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A simple idea has grown into a global movement: TOMS Shoes has provided over 86 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006, TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 600,000 people since 2011 and TOMS Roasting Company has helped provide over 600,000 weeks of safe water since launching in 2014.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.“Without their purchases, we can’t do anything good in the world. It’s totally powered by their purchases.” With the cool 0 million Mycoskie made from the Bain transaction, he’s started the TOMS Social Entrepreneurship Fund, which has invested in socially-conscious companies like Roy Choi’s healthy fast food concept Loco’l in Watts, the make-your-own-petition website and the help-the-homeless-by-selling-their-art platform Art Mycoskie didn’t set out to build a philanthropic shoe empire from Venice — he just wanted to live near the beach after competing on “The Amazing Race.” But after landing here in 2001, he found a community still “kind of rough around the edges” and ready to embrace a “radical idea to give and to make our business about more than just profits.” When TOMS outgrew Mycoskie’s apartment, he started living on a boat in Marina del Rey to save on rent and grow his business.About seven years ago he moved the company to the commercial pocket of Del Rey between Jefferson Boulevard and Ballona Creek, a relatively anonymous light industrial area before the buildout of Playa Vista and the rise of Silicon Beach.“There was no one there except Chiat\Day and Frank Gehry,” says Mycoskie.
The book became a inspires others to turn their passion and dreams into a reality.
And they’re still giving away shoes — 86 million pairs to date — as well as prescription eyeglasses, obstetric supplies and access to clean drinking water.