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 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 with her Basenji, taking extended camping trips, and heightening her growing fascination with 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.
Beth handles all things CX at Mohinders. She's a bucket filler, smile maker, foodie, and mom of a sassy little human. In her free time, she explores different hiking trails, loves trying different goodies at food pop-ups and dancing & singing to reggae music while she’s cooking. Beth’s extensive experience comes from running her own small business and working with various consumer goods start-ups.
Noelle handles the customer experience here, at Mohinders. A Mom, avid camper and artist, she is passionate about sustainability and exploring everything – from far-flung campsites to different creative mediums. Her experience comes from running her own metalsmithing business and sustainable general store in Sacramento, CA. When not helping you out with all things Mohinders, she enjoys hanging out with her son and dogs in their xeriscape home garden, eating her sister's home cooking, and visiting the California coast.
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.)