We as people have an uncontrollable fascination towards all things old and new, especially towards the new. Our story started in a land far away, United Kingdom to be precise. Being a true Indian, our founder Harshwardhan Patwardhan carried with him and used a pair of traditional Kolhapuri sandals whilst studying Business Management in Nottingham. What he didn’t expect were all the compliments he received for them. This incident unknowingly set the wheels churning and the idea of Chappers was born.
Upon returning to India he started helping with his father’s transportation business only to realize that he didn’t belong there. Going back to his initial idea of experimenting with the traditional Kolhapuri sandals, he wondered if the idea would catch on. The initial research included a lot of solo trips to Kolhapur, finding out and arranging meetings with leather manufacturers in Dharavi etc. Modi’s Make in India scheme proved to be the ultimate inspiration as a few samples were made and distributed amongst family and friends for a test run. Each pair was tested in some harsh conditions including long and difficult treks and ploughing through heavy rains. Only after the results were satisfying, did we start with the initial design and manufacturing process.