Shoe designer Tabitha Simmons has recently been bestowed with numerous awards in the fashion world, yet it’s her charitable contributions that are most noteworthy. As both a fan of the brand’s vision and as a wearer of its products, Simmons teamed up with Toms founder Blake Mycoskie for a holiday collection, and this winter, 10 varieties of her signature grosgrain ribbon shoes, will hit stores. The for-profit company has provided over 10 million pairs of shoes to those in developing countries with its One for One business model-for every pair purchased, a pair is given to one in need. Not an item of material necessity, shoes ward off soil-borne parasites and disease and, as a required item for school attendance, allow children in developing countries a more promising future. The collection is an easy transition for the designer, a mother of two, whose quirky-yet-functional designs are still practical for mothers and schoolchildren alike. The Simmons-Toms capsule collection can be found on Toms.com with prices ranging from $42-$46 (children), and $124-$148 (women).
Grosgain stripes figure into both of Simmons’s collections.
Designs from Tabitha’s F/W 2013 collection.