INKAICO is our dream come true of bringing the Latin American joie de vivre to the streets of Europe. As Peruvian-born women with our hearts in Berlin, we want to build a bridge between these – only supposedly so different – worlds. And what better way to do this than with handmade shoes?
Growing up between Peru and Germany, we realised that a large part of the fashion industry is dominated by the European market – a fashion trend that virtually neglects local traditional crafts from small communities in other parts of the world. Once on a trip back home, we stumbled upon some colourful fabrics decorated with Inca patterns. Fabrics that we knew from our childhood but always took for granted. After some design experiments, we soon realised the timeless potential of the patterns. That was the moment INKAICO was born – inspired by tradition and childhood memories and influenced by European urban life.
Today we are a team of dreamers – with one foot in Peru and the other in Europe. And with both wearing our shoes. To manufacture our shoes, we work closely with small workshops in Peru and only use local materials. This enables us to produce handmade shoes that will survive your wildest adventures. We want to shake up the shoe market and create sneakers that will make each of your outfits special, while preserving the traditions of our culture and displaying them to the world.
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