ways.

Created in collaboration with L.A.’s Commune Design, it boasts rough-hewn wooden walls and floors inside. Outside, there’s a back porch enclosed by a hodgepodge of corrugated roofing, canvas tenting and repurposed wood-frame windows. There’s a counter selling coffee by Caffecito, juice drinks from Pressed Juicery and kabocha squash loaf and other nibbles from Valerie Confections, all three L.A.-based purveyors. The backyard with artificial turf, benches and a free-standing fire pit is available for use by nonprofit groups. And a book exchange, free Wi-Fi and board games encourage hanging out. Of course, the full range of Toms products is available, including men’s, women’s and children’s shoes and boots, sunglasses, T-shirts and sweat shirts, and leather-bound Toms journals, modeled after Mycoskie’s own travel logs.

“We wanted to give something back to the community,” Mycoskie said. “As Toms has grown, I’ve been thinking about our mission. It’s about giving and one-for-one, which is why we sell shoes to give to children in need and sell eyewear to give cataract surgery to give sight. But more than that, I believe business can be used to improve people’s lives. And the only reason it makes sense to get into retail is to create community spaces to improve people’s lives.

Stand-alone retail is just the latest development for the company, which has seen tremendous growth since it was founded in 2006. Last spring, Toms launched eyewear, signaling that it would no longer be just a shoe company but a multiproduct company based on the one-for-one giving model. Mycoskie expects to launch a new product category in the next 12 to 24 months. He’s also working on pilot projects featuring manufacturing in Africa, to be announced in the spring. “We’ve heard loud and clear from our customers that they want more in-country production and more in-country job creation,” he said. “If we’re giving in these countries, we also need to be creating jobs and supporting entrepreneurs.”

The other big news in Mycoskie’s life? He and girlfriend Heather Lang tied the knot three months ago at the Sundance Resort in Utah, then embarked on a honeymoon that included visits to Thailand, Bali and India. “They were all places that neither of us had ever been,” he said. “It was fun to do some traveling that was not for work.”

Toms Shoes’ model is sell a pair, give a pair away

The power of shoes. It’s something most women and many men understand completely. And it is what transformed the young, shaggy-haired, rope-bracelet-wearing entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie into a visionary business leader hobnobbing with former President Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu in less than three years. The 32-year-old founded Toms Shoes based on the simple idea that for every pair of his canvas shoes you buy, a pair is given to a child in need.

To date, he’s given away 140,000 pairs of shoes in the U.S., Argentina, Ethiopia and South Africa. This year, Mycoskie expects to donate 300,000 pairs of shoes, bring in $13 million in sales and work toward his goal of eradicating podoconiosis in Ethiopia, a deforming foot disease caused by walking barefoot in silica-rich soil.

It doesn’t hurt that the Arlington, Texas, native has Clinton-like charisma, Hollywood good looks and lives on a boat in Marina del Rey with “Toms” sails. He’s living and selling the SoCal life — with a social conscience.

The shoes, featuring colorful geometric, tie-dye or glitter designs, start at $44 and come in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes. They’re sold at more than 500 stores nationwide and internationally, including Nordstrom and Whole Foods, which features styles made from recycled materials.

“When you’re buying a pair of Toms, if you don’t feel like you’re part of a community then I’ve failed,” he says.

Mycoskie has amassed followers while speaking around the country — at the White House, the 2009 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference and the Clinton Global Initiative Conference. Ralph Lauren asked him to work on a few styles for his Rugby collection, the first time Lauren has collaborated with another brand.

Toms employees are equally enthusiastic. Candice Wolfswinkel, the chief giving officer, worked for free for a year until Mycoskie could pay her. “He is not afraid to show his emotions to make sure people know they are appreciated,” she says. Caroline Zouloumian, chief financial officer and a Harvard MBA, left the world of finance for Toms. “He’s not egocentric like some entrepreneurs are,” she says. More than 1,000 people have applied for this year’s 15 summer internships at Toms.

So far, the company has turned only a marginal profit. Mycoskie says he will have to sell about 1 million pairs of shoes a year to be really profitable. He hasn’t taken on any outside investors.

“The goal isn’t how much money you make,” he says. “But how much you help people.”

Allbirds’ Staple Shoes Fall Collection Were Sold Out in a Day and Now They Have Been Restocked in New Colors

When we talk about shoes that offer the best comfort for our legs, Alllbirds is one of the brands that we can remember. This is a San Francisco-based company that has just one year of market and customer experience.

Though the company is new to the market, it has successfully made its presence with respect to comfort and style. For those who are waiting for wool loungers and runners, here is some good news. The retailer has introduced a brand-new set of shoes in unique colors and style to match the latest trend.

The new arrivals are so trendy, especially the women’s limited-edition Kotare Sky, that it was out of stock in just 24 hours. This shows the customer demand for Allbirds’ collection.

Shoe lovers can get their pair in Tui Light Red and Kotare Olive for loungers and Kotare Birch, Kotare Plum, Kotare Moss and Kotare Olive for runners. Get the best discounts on Shoe shopping using these Nykaa Coupons.

Allbirds’ latest wool loungers and runners will make the perfect combination for your wardrobe. Apart from style, the company is also offering comfort, which means one can experience warmth during the cold weather.

If you are planning a holiday trip, go ahead and grab a pair or more because you never know when the new arrivals will run out of stock. It is always better to plan within your budget and these shoes are available at an affordable price.

Shoe Giant Nike Planning to Come Up with Self-Lacing Tech Soon

In the year 2016, Nike, for the first time, had come up with self-lacing sneaker by the name of HyperAdapt 1.0 in the market. In order to continue the trend, the company is planning something advanced this time in terms of technology involvement.

Very soon, the new fall collection is going to be released at selected global retailers. The all new HyperAdapt will be designed with an upper black mesh complimenting red lagoon on the heel tab. And on top of that, it will be equipped with LED lights on the heel and midsole. The technology is so advanced that LED lights will glow when self-lacing system is powered on.

For those who don’t know, Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 was inspired by Marty McFly’s Mag shoes and it was a combination of electrical and mechanical engineering.

So, here comes the good news for all Nike shoe lovers. The company is all set to release its latest hi-tech self-lacing shoes in early October at selected Nike European places, which includes Berlin, Milan and Paris.

There is also a plan that by the end of this year, Nike shoes will be available in the North American market. So, stay connected with us to get updates about this U.S launch.

Tip leads to a load of bogus Nike shoes

The shoes, which could have fetched $1.1 million, were seized at a storefront in the 9000 block of South Commercial Avenue, where Chukwuemeka Ebelechukwu, a Nigerian native living in Chicago, is accused of housing the shoes, officials said.

“I think it was a storefront being more or less used as a warehouse,” said Officer Carol McGee, who executed the warrant and along with her partner received the tip about the operation.

Ebelechukwu, of the 11100 block of South Homewood Avenue,was charged Monday with unlawful use of a trademark, according to Detective Jason Pullappally. Ebelechukwu is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Tuesday.

McGee said Ebelechukwu is accused of selling most of his goods to small local stores and individuals who would resell them. She said that the shoes consisted mostly of Air Force 1’s, a popular model, and Air Jordan’s.

“There were quite a few types of shoes in there that Nike doesn’t even make,” she said. “Just some weird color combinations, like ones that looked like they were commemorating the 4th of July.”

The seizure, though sizable, is not the biggest for counterfeit Nikes, according to Vada Manager, a spokesman for the company.

“It usually happens in a lot of port cities and states, places like Florida, New York, New Jersey, and really anywhere where Nike product is popular,” he said. In a July 2005 raid, New York police seized more than 27,000 pairs of Nike shoes worth about $2 million, Manager said.

To combat bootlegging, Nike has set up an extensive network of investigators.

“We have investigators around the world who do nothing but work underground and with law enforcement to detect counterfeiting activity,” Manager said.

That includes working with local officers like McGee and her partner, Dan Stanek, who engineered the raid after they got the tip about illegal merchandise being sold on the South Side.

“We don’t know for sure, but our information tells us that he might have been getting them from China or online,” she said

McGee said that Ebelechukwu was mostly operating by phone, calling contacts and sources to pick up shipments from the storefront, where the glass had a reflective tint that made looking inside difficult.

This is the second shoe raid the the two officers conducted in the past few weeks, the first one netting about 2,500 pairs, she said.

“We get our tips as the information comes in,” she said. “It’s not the kind of thing we’re focusing on.”

Trending Men’s Fashion

Everyone wants to be updated in this world of fashion. People want to look their best and wear the best attire. From caps to shoes, there are a lot of varieties available in the market and people keep all types of them for different occasions. Winters are having their own fashion styles and summers are having their own. The market is often seen flooded with apparels from leading designers and brands. One can get clothes customized and stitched according to their choice and of course physique to avoid size issues. Custom tailoring will guarantee proper fitting.

The trending summer fashion in men these days is to wear skinny clothes and bright colored shirts and t-shirts. The choice has shifted from denim jeans to colored khakis. Cream-colored khakis are the most dominant and are worn with dark colored shirts. A broad brown colored belt goes best with the khaki. As far as shoes are concerned, one can wear brown or any other dark colored loafers. These look very cool with bright colored trousers. A nice chic watch can complement the whole look. To safeguard from the bad effects of the UV rays from sun, good sunglasses can be used. A black or brown wayfarer will suit the best with this attire. One needs to carry the whole look with grace and confidence to do justice to the attire.

This kind of look will definitely give a chic and urban look to any male of all age groups. Not just youngsters but old men can also try this outfit to look classy. Gone are those days when denims were the only option. Now other fabric, including corduroys is in trend. The options are many with emerging trend of fashion world. For a man with a good physique, these are the best options to keep everyone’s eyes locked.

As fashion keeps on changing very fast, one can also try the latest men’s fashion and trends online. People should try fashionable clothes according to their physique. There are a number of options to go with. Casual-trendy, formal-trendy, and semi formals can be worn keeping in mind the work a person does, the group of people with which he is involved and of course his budget.

Six Must-Have Fashion Accessories for Men

Gone are the days when only women and girls used to wear fashion accessories. Time has changed now and men have several options as far as fashion accessories are concerned. If you are a man who is keen on making a fashion statement of your own and look more appealing it is essential that you wear the right type of fashion accessories.  Listed below are the top six must-have fashion accessories for men in order to compliment their look.

Elegant Wristwatch

A stylish wristwatch is one fashion accessory that every man should own, irrespective of his age. It is an absolute no-brainer! It is not only useful, but also a stylish and versatile accessory. It is a way to accentuate and create a good impression. Whether you work in an office or study in college, don’t miss out on owning a watch that matches your personality and attire.

Belt

One accessory that no man should forget to have in his wardrobe is a belt that matches with his shoes and attire. It has always been a vital part of every man’s fashion collection and gained great popularity since they go well with formal as well as casual wear. Men can select from a wide variety of belts in various materials and different colors.

Beanie

Beanie is a great fashion accessory that men can experiment wearing with casual clothes. They are perfect to be worn during the winter seasons. You can present a trendy look by wearing beanie with a cardigan, sweater, jackets, and other warm clothes. Choose them in colors like white, black or grey to go well with your daily clothing.  It is also important to buy one from a reputed brand like Paul and Shark beanie so as to present a trendy appearance.

Sunglasses

A designer sunglass is the most ideal accessory for changing a man’s look completely. Every man can find a sunglass to suit his face-cut and looks. They are available in various shapes, styles, and shades, offering a wide range for men to choose from. Choose a frame that best matches your image; usually, metal frames are more understated and refined and seem to be of higher quality.

Subtle Jewelry

When we say jewelry here, it does not mean that men need to wear necklaces, heavy bracelets, and other funky jewelry pieces. Rather, they can opt for a simple signet ring, simple chains and wristwatch. Platinum is the most popular metal for rings, while stainless steel or white metal watches are popular and look elegant too!

Ties

Tie is an iconic fashion accessory for men and a compulsory accessory for formal occasions. Ties are normally available in various sizes, patterns, and colors. It is essential that you have at least two ties in your wardrobe- one in your favorite color for parties and one in black or dark blue color for serious occasions.

There are always more fashion accessories for men to learn about, but the above mentioned ones are the must-have six accessories.

Russell Athletic Wear for Men

Russell Athletic is a brand that was established over a hundred years ago in Alabama and it has provided jerseys for many renowned sports teams across the nation over the years. The name is frequently associated with collegiate life since many universities have adopted the brand, owing to its durability, and high style quotient. Russell is now a renowned name in clothing teams, be it college teams or national teams in just about any field of sports. In fact, Benjamin Russell, the pioneer of Russell Athletic is known to be the creator of sweatshirts!

Having been in the industry for a century, if there is anyone who can get sports wears right, it’s got to be Russell Athletic. The range available at Stylepit includes knickers, sweat shorts, sweatshirts, T-shirts w/logoT-shirts motive”, zip sweats, Polo shorts, caps and swim shorts.

Sweat shorts can’t get more comfortable! Made of soft fabric, they give you the comfort required while you battle it out on field. The swimming shorts have a net lining with pockets in the front. They come in three colors- red, green and blue. The Tees are made of 100% cotton and hold the legendary logo of the brand. They are available in sizes small to XXL. The sweatshirts from the inventors themselves breathe perfection! They have hoods with kangaroo pockets. The polo shirts are available in stylish slim fit with the logo embroidered on the side. The caps & hats are perfect for a game on a sunny day. They have the logo embroidered too.

Check out sportswear from the legend Russell Athletic! Stylepit offers free shipment for all its merchandize and has a 14 days return policy. Now, you have nothing to stop you from trying out the best!