We've got some cool new socks in for the holiday season. Introducing Cole + Parker.
Check out their story below. It's pretty rad.
Cole + Parker StoryWe are a team of entrepreneurs who came together to connect some dots…
Jeff was pumped about microfinance and seeding start ups in developing countries. He had been to Columbia and heard pitches from trust groups and saw the pride in entrepreneurs who sustained themselves from receiving microloans. He also like socks. A lot. Diana knew three things: She liked Jeff’s socks, she loved to hustle and market great products and she also wanted to support entrepreneurship in North America and abroad in any way she could.
Diana and Jeff were driving one Sunday when they asked themselves how they could support entrepreneurs, both locally and globally and create amazing socks as well?
We teamed up with a world class designer and a sock expert with over ten years of product development experience and also looked to pioneers for building socially responsible businesses. While standing on the shoulders of Blake Mycoskie of Tom’s Shoes we had an ephiphany and came up with a sustainable extension to the “1 for 1″ Business Model. We call this the “1 for Many” Business Model.
Sale proceeds are loaned through our partner Kiva to fund entrepreneurs in the developing world. Once a loan is payed back we use those funds to fund another entrepreneur thus creating a revolving loan effect. Micro finance has proven to help sustain communities in a dignified way. An amazing 99% of all loans through Kiva are repaid. Our goal is to support as many entrepreneurs around the world as possible.
Who Are Cole + ParkerOh, that’s simple. The entrepreneurial spirit of jazz got us amped to name our company after two of the most influential jazz players of all time: John Coltrane and Charlie Parker.
They were believers of creating, freedom of express and also icons for the original hipster subculture movement. Also, Jeff plays the sax. We thought it was cool.