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New Toms Line Celebrates Keith Haring's Life And Legacy

New shoes and glasses draw inspiration from the iconic queer artist's work.

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. 

The new footwear features Haring's signature squiggles and stick figures. 
The new footwear features Haring's signature squiggles and stick figures. 

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!"

Toms founder Blake Mycoskie said the mission of his company is in line with that of Haring's.
Toms founder Blake Mycoskie said the mission of his company is in line with that of Haring's.

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.   

The eyewear frames are inspired by those worn by Haring during his lifetime. 
The eyewear frames are inspired by those worn by Haring during his lifetime. 

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. 

Head here to check out more on Toms' new Haring line.

Haring, shown here in 1986, died in 1990 of HIV/AIDS-related causes. 
Haring, shown here in 1986, died in 1990 of HIV/AIDS-related causes. 
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