Which brought me to the Clinton Global Initiative. After writing to the TOMS website in the hopes of connecting with a customer service rep, I received the following message: TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie (above right) was in New York attending the former President's annual power pow-wow this week. Perhaps I'd like some assistance from the creator himself?

So yesterday, I braved the Sheraton in midtown (soooo packed) to meet up with Mycoskie. Wearing a dapper vest and more jewelry than I've ever seen outside the vitrines of Bergdorf Goodman, he plopped down on a lobby couch to take a break from all the moving and shaking at the summit, which he's attended three years in a row. "It's great, but at this point, it's become like a family reunion," he says. "If I'm not careful, I get can stuck talking to a weird uncle for an hour."

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Photographs by Christos Katsiaouni