Nepalese fashion designer Prabal Gurung collaborates with TOMS to create footwear that give the proceeds to a charitable cause.
"We wanted to offer styles and prints that had a timelessness to them"
New York based Nepalese fashion designer, Prabal Gurung has teamed up with TOMS to design a shoe collection that gives back to those in need.
The collection will support the Shikshya Foundation in Nepal, while helping to raise awareness and funds for rebuilding since the devastating earthquake last year.
TOMS, for profit retail company has promised to donate $5 from every shoe purchase to the foundation.
Gurung’s limited edition collection consists of four styles ranging from $59 to $129.
The styles includes a fluffy suede boot, as well as the classic TOMS style with a snow leopard, all splashed with the Gurung’s signature black, red and white colour palette.
The profits will help to provide education and aid relief to the disadvantaged children that were affected by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
The luxury designer and his team travelled to his home country earlier this year to work on the design of the shoes.
He included his country’s culture into his creation.
His native country Nepal and it’s landscapes inspired the design and colours of the collection.
Gurung, who has previously created designs for Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Emma Watson among many others, spoke of how he wished to work with TOMS.
“TOMS is a brand we had always hoped to work with in some capacity,” he said in a interview with Vogue.
“I have always respected what they have done and the message behind the brand really resonates with me.”
“We wanted to offer styles and prints that had a timelessness to them and really emulated our brand characteristics.”
“The colours used, the graphic detailing and the traditional and modern balance were all important elements to work into the collection.”
The designer mentioned that he wanted to use his fame and recognition for a greater good.
“I had an audience, so why not deflect all the attention that’s coming to me to a cause that needs it more than I do?”
“What I realised is that the only reason a boy like me from Nepal could dream big and come to a country like America, is simply because I was educated and had the opportunity to go to good schools.”
The styles will be available to purchase from toms.com.
Photos courtesy of Prabal Gurung
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