Necessity is the mother of inventions…
The idea of TLC emerged when a shoe enthusiast recognized a major void in the handmade footwear industry.
There was a lack of bespoke handmade leather shoes that were truly a combination of style and comfort at an
affordable price. At the other end of the supply chain, the void was a result of lack of resources and
opportunities to utilize the tremendous skills and craftsmanship. The journey of filling these voids began in
2012 when we established a small workshop for local artisans in Karachi, Pakistan. After investing many
hours of hard work and perfecting the art of handmade shoemaking we were able to provide our craftsmen
with a platform to display their masterpieces globally to customers like you.
The future of handmade is in our own hands…
The Leather Crafts is not just a shoe brand; it is a vision and an attempt to revive the slowly dying traditional craft
of handmade shoemaking. For nearly 2,000 years, craftsmen in what is now Pakistan have perfected the
art of making shoes, handing skills down in each generation. However, due to globalization and mass
production, that industry has collapsed. The skilled artisans lost their jobs to cheaper child labor and
mass-produced, low-quality shoes. To prevent the industry to meet an unfortunate fate, TLC aims to keep
extant the handmade shoemaking industry by helping younger generation regain an interest in the ancient
craft by empowering the artisans. TLC is a more than just shoes; it is rediscovering the historic traditions and
redefining bespoke fashion by truly honoring the craftsmen. As a result, each masterpiece crafted by our
artisans is a reflection of the craft’s heritage.
Democratize the luxury of bespoke fashion…
Our philosophy is to make bespoke fashion more accessible by providing comfort and style at affordable
prices. By eliminating the unnecessary middlemen costs, we offer high-end, handcrafted styles for a fraction
of the price charged by other brands. We take pride in prioritizing quality over quantity; hence we do not
condone mass production. Every shoe is made with meticulous attention for detailing and with traditional
craftsmanship leading to durability, individuality and a timeless masterpiece. We offer the service of custom
design and fit to make each piece as unique as the one who wears them.
“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”
― Johannes Brahms
― Johannes Brahms
TLC was established on the core value of honoring the craftsmen who create each pair with an immense passion
that is reflected in the intricate detailing and perfection of the timeless masterpiece. We are committed to
provide fair trade wages, healthcare, education, and a healthy working environment for all of our producers.
Each pair that you wear enables us to create an opportunity for over 100 people across our supply chain. We are
trying to support the local economy and bring jobs back in this ancient industry by offering sustainable
incomes for the craftsmen so they can pursue their passion. Creating employment and teaching the skill of
handcrafting shoes, especially for women, is at the heart of our business. By teaching women the art of
traditional shoemaking and through practical training, we hope to empower the women of the community by
helping them on the path to financial independence and self-sufficiency.
"The art of the craftsman is a bond between the peoples of the world”
- Florence Dibell Bartlett
- Florence Dibell Bartlett
To showcase the expertise and valuable skills of our local artisans, we deliver our shoes globally, along with
our outlets in Pakistan. By eliminating the unnecessary middlemen and empowering the artisans we abridge
the distance between the producer and the consumer. We believe that the makers of the products should not
be faceless; hence with our transparent supply chain you know who crafted the masterpiece you’re wearing.
We treat our artisans as equal team members who pitch in ideas for new designs and create one-of-a-kind
product. We have worked extensively with our artisans to find high-quality leathers that soften with overtime
wear. We've increased the flexibility of our insole boards and leather outsoles, and our experts have spent a
lot of time finding the perfect rubber soles to further address comfort and durability.
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