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Shoes & Sunnies: Jonathan Adler for TOMS


Designer Jonathan Adler teams up with Blake Mycoskie of TOMS for a second whimsical collaboration of shoes—and helps print-loving ladies complete the look with the introduction of sunnies. As we excitedly step into spring, The Thread chats with the New York-based potter on this latest partnership.


TOMS ‘Classic – Jonathan Adler’ Slip-On (top to bottom) in:
Grey, Bright Yellow, Bright Print and Dark Geometric

THE THREAD: What’s been the most rewarding aspect working with Blake Mycoskie of TOMS?
JONATHAN ADLER: Blake is visionary. He is passionate about what he does, and I like anyone with an ebullient sense of purpose—plus he is a ping-pong fanatic, which is always an alluring characteristic in a person!

Ha, well, that explains a lot. You need to move swiftly to properly play table tennis, and you can surely do that in a pair of TOMS. Is there a story behind the graphics you selected for this spring 2014 collaboration?
JONATHAN: They’re some of my favorite patterns and color combinations. I loved seeing them translated into groovy shoes and glasses. Each piece is bright, optimistic and reflects the style, craft and joy-spirit of my work.


With every pair of eyewear you purchase, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need. One for One®.

How do these shoe and eyewear lines complement one other?
JONATHAN: The glasses and the shoes are fun and flirty. They’re bold (but not too bold), bright (but not too bright) and if I were a gal, I’d snap them up.


Inspired by the swinging ’60s, these classically cool shades feature hand-painted Jonathan Adler stripes.
TOMS ‘Lobamba’ 50mm Sunglasses

What do you find most inspiring about TOMS’s One for One movement, and how does it align with the POV of your brand?
JONATHAN: I worship what TOMS is doing with their One for One philosophy. I was so fortunate to be able to go on a giving trip to an after-school center in New York. The kids were overflowing with creativity and energy and optimism—all things I try to communicate with my work.

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