Another brand with a philanthropic heart is coming to the table. Mohinders is a lifestyle brand that designs and produces handwoven leather shoes in partnership with a cooperative of skilled artisans in rural India—creating a modern, high-quality and ethically-sourced take on a traditional shoe.
Founded by Michael Paratore, a lawyer turned social entrepreneur, Each pair of is meticulously handwoven by second- and third-generation artisans in a remote village in Karnataka, India. The craftspeople use full-grain water buffalo leather that is vegetable tanned in small batches. Sourcing from a principle artisan cooperative ensures that the artisans are paid higher rates for the shoes they make, do not have to borrow from money lenders in order to buy raw materials for production, and are empowered to break free from the cycle of poverty. Each pair, available in men’s and women’s retails for $145.