Mohinders was born in 2012 when founder Michael Paratore's daydream turned into an amazing—and totally unexpected—excursion through India, searching for the source of a beloved pair of slip-ons.He quit his job as a corporate lawyer to become a shoe peddler and hasn't looked back since. Today, we're driven by designs and materials that come with a good story. As a team of two, we create distinctive products and share the Mohinders story while keeping curiosity and a ready-for-anything approach at the center of everything we do.
Corporate lawyer-turned-shoe-peddler, Michael's been running Mohinders since 2012, all while convincing his wife and kids to join him on as many spontaneous adventures as possible.
Kristen is a creative director, artist, and leather worker, designing products and Mohinders visuals while jumping in the ocean as much as possible in her Outer Sunset neighborhood.
A real-deal, third-generation shoe peddler, Abbas runs his own successful family footwear business on the Colaba Causeway. He's a shoe designer, Mumbai expert, and runs our India operations and supply chain—he also tolerates our endless questions and finds us the best dosa spots when we're in town.
We work with eight master craftsmen, all part of a cooperative working structure.They collaborate to set quality standards, grow as entrepreneurs, and establish pricing as a group. A bit about them all, shown left to right.