Our designs are deeply rooted in the shoemaking traditions of Northern Karnataka, a region in India.
We work with families of 3rd-and 4th-generation shoemakers and leather tanners. We strive to uphold respectful design and sustainability from start to finish. This means heirloom, regional processes, intentional choices to reduce waste and use lower-impact materials, and creating shoes that last and age beautifully.
We believe in providing support for heirloom leather shoemaking, upholding respectful design and low environmental impact. For Mohinders, this means adhering to the following practices:
Mohinders works with ten different groups of master shoemakers, all cooperative members based in Athani. Most are families who come from generations of master shoemakers, and work in neighboring workshops near a shared cooperative office and meeting space.
Corporate lawyer-turned-shoe-peddler, Michael's been running Mohinders since 2012, all while trying to convince his wife and two daughters to join him on as many spontaneous adventures as possible.
Kay is the Chief Operations & Creative Officer aka CoCo at Mohinders. She's an organizational expert who loves to tackle new projects. She enjoys maximizing her time off-screen by going on long hikes along the coast, taking extended camping trips, kickboxing in her garage and heightening her growing fascination of hummingbirds. Kay's background lies in design and outdoor retail, which we find quintessential for all things Mohinders.
Cameron is a creative and marketing director, artist, jewelry designer, human + dog mom, and surfer. She brings a depth of wisdom from running her own small business, world travels, and expert-level snack curation—which we take very seriously.
Kristen is a creative director, artist, and leather worker. She loves storytelling, painting, and getting in the ocean at the (usually foggy) beach town where she lives in northern California.
Abbas is a third-generation shoe peddler and runs his own family footwear business on Mumbai’s Colaba Causeway. He's a shoe designer, expert on local candies of Athani, and runs our India operations (he also locates the best dosa breakfasts when we're in town.)