Mohinder's Slip Ons
The seed for Mohinders was planted on a vacation when founder Michael Paratore bought a pair of leather slip-ons at a market in Mumbai, India. Back at home in the Bay Area a few months later, he realized he was still wearing them nonstop. After a few trips back and some Indiana Jones-level treasure hunting, Michael found himself in a vibrant village in the remote province of Athani on India’s northern tip. There, he found third-generation artisans crafting the slippers using a time-consuming 34-step process from naturally bag-tanned water buffalo leather that requires more than a month to prepare. Some of the steps, like the regional Cavani weaving technique used to attach the upper and insole, can’t even be done by machine. Working with a collective of these local craftsmen and women, Paratore made small modernizations for even more comfort and durability, and created the first Mohinder, the City Slipper.