Laidback london was born out of a desire to go back to basics. To make products the old fashioned way - by hand, using traditional techniques. To work with the imperfections to create naturally unique and individual products. Timeless pieces that are made to last, that wear better with age.
Walk, don’t run.
Having moved to London in 1997, the label’s founder wanted to bring back a part of the laid-back lifestyle he had experienced growing up on the coastal town of Mombasa to the big city. The first pair of laidback london sandals were sold from a market stall on Portobello Road in the summer of 2002.
Giving back. Making a difference.
We have established an infrastructure that creates jobs, provides sustainable incomes for the workers and preserves their skills and artistry. The work we do has a positive social and economic impact- empowering local communities, giving hope and providing opportunities through education for future generations.
Made by hand.
Keeping the processes hand made allows us to build the work force and create maximum employment. The leather, which is sourced from a local, family owned tannery is hand dyed and sundried before being cut by hand. The uppers are then hand embellished with tiny colourful beads using a technique that symbolises the traditions of the various local tribes. Different to any other, this painstaking method of sewing every fourth bead directly onto the leather can take one person up to half a day to embellish just two pairs of sandals.The uppers are then hand embellished with tiny colourful beads using a technique, which symbolises the traditions of the various local tribes.
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