Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MAASAI PROJECT/PIKOLINOS FOOTWEAR---NYC VISIT

 The Maasai Project-is an amazing collaboration between Spanish brand Pikolinos footwear and over 1000 plus Maasai Mara living woman-as connected via the NGO ADCAM...that results in gloriously exquisite footwear and accessories...
Maasai Tribal Leader William (Kikanae Ole Pere), ADCAM's Rosa Escandell, and Juan Manuel Perán-at the TBG office-NYC- the first retail stop in a 3 city visit-is Harry's Shoes NYC (Sat., April 25th 1PM-4PM ---then--- Benjamin Lovell-Philadelphia, PA and Belk's-Birmingham, Alabama)
WHAT ELSE: The women are paid fair wages for these unique hand beaded details...and given the results-all of the finely crafted shoes, sandals, handbags (later assembled at the Pikolinos facilities in Spain-or pieces of jewelry= timelessly stunning.

Lucky us-we re honored with spending a few minutes with the key personnel involved in this worthy endeavor---including Maasai Tribal Leader William (Kikanae Ole Pere), ADCAM's Rosa Escandell, Juan Manuel Perán  current Vice President of the Pikolinos Group, and Cristina Vichez- Marketing ...who was flaunting a magnificent pair of sandals and a fab pedi!

OBSESSED---limited edition styles of shoes, snadlas, and accessories available at http://maasai.pikolinos.com/ and select retailers...

above are currently available...prices typically range $180-$250



FYI: William does not wear his tribal finery when travelling via airports-we asked...

Added Plus: ADCAM has a welcoming -comfy 'camp' to stay in plus guided excursions --for an authentic safari experience without totally roughing it or going the other weird glammy extreme- that supports the local Maasai Vision School.

BONUS POINTS: To the Spanish Pikolinos team dedicated to working during the live game hours of the  UEFA Champions League's quarter -finals.