Korogocho is a Swahili word meaning “crowded shoulder to shoulder” it is also one of the largest slums in Kenya, founded in the 1970s by rural migrants to Nairobi. Its labyrinthine geography is vibrantly dressed and its inhabitants dynamic.
Prince + Pauper’s design ethos is informed by the spirit of this environment, where playful combinations of ‘high’ and ‘low’ materials are underpinned by a ‘no waste’ philosophy, and each design is rendered by hand.
Premium high-grade leather is paired with recycled elements. Used car tyres are crafted into durable soles, and glass bottles, brass fixtures, aluminium pots and cow horn are reincarnated into ornate beads.
Each pair of Prince + Pauper sandals is unique, and provides employment for 6 to 12 people living in and around Korogocho slum.
Manual production methods do not only maximise employment, but also reduce our carbon footprint. In addition to this, water and electricity are used sparingly, and we ship our sandals via surface mail.
Due to the handmade nature of our sandals, small imperfections occur. These are part of their charm, and ensure the uniqueness of each pair.