Shoe Surgeon - Tongue + Chic Sneakers x Artists New York Monday, July 16, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Description

    The Thomson Reuters Foundation is committed to ending modern slavery. Today, it is estimated that over 40 million people are enslaved globally—more than in all of human history—and slave labor has infiltrated the supply chains of almost everything we consume from food, to fashion, to technology. Although the scope of this exploitation might seem overwhelming, raising awareness of this issue can lead to meaningful solutions. This is what motivated the Thomson Reuters Foundation to reach out to TBWA NY. Inspired by the mission, TBWA NY decided to use the power and influence of sneakers to convey Thomson Reuters Foundation’s message. They commissioned the Shoe Surgeon to hand make a pair of bespoke sneakers subtly interlaced with facts and messages about modern slavery, symbolic of how forced labor is hidden deep within supply chains. The tension between the elegant handmade sneakers and the haunting narrative spun through their design has indeed garnered much needed attention to this worldwide problem.

    Phillips will auction these single edition sneakers with proceeds going to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  • Provenance

    Collection TBWA NY


TBWA NY x Thomson Reuters Foundation x Shoe Surgeon, 2018

Estimate On Request

Contact Specialist
Susie Graves
Exhibitions Manager

Tongue + Chic Sneakers x Artists

Sneakers x Artists Exhibition 16 July - 31 August