#NICEStories: Paytaan – Revamping the Indian Leather Footwear Industry

Paytaan is a cultural enterprise that focuses on the manufacture and trade of leather footwear like Kolhapuri chappal. 

Kolhapuri chappals date back to over 800 years ago worn mainly by the royal lineage- a matter of honor. This elevates the importance of this uniquely crafted product in the cultural history of India. Paytaan is more than just chappals – they are focused on building a better ecosystem for this industry while creating an international brand for Indian craftsmanship.

Let’s take a deep dive into the roots of Paytaan with the founder, Anurag Kokitkar.

#NICEStories: Shoegaro Platform for promoting and selling Indian Handmade Footwear

What’s better than handcrafted footwear that’s affordable and convenient? Shoegaro is a cultural enterprise acting as a platform for artisans to sell handmade footwear. So far, almost 250 artisan families have been positively impacted through Shoegaro. It aims to uphold the Indian art of shoemaking, while making it affordable for customers as well as profitable for the artisans involved. Follow our conversation with Ankit, as he talks about the inception of Shoegaro, the state of artisans in this industry and the challenges that came along while setting up this private enterprise.