Fashion
How I Started: Leather and Feet
It takes patience to manage a business
IMAGE Instagram | www.instagram.com/leatherandfeet ART Clare Magno

A homegrown brand that offers high quality leather shoes at an affordable price, every pair of shoes from Leather and Feet are sustainably sourced, stitched, and glued together beautifully with love and balance. Get to know that young entrepreneurs behind the brand that's designed to move you as they share with us how they started Leather and Feet.

How it started. "As really good friends, we've always envisioned building ventures together. The idea of putting up a shoe brand started late 2015 during one of our travels in the Philippines. Since then, we started to conceptualize and last June 2016, Leather and Feet finally came to life and we launched our first collection on our Instagram page."

Why Leather and Feet? "We know that we have big shoes to fill. We loved the idea of making a difference in our local community by helping our Marikina shoemakers bring back its legacy in the shoe industry. We would like the people to relive and embrace back world class products that are locally made. So, we chose to produce and sell leather shoes!"

Young entrepreneur. "Starting a start-up business is a big achievement, but maintaining one is the larger challenge. We were surprised when we were faced with many obstacles, but overcoming those hurdles made us stronger and more committed to Leather and Feet. It will always be not a smooth ride, but at the end of the day seeing your brand be loved and adored by others makes up for all the blood, sweat, and tears."

Drawing inspiration. "We draw our inspiration from the people around us, our dear family and friends. We are where we are now today because of their unconditional love and endless support."

Partners in crime. "We (Niña and Monica) love working together! Working in teams is always challenging, but all it takes is trust, mutual respect, open communication, and shared vision to make things work."

Little challenges. "We both struggle with time. Since both of us have a full-time job, keeping up with each other's schedule is quite difficult. Eventually, with the right planning our schedules are now in sync."

Staying original. "Leather & Feet is made by carefully selecting genuine leather that will age sophistically. Our priorities are making sure that are shoes are of good quality, comfortable, affordable, and of course, stylish."

What's next? "Our future plan includes putting up our very own website that will cater to the international market and a physical store also."

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What is your entrepreneurial philosophy?

Every failure is a step closer to success.

To young budding entrepreneurs. "You need hard work, patience and passion. It takes patience to manage a business and it's important to also understand that every day is learning process."

Know any young entrepreneurs? Leave a comment below and you just might see them on the site next week!

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Janelle Yau
Fashion and Beauty Assistant
The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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