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Africa Engo, Bisila Bikoko, Olivia Palermo & William Kikanae at Pikolinos ‘The Maasai Project’ Black-Tie Gala, hosted by the United Nations.

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Pikolinos,the spanish footwear brand and non-profit company launched “The Maasai Project” in 2008 with Alternative Trade and Microcredits (ADCAM) and William, the Maasai leader who initiated the idea of combining the progressive eco & socially responsible companies to create a footwear line that earns profits to further women development and additional projects in the Maasai Mara National Reserve just recently opened it’s two-floor eco-friendly wood and sustainable materials pop-up shop on the 16th of April, at 32 Gansevoort Street, New York, New York 10014, between now and the 7th of July, 2013.


Olivia Palermo & William Kikanae

Following the Pop-up shop opening, was the next-day Black-Tie Gala on the 17th of April, at the United Nations to benefit the Maasai tribe through ADCAM (NGO) and Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP) collaborative efforts.


Bisila Bikoko

It’s through these efforts and so much more that Pikolinos has created a cohesive bond between fashion and fair trade presenting a brighter future for those in need, one shoe at a time.


Ihuoma Atanga and Africa Engo

The Gala saw a host of people from the Beauty, Fashion & Publishing industries, like Tai Beauchamp, who was the host of the night:


Model, Mari Malek:


Hearst SVP & International Publishing Director Jeannette Chang and Phil Sweenie:


For more information on the Maasai Project, visit the Pikolinos website, HERE.

Photo Credit: Getty.

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