Prabal Gurung teams with Toms on Nepal-inspired line
Prabal Gurung can’t wait to wear the shoes he designed for charitable brand Toms.
The philanthropic shoe company is known for its One for One drive, with every Toms product purchase helping a person in need.
Now Nepalese designer Gurung is doing his bit too, by designing four styles for the footwear label.
“I normally don’t say this, but I’m dying to wear them!” he exclaimed to American Vogue.
Toms x Prabal Gurung Alpargata line features a snow leopard print canvas version in two styles, fur-lined booties and a black and red pair.
His collaboration with Toms is the latest in a long line of charitable endeavours, including his own foundation, the Shikshya Foundation Nepal. He founded it in 2011 with his sister and friends, to focus on creating educational opportunities for young people in South Asian nation.
Realising he had a voice that people wanted to hear, Gurung decided to act on his fame as a designer to help others.
“What I realised is that the only reason a boy like me from Nepal could dream big and come to a country like America, and think I could make a living and a name for myself, is simply because I was educated and had the opportunity to go to good schools,” he explained. “Education gave me the freedom to dream bigger.”
Gurung, 37, was given full creative control when designing for Toms, and he was over the moon when the shoe team joined him on a research trip to Nepal. His own cultural heritage is weaved into the collection, with colours and designs reflecting the clothing and landscape of his native country.
“Not many people have gone to Nepal, especially from fashion, and so when they wanted to go, I was beyond excited,” he says. “I wanted to take them on this tour and let them see where I’m from, the culture where I’m from,” he smiled.