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Interview: TOMS Shoes Founder Blake Mycoskie

TOMS shoes, a company started in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie from his Venice, CA apartment, has quickly become a social movement – a phenomenon quickly propelling the shoe brand into the hearts and minds of consumers and social activists alike. Gaining momentum on college campuses and through social sites like Facebook and Twitter, it’s now a top-selling shoe at popular department stores like Nordstroms.

TOMS “One for One” business model means that for every pair of shoes purchased, another is given away to a child in need. And now, four years after it was founded with a goal of giving away two hundred and fifty pairs, TOMS is celebrating giving away the one millionth pair – something Blake had never anticipated happening when first starting out.

Thanks to generous support from the good folks at AT&T, I had the opportunity to travel to Argentina for the One Millionth Pair Shoe Drop. The group consisted of just over 30 folks from the TOMS staff, partners from AT&T and Gowalla, members of the media including noted photographers and videographers, and Blake’s parents – two of the most incredible folks I’ve had the chance to meet.

Over the course of a week, we delivered and placed TOMS shoes on the feet of hundreds of children. We traveled around the Argentine state of Misiones visiting rural villages and schools,  hand-delivering shoes and engaging with children in an effort to prevent disease and create a memorable moment in a child’s life.

I had a chance to speak with Blake about the impact of social media, where the name TOMS came from and what’s next for the revolutionary company. Check it out!

For more of our coverage, see:  http://toms1m.wordpress.com

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Visiting Aria

Over the weekend I made a trip to Las Vegas for my friend Katie’s 30th birthday celebration.

On Saturday we paid a visit to CityCenter, the newest development on the strip that includes 2 hotels, a condo structure, restaurants, shopping center and spas.

The development, officially opened in December, is completely LEED-certified making it the largest sustainably-designed architectural development in the world. Rockstar architects involved in the project include Helmut Jahn, Studio Daniel Libeskind, and Foster + Partners.

The modernist design is breathtaking with plenty of glass and steel, extraordinary lighting and surprising turns and angles at every step.

It’s a beautiful complex and well worth the visit. I had a great time visiting the Aria Casino where we caught a few football games, played some games of our own in the casino and nibbled at a totally delish patisserie.  Check out some snaps below!

More:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gensler-leads-design-of-citycenter-79314067.html

http://www.arialasvegas.com

http://www.dwell.com/articles/citycenter-las-vegas.html

http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/07/is-it-green-citycenter/

upgrades at the Niceroy

I spent the past weekend with 3 girlfriends in Palm Springs and was amazed at how empty the town appeared to be. We stayed at the Viceroy (or the Niceroy as dubbed by some), and arrived to be informed that we were upgraded to the largest private villa on the property.

I wonder if the room upgrade was indicative of the state of the travel industry – is this common now?-  or was it just a slow weekend? We imagined that more people would be in Palm Springs given the change of weather along with recent fires in that have made the air quality in LA less than optimal. Will there be more big deals and random upgrades in our future? If so, I’ll be happy to travel more! Now if Continental would upgrade my upcoming flight to Cleveland to first class…