laidback london was born out of a desire to go back to basics. To make products by hand using traditional techniques. Working with the imperfections to craft naturally unique products. Timeless pieces that are made to last and 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 Mombassa to the big city. The first pair of laidback london sandals were sold in the summer of 2002 from a market stall on the Portobello Road.
Giving back. Making a difference.
From small beginnings, the brand has now grown into an infrastructure which supports job creation within local communities in developing countries. Keeping processes hand made allows us to support maximum employment.
With your support, the label is able to provide sustainable incomes for artisans as well as preserve traditional skills in craftsmanship which have been passed down through generations as our offerings grew from handmade leather flip flops, luxury Keyan style belts and rugged shoes and boots.
Made by hand.
Our leathers, sourced from a local, family owned tannery, are hand dyed and sundried before being cut. 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.
laidback london is now best known for what has now become the brand's signature; handmade beaded leather sandals inspired by colourful cultures.