I am just back from 2 weeks of gorgeous and relaxing summer hols and before I went, I treated myself to a new pair of flipflops as I always spend most of my time around the swimming pool. I decided to opt for a new brand that I discovered through the Bibico blog and whose story and mission really caught my attention.
Those who were old enough at the time will vividly remember the shocking TV footage of the 2004 tsunami that hit the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Thailand on Boxing day causing devastation and misery for all those involved. Rob and Paul Forkan, founders of Gandy’s Flip Flops and were affected directly when an adventure of a lifetime with their parents working on humanitarian projects in India and Sri Lanka turned into a nightmare. They lost both their parents when the Tsunami hit the fishing town where they were staying in Sri Lanka and they both faced a very difficult journey with their brothers and sisters to find their way home to the UK from amidst the chaos that surrounded them.
Fortunately for the Forkan Children, they were supported by friends and family allowing them to finish their education. Rob and Paul got jobs in London and saved up enough money to complete the trip that they had started with their parents including returning to India.
But the story doesn’t end there. Rob and Paul wanted to find a positive end to this tragedy and decided to continue in the spirit of their parents by trying to help orphans like themselves in the countries that they had visited with their parents, orphans who weren’t lucky enough to have family and friends to support and help them as they had. After Rob woke up with a “mouth like Gandhi’s flip flop” at a festival one morning, the idea for their new flip flop brand was born. A brand that is designed in London, inspired by travel and fuelled by giving back.
Gandys is a social enterprise with 10% of all profits going to the ‘Orphans for orphans’ mission or the Gandy Foundation which is already beginning to make a difference by funding homes for orphans in India and Sri Lanka. This year the first home is opened in memory of Kevin and Sandra Forkan marking the 10th anniversary of the tsunami.
Gandys have a fantastic range of flip flops in a selection of colours and patterns. I was particularly taken by the Liberty print ones which have been pretty much welded to my feet for the last few weeks. As always with the ethical fashion brands that I love, it is great to have something that looks great but that also makes a difference.
You can find out more about Gandys story and mission or check out their collection of flip flops on www.gandysflipflops.com.
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