TOMS Teams with Tabitha Simmons for Charitable Chic
TOMS shoes are no stranger to collaboration. The do-gooder label has teamed with Ralph Lauren’s now-defunct (let’s all shed a tear, please) Rugby brand as well as Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED Projects, but their latest partnership puts them in the circles of high fashion. Tabitha Simmons, who happens to be the winner of last year’s CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, has brought her signature touch to the brand’s now-iconic shoe. And you can feel good about snatching up a pair, because as always, TOMS will be donating a pair to a child in need for every pair of shoes they sell.
The collaboration, which is available now at the TOMS Web site, features a first for the brand: a limited edition selection of kids’ shoes designed by Simmons. Dubbed Toms+, the kids styles feature two familiar styles: the Classic and the lace-up Cordones, in an array of bright preppy cricket striped patterns that fans of Simmons’ shoes will instantly recognize from her celeb-adored Dolly shoe.
Ladies have a few more choices (and let’s be honest, who can’t use more choices when it comes to shoes). The same cricket stripes are available for women in a classic espadrille as well as the fall-ready wedge ($124-168). In addition to those styles, there will be a second wave released to brick-and-mortar retailers, which will include the mixed media flat (pictured above) that blends Simmons’ signature spots with a paisley print (Simmons affectionately refers to these as the Tabby TOMS) as well as the cricket striped patterns.
Naturally, uber-chic shop Colette has first dibs, so if you can’t wait until next month, book your trip to Paris, where they’ve got the entire collection already on display, including the I LOVE U print — which is sprinkled with actual tabbies among the letters.
Since 2006, TOMS has donated more than 10 million pairs of shoes in over 60 countries.
For more information or to purchase a pair, visit the TOMS Web site at www.toms.com.