Episode 130: Hari Mari and the shoe that gives back

August 19, 2021

Amanda Smith

Business, podcast

Join Amanda and Lila Stewart talk about what it means to start a business that gives back. 

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Want to know more about Hair Mari? Read the story below!

Hari Mari’s story started in Indonesia, where the husband and wife team, Jeremy and Lila Stewart, lived and worked for several years, starting in 2007. During their time in the island nation, Jeremy was producing a documentary film on children fighting hunger and malnutrition in Southeast Asia, and Lila was volunteering on behalf of the American Women’s Association in Jakarta, spearheading in-country fundraising, clothing drives, and food donations to aid and support orphans across the archipelago. Their unique & indelible experiences clicked and spurred a collective passion for helping kids abroad. Moving back to the States in 2010 and expecting their first child, the two decided the next project they undertook would be to help kids here in the US, and when they saw an unmet need for comfortable and colorful flip flops at a premium level, they married the two passions together to found Hari Mari. Jeremy and Lila were shocked to learn that pediatric cancer is the most fatal disease amongst American kids, a deeply concerning statistic that immediately launched what is now an embedded part of Hari Mari’s DNA – giving 1% of sales to support kids battling pediatric cancer – they call it Flops Fighting Cancer. Paying homage to the origin of their commitment to helping kids and the trace root of the brand, “Hari” (Hahr- ee) literally means “sun” in the Indonesian Language while “Mari” (Mahr- ee) means “sea” in Latin, but Lila & Jeremy are more likely to tell you Hari Mari just means making a great pair of flip flops that also help support a lot of incredibly brave children. Hari Mari launched in 2012, bringing clever color and superlative comfort together in a singular flip flop, creating looks as unique as the people who wear them. Described by Details Magazine as “The only sandals a guy should wear” and tapped as “stylish and absurdly comfortable” by Outside Magazine. Hari Mari’s can be found in select retailers and online at HariMari.com.

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