The Art of Giving

by - May 04, 2015

With their unwavering commitment to help improve lives, TOMS, a fashion brand that has been making waves globally through their ONE for ONE movement, wherein every product purchase helps a person in need, has invited a few of the country's most creative, young talents in the fashion, art and design industries to design a pair or two of TOMS shoes, in the spirit of an elevated TOMS Style Your Sole. Aptly named The Art of Giving Gallery, these artists and designers customized shoes will then be displayed in TOMS' newest store in SM Aura and auctioned to the highest bidder, proceeds of which will go to each artist's chosen charities. 

TOMS' featured designers are David Bonifacio, Gil Ibe, Nicole Whisenhunt, Bambina Jacinto, Nix Alanon, Carlo Ongchango and Lilianna Manahan

Curious to see their wonderful creations? :) See more below!

With the blog friends Krissy, Paul, Sarah and Angela :)

Everyone is invited to come and visit the newly opened TOMS store at SM Aura. The brand has also officially launched the TOMS Art of Giving Gallery and Auction where everyone can witness a showcase of the most beautiful TOMS creations by these contemporary artists. The gallery will be open until May 13, 2015, when the auction closes. :)

Graphic artist, Gil Ibe, illustrated the 2 phases of a creative's mind through intricate and out the ordinary details on his designs. He fittingly called his pieces "Creative Block" and "Creative Burst". Jewelry designer, Nicole Whisenhunt, displayed her expertise on beadwork by utilizing it on her designs aptly named "Disco Toes" and "Bellina". Both Gil and Nicole chose to dedicate the proceeds from their works to PAWS

Artist David Bonifacio's pair which he named "Escape" featured his unique and interesting use of the gel pen on canvas as he used travel and escape as his inspiration, while artist Carlo Ongchango's signature narrative style of art were on full display of his creations with the smiles of happy children receiving their own pair of TOMS as his inspiration on his 2 pairs named "Being Silly" and "Happy Life". David and Carlo decided to support Real Life Foundation for their works.

Designer Lilianna Manahan, with her background on furniture made use of patterns and details that were taken from the table top creatures she has been making and translated into embroidery. She called her pieces "Merchicken" and "Streak". She chose to give her proceeds to Fairplay for All. On the other hand, art curator Bambina Jacinto, made floral designs using blue and white china as inspiration - one that reminds her of fresh fruits, flowers and the beauty of summer. She named her works "Blue China" and "Full Bloom" which she dedicated to Cribs Foundation.

Last but not the least, Interior designer, Nix Alanon, used his favorite wood and stone finishes as inspirations on his designs. He named them "Marble-lous" and "Wooden shoe" with the proceeds going to Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation.

If I were to pick my most favorite pair from the gallery, I would have to choose the one from Gil Ibe...

It's definitely bursting with colors and I kinda do the same thing when I DIY my shoes. So, this would be my pick! How about you? :) Any favorites or even would consider buying at the auction? :)

Guests were also able to view the new store at SM Aura and shop a bit...

Not only do you get super stylish sunglasses from TOMS, but you also help in giving back sight when you purchase these. :) What a wonder exchange, right? :) 

New collection from the Women and Kids section. :)

TOMS at SM Aura is now open! Do visit them and try out your luck at the auction!


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  1. The ones by Carlo Ongchangco are super cute. :)

  2. Whenever I shop, I always consider those brands that give back. And Toms is one of them. I like the mismatch shoes as well as the one made by Bambino.

  3. All these customized TOMS look so cool! But, my personal favorite is the pair made by Lilianna Manahan. :D I just love the simplicity and chicness of her creations. Anyway, will definitely be checking this out and more of TOMS when I visit Aura this weekend. :)

  4. I love Charlie Ongchangco's designs! :) I hope Toms comes to Baguio soon too so I can check out their stuff. :P


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