TOD’S and Gabriela Hearst Collaborate on Limited Edition ‘Love’ Shoes to Support Save the Children

The 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.

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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 2016 collection.

“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 from harm.

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.

About TOD’S

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 modern living.

TOD’S first 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.

All TOD’S 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.

About Gabriela Hearst

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.

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