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.
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Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoegiver of TOMS
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!
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.