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SEASON I

A CAPSULE COLLECTION IMAGINED BY SABRINA & IDRIS ELBA AND CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN,
100% OF THE PROCEEDS HAS BEEN DONATED TO FIVE INCREDIBLE ORGANISATIONS

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From a true friendship…

The friendship between Christian Louboutin, Idris and Sabrina Elba is one of laughter, joy and mutual respect. Upon meeting several years ago the trio struck an instant kinship that goes beyond public appearances, one that is built on solidarity and shared values.

… to a worldwide initiative

The “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” collection was launched in June 2021 as a response to the global outcry against systemic racism and social injustice. Sabrina & Idris Elba and Christian Louboutin collaborated to imagine a dedicated capsule collection from which 100% of the proceeds from sales were donated to five incredible organizations supporting social equality across the world.

Instigating meaningful change and measuring the genuine impact of the donation was at the heart of the initiative for the Elbas and Christian Louboutin who imagined the initiative to support specific grassroot programs.

Thanks to the incredible support, more than €1 million has been raised in the first season and redistributed amongst the humanitarian relief charities identified by the three friends for their importance and impact to equality and their communities.

THE COLLECTON

This first season was channelled into co-creating an uplifting two-chapter collection. The collection featured styles showcasing Strelitzia reginae “Mandela’s Gold” a beautiful plant that has come to symbolise empathy, hope and freedom Another highlight is the powerful statement Walk A Mile In My Shoes.
This line appeared in a script motif evocative in Louboutin red. It originates from a visit Idris paid to the Martin Luther King Jr memorial in Los Angeles. The trio was not suggesting that anyone walks a mile in their shoes, but instead to consider the motto as a call to action. A call to support the victims of police brutality and racial injustice in the United States, small farmers and their children in Somalia, disconnected underserved youth in England and orphaned children and young girls in Sierra Leone.

“The Walk a Mile in My Shoes campaign with Christian Louboutin, Sabrina Elba and Idris Elba was a miracle of its kind that came at the right time when love was needed everywhere around the world.”
—Rosaline Bangura, Executive Director, Be Rose International Foundation

“Thanks to the Walk a Mile in My Shoes funding we’ve received, Purposeful was able to pilot our very first Mentors Academy in Sierra Leone. We brought together fifty incredible young women mentors, and the convening centered on their healing, joy, solidarity, consciousness raising, and collective action.“
—Annie Murthi, Director of Finance and Operations, Purposeful

“We are very proud to be part of the incredible Walk a Mile in My Shoes initiative, and thanks to the funds raised from the collection we have been able to create new opportunities for young people to share their stories and have their voices heard. Our series of short films, ‘Walk in my Shoes,’ gave young people a platform to share the racial and social injustices they have experienced from authority figures such as teachers and police, as well as exploring their hopes for the future.”
—Jo Carter, Artistic Director, Immediate Theatre

“The Walk a Mile in My Shoes grant has played an important role in the sustainability of the Somali Hope Academy for the 2021-22 academic year. It is covering the enrollment costs for 402 of the 840 students.”
—Debra Frazer, Vice President Somali Hope Foundation

”We are grateful for the support of Christian Louboutin and Idris and Sabrina Elba. With the investment from Walk a Mile in My Shoes, The Gathering for Justice is building a Youth Justice Council, a platform for long-term, youth-led advocacy to reduce youth admission to detention facilities and prisons, increase alternatives and support release, while addressing other intersecting issues that impact the lives of Black and Brown young people in the US.”
— Carmen Perez, President & CEO, The Gathering for Justice

For Christian and the Elbas it was essential to use their positions to champion organisations who are already creating an unbelievable difference to those within their communities.

ABOUT THE CHARITIES

GATHERING FOR JUSTICE

The Gathering for Justice is an organization founded in 2005 by Harry Belafonte after he witnessed a news report of a 5 year-old black girl being handcuffed and arrested in her Florida classroom for “being unruly”. The Gathering for Justice’s mission is to build a movement to end child incarceration while working to eliminate the racial inequities that permeate the justice system.
Proceeds from the Season I have supported Justice University, an intergenerational, intersectional and intercultural movement school for the 21st century, organized by The Gathering for Justice. The curriculum is designed to deepen social thought while also uplifting people who've been directly-impacted by injustice as the experts and teachers. Whether it's courses in Black liberation, Chicana feminism, organizing 101 or Kingian Nonviolence, the Justice University curriculum provides a foundational basis and connection to the legacy of the past needed in order to move forward collectively.

PURPOSEFUL

Established in 2016, Purposeful is a feminist movement-building hub for adolescent girls.
They amplify girls’ voices, resource their resistance, build solidarity between and across girls’ movements, catalyse collaborative philanthropy and support innovation in grassroots programming with and for girls.
Proceeds the Season I have supported the Karo Kura Girls Circles across Sierra Leone. Girls Circles is a young women mentor led safe space program that supports 15,000 of the country’s most marginalised girls – including teenage mothers and girls living in very rural areas without school access. The initiative is underpinned by the Karo Kura media platform, a weekly radio drama and talk show rooted in Sierra Leonean culture that is changing beliefs and behaviours about girlhood a scale. The radio content is accessed by girls andmentorsinthesafespacesof specially distributed smartphones, and by an additional 500,000 community members across the country.

SOMALI HOPE FOUNDATION

Since 2008, the Somali Hope Foundation (SHF) has been dedicated to providing access to free, quality, and equitable education to youth in rural Somalia. They are a Canadian charity committed to bringing hope through education.
Proceeds from the Season I have supported the Somali Hope Academy, founded in 2012 in Bursalah, Somalia to provide free education to the over 700 students enrolled. In 2021, they are celebrating their first graduating class. Proceeds have also been directed to their Community Education Committee (CEC) which works with local groups to offer a range of programs that includes CPR/First Aid, basic adult education, vocational training, health and hygiene courses, assistance with disaster relief, breakfast programs, and a well to provide clean water.

BE ROSE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

Based in Maryland, USA, with offices in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, West Africa, Be Rose International Foundation, Inc. was established in 2012 with a clear and singular vision: “To provide hope for people who have given up on life and believe they simply cannot make it.”
They provide humanitarian relief for people in need of emergency assistance such as providing food pantry, rental & utility assistance to the vulnerable in the USA.
Proceeds from the Season I have supported Be Rose’s Flagship Free Breakfast program in Sierra Leone to ensure a nutritional morning meal for students whose parents cannot afford the expense. It will also support the Agribusiness program for widows, an empowerment project aimed to achieve two broad objectives; uplift the lives of widows and their families, and enhance food production to curb hunger, food insecurity, and poor health.

IMMEDIATE THEATRE

Established in 1996, Immediate Theatre works with young people and communities in Hackney and East London to ensure access for all artsall to arts activities that break down barriers and engage people in debate. Immediate Theatre’s vision is for a society where questioning, articulate and motivated people create and collaborate to build thriving communities.
Proceeds from the Season I have supported Can I walk in your shoes? a multi-disciplinary arts production that will explore the hopes and dreams of young people living in poverty in Hackney, East London and identify the barriers they face to achieving their aspirations. Using theatre, film, and social media youth will explore the still prevalent social injustices they experience, and in doing so they will identify a future that has purpose and prosperity.