Wyclef Steps Up Humanitarian Efforts With Timberland

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John Kennedy / October 1, 2009

Wyclef Jean is known almost as much for his humanitarian work as he is for his music. Continuing his philanthropic efforts, the Grammy Award-winning musician has teamed up with Timberland to create an eco-friendly collection of boots for men, women, and children that promises to save the world, one shoe at a time.

The footwear will be sold under the earth-conscious Timberland Earthkeepers line, with $2 from every sale going to Wyclef’s Yéle Haiti foundation that helps improve living conditions in the singer’s home country.

“My idea for Haiti ever since I came to America was watching how Bob Marley showed another face to his country — it was important that I do that,” Wyclef told the Associated Press. “Beyond music, it’s important that you have brand partnerships with brands that… have similar ideas to what you’re trying to do.”

In addition to boots, the collection will feature T-shirts with designs by Haitian children. The U.S. release is slated for late November, while the collection will be available worldwide in 2010, coinciding with Wyclef’s upcoming album release, Music Theory. –Adrien Field