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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Model, Mari Malek:

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

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

Photo Credit: Getty.

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