The legacy of artist and social activist Keith Haring is being celebrated with a sleek footwear and eyewear line.
The "one-for-one" brand Toms introduced the new designs, which were produced in partnership with the Keith Haring Foundation, for both men and women on Tuesday. Decorated in Haring's signature squiggles and stick figures, the shoes are available as high tops, low tops and the Alpargata slip-ins. The glasses, meanwhile, are reminiscent of those worn by Haring during his lifetime.
Toms founder Blake Mycoskie told The Huffington Post his company didn't plan to release the new line in time for LGBT Pride Month, but called it a "happy coincidence." Prior to his death in 1990, Haring was one of the preeminent queer artists of the 1980s.
"We originally thought these would be great prints to celebrate in summer," Mycoskie said. "Perhaps it was the spirit of Mr. Haring guiding our partnership!"
He went on to note that the mission of Toms was very much in line with Haring's human rights advocacy work. For every pair of shoes and eyeglasses that are sold, Toms will donate one to a person in need.
"Keith Haring’s artwork was meant to inspire and create something for everyone to enjoy. Similarly, our mission at Toms is to bring people together for a common cause, to improve lives," he told HuffPost.
We can't think of a better way to honor the work of an artist and icon who was taken from us all too soon.
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