limited edition "Love" shoe from TOD’S collaboration with Gabriela
Hearst. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the sale of the shoes will support
Save the Children, which is helping children learn, stay healthy and be
protected from harm. Photo courtesy of TOD’S.
Fairfield, Conn. (June 7, 2016) —
TOD’S and Gabriela Hearst are
launching a limited edition “Love” shoe in June 2016, with 20 percent of all
proceeds going to Save the Children. The “Love” slip-on shoes feature a Morse
code trim that reads love, initially developed for the Gabriela Hearst Fall
“We’re pleased to collaborate
with Gabriela Hearst and Save the Children on this philanthropic product,” said
Claudio Castiglioni, General Brand Manager of TOD’S. “TOD’S is a company that
believes in charity and giving back and how nice to do it with our most popular
sneaker reimagined with a special twist by Gabriela Hearst.”
Gabriela fell in love with TOD’S
slip-on shoes many years ago when she bought her first pair. “I love pairing
them with my suits for work— the classic style is so sleek and cool,” says
Hearst, “It’s perfect for my life on the go.”
Inspired and motivated by Save
the Children’s groundbreaking work to create a better future for children,
Gabriela turned to TOD’S to create a special product to help achieve this goal.
“The collaboration is a project out of desire and love so it only felt natural
that we give back,” Hearst explains, “Save the Children is an organization that
TOD’S and I feel close to and it is an exceptional organization that through
its advocacy and programming provides children with opportunities to thrive.”
“Save the Children is delighted
to partner with TOD’S and Gabriela Hearst on the “Love”
shoes. We are inspired by Gabriela’s shared passion for fashion and
philanthropy, which led her to design this special shoe to give a brighter
tomorrow to disadvantaged children,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of
Save the Children. “We hope the limited edition shoes will become the must-have
style for the summer.”
Made in Italy, the “Love” shoe has
a men’s brogue detail and is available in smooth calf leather in black, navy,
and white and metal textured leather in Silver with contrasting trim, handcrafted
woven rope trim and rubber outsole with embossed pebbles.
Twenty percent of all proceeds from
the sale of the TOD’S and Gabriela Hearst shoes will support Save the Children,
which works in communities in 120 countries, including the United States. The
funds raised will go to helping children in need learn, stay healthy and be protected
Hearst also coordinated a photo essay
project with Peruvian photographer Hans Neumann to spotlight the new slip-on
shoe, which features Save the Children Artist Ambassador Dakota Fanning, Lauren
Hutton, Miroslava Duma, Lindsey Adelman, Save the Children donor Dorrit Morley
and Save the Children staff member Zaineb Malick all wearing the shoes.
The TOD’S and Gabriela Hearst “Love”
shoes retails for $645 and will be available from June 2016 exclusively at
TOD’S stores nationwide and www.tods.com.
TOD’S is the
story of three generations of style and good taste, beginning in early 1900 as
a small shoe factory started by Diego Della Valle’s grandfather, Filippo, in
Casette D’Ete (Ascoli Piceno). In the 1970s, Diego Della Valle expanded his
family’s business and retained the handmade manufacturing process—producing
high-quality shoes and leather goods with styles that have become icons of
received worldwide recognition in late 1970 with the creation of the “Gommini”
driving shoe, identified by 133 pebbles on the sole. The introduction of the TOD’S
handbag collection in 1997 reflected the spirit, quality and design of the TOD’S
shoe collection and catapulted the brand into what is now known as one of the
most successful companies in the world of luxury accessories.
products are entirely hand-crafted in Italy with highly skilled techniques—a
peculiarity that distinguishes the brand and attracts customers who appreciate
true Italian craftsmanship.
Launched in February
2015, the impeccably constructed collection draws inspiration from the
designer’s equestrian roots in Uruguay. Gabriela wanted to create a brand
that reflects a slower pace and process: where things are made with care and
detail, where tradition is more important than trend, where there is a purpose
to every piece. Tailored pieces are made by local seamstresses in Italy
while the knits are made in partnership with a women’s non-profit, Manos del
Uruguay, made by local craftswomen with yarn from Gabriela’s ranch. Gabriela
Hearst is a U.S. womenswear nominee for the 2016 International Woolmark Prize.
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.