In the past 18 months, I’ve traveled to Manila twice to organize photo shoots, meet the local creatives and buy product from our Filipino brands such as GOLD DOT, MONSTER SHOES and OS ACCESSORIES. During this time, I’ve completely fallen in love with the Filipino people and spirit. Our work relationships have become friendships, and visits to the country turned from far-from-home business trips to a mix of pleasure, fun and a culture totally unlike what I am used to in the States. Solestruck’s Manila projects have become fan favorites, and the collections sourced from the Philippines have become style staples with some of our most forward clients.
When Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Phillipines and stole the lives of the innocent, we felt compelled to do what we could–even from 6,500 miles away. Solestruck is partnering with Portland charity and relief organization Mercy Corps to raise much needed funds for the relief efforts that will be going on for months to come.
Mercy Corps works globally to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Already working in the most devastated areas of the Philippines, Mercy Corps’ efforts can be tracked HERE. We feel fortunate to have this charity at our Portland doorstep, and we’re honored to work with them during this time of overwhelming sadness.
In addition to sending our love and positive spirits, we are working on a cash donation for Mercy Corps’ Filipino relief work. We’re reaching out to you for help!
Simply click HERE to make a donation through the Solestruck X Mercy Corps donation page, and Solestruck will match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000. (That’s a possible donation total of $40,000!) You can track our success HERE with Mercy Corps’ donation thermometer. Thank you for your support of all we do and our effort to give back to a country which has inspired us so much in the last year.
On behalf of the entire Solestruck Team, thank you for your donations.
Ty McBride, Brand Manager/Creative Director
P.S. A special thank you and shout-out to our friends at Jeffrey Campbell Footwear for their generous $10,000 contribution to help our effort to reach families in need in the Philippines. Thank you, Christine, Kimi, Linda, Sharon, Lissette, Muriel, Ashlyn, Melody, Leanne, Monte, Dean and Jeff!
*Images from Solestruck Lookbooks and Manila photographers Joseph Pascual and Edrick Bruel