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City Guide: Los Angeles by Blake Mycoskie - Founder of Toms Shoes

photo: Scott Witter
Blake Mycoskie has traveled all over the world in his role as Chief Shoegiver for TOMS, but back in 2006 he and five interns started the philanthropic company from a small Venice Beach apartment. Since then TOMS is living proof a simple idea can grow into a global movement: TOMS Shoes has provided over 35 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006, TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 275,000 since 2011 and TOMS Roasting Company has helped provide over 67,000 weeks of safe water since launching in 2014. 
Photo: Scott Witter
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Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoegiver of TOMS

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
In 2015, TOMS Bag Collection was founded with the mission to help provide training for skilled birth attendants and distribute birth kits containing items that help a woman safely deliver her baby. We recently had the chance to catch up with Chief Shoegiver/Founder of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie, in-between his shoe drops, daddy duties & philanthropy work to talk about his Los Angeles 'hood and what inspires him at home. Read on for Blake Mycoksie's City Guide to Los Angeles! 
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Best café

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
What’s your favorite café? What do you order? TOMS Roasting Co on Abbot Kinney in Venice and I order an Americano!
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Best Dinner Party Spot in Los Angeles

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
What restaurant would you choose to host a dinner party at with friends and family? The Old Place in Malibu because it’s nestled into the hills of Malibu and it feels like a 1960’s time capsule.  The food and music are amazing along with a mix of locals.
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Best Staycation Spot

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
What is your favorite boutique hotel in your city for a staycation? The ACE DTLA
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Must See Los Angeles Wedding Venue

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
From the weddings that you have attended in Los Angeles, what is your favorite wedding venue? The Adamson House – it’s beautiful because it’s historical and the view is quintessential SoCal.  
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Best Brunch Spot

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
What is your favorite brunch spot? Gjelina Venice.
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Best Shopping

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
Favorite store/place to shop for clothes? Home décor? The Burro and The General Store in Venice
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Best Place To Gather For Live Music

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
Favorite place to see live music? Inside or outside (or both!) The Hollywood Bowl 
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Next on the list

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
Is there a place in the city you haven’t been, but it’s the next place you MUST see or eat at? Topanga – it’s where I feel at home. It’s my favorite staycation.  
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Best Group Getaway Destination

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
If you were in charge of hosting a group getaway within an hour or two of the city, where would you choose and why?  Big Sur, although 6 hours away, it’s my wife and I’s favorite place to get away. 
Photo: Disneyland
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Must-see tourist attraction

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
Must-see tourist attraction that’s worth the price of admission?  Disneyland with the family.
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Must Do

Blake Mycoskie's Los Angeles City Guide
If you had 24 hours left in your city (forever) what is the one thing you would HAVE to do? Watch the sunset over the pacific.

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