OUR STORY

FROM PASSION ABOUT CRAFTSMANSHIP TO RECONNECTING BUYERS AND MAKERS OF FASHION.

 

CANO'S story begins all the way back in 2014 when we discovered the

beautiful craftsmanship Mexican artisans have developed and passed

on over generations.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

We are Philipp and Lukas, old high-school friends and the founders of CANO. Our story starts back in 2014 when we came to Mexico to study. Coming from Europe, we were overwhelmed by Mexico’s vibrant culture, warm climate and delicious food. One thing, however, fascinated us the most – the quality and passion behind Mexican handcrafted fashion and footwear. Especially, the Mexican huarache sparked our interest – a handmade leather sandal with great popularity and even greater history and culture.

THE SEARCH BEGINS


Even after we had already left Mexico, the huarache did not leave our minds. Right there and then, we decided we should bring the Mexican huarache and its craftsmanship to Europe. Since then, we made several trips to Mexico, held countless brainstorming sessions and put all our efforts into making this mission come true. From the beginning, we decided to stay with the traditional designs of the Mexican huaraches. Its fine woven leather-upper is the result of truly skilled craftsmanship and countless hours of handcrafting.

AND CANO BECOMES A REALITY!

The weaving technique of the Mexican sandals has its roots in the Aztec culture and since has been inherited and improved from generation to generation. The Mexican artisans behind the huarache dedicate their lives to keep the century-old tradition alive. Nonetheless, in a world dominated by fast-fashion, these artisans are hard to find. So, we packed our bags and traveled across Mexico. We eventually found the artisans that we were looking for in a small town in the central Mexican state of Michoacán.

 

CANO IS NOW A
MULTICONTINENTAL BRAND.

MEXICAN HUARACHES, LEATHER BOOTS AND JEWELRY FORM OUR FAMILY AND OUR DREAM IS GROWING.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT...

After another amazing summer in 2018, we decided to expand our portfolio. Inspired by the traditional Mexican Charro Boots that has its origins in Mexico, we started to design our own winter boot collection. Together with Hector’s small family business in Leon, we started to manufacture our first designs. In addition to footwear, we also launched a jewelry line with ethically handcrafted and recycled styles to support artisans with a different line of work.

By setting up these new supply chains in the most environmentally-friendly and fair way, we noticed how difficult it is to and communicate these efforts to consumers and be transparent in an industry that operates behind closed doors. Other sustainable brands faced the same issue. That’s when our idea for retraced, our new transparency supply-chain start-up was born.

 

In 2019, we started with retraced and began building a team. Before it was just Lukas and Philipp. Now CANO’s team includes driven and talented set of individuals, working from different places in the world to achieve our mission.

 


HANDMADE. ETHICALLY MADE. MEXICAN MADE

New Collection

New Collection

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OUR STORY

FROM PASSION ABOUT CRAFTSMANSHIP TO RECONNECTING BUYERS AND MAKERS OF FASHION.

 

CANO'S story begins all the way back in 2014 when we discovered the

beautiful craftsmanship Mexican artisans have developed and passed

on over generations.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

We are Philipp and Lukas, old high-school friends and the founders of CANO. Our story starts back in 2014 when we came to Mexico to study. Coming from Europe, we were overwhelmed by Mexico’s vibrant culture, warm climate and delicious food. One thing, however, fascinated us the most – the quality and passion behind Mexican handcrafted fashion and footwear. Especially, the Mexican huarache sparked our interest – a handmade leather sandal with great popularity and even greater history and culture.

THE SEARCH BEGINS


Even after we had already left Mexico, the huarache did not leave our minds. Right there and then, we decided we should bring the Mexican huarache and its craftsmanship to Europe. Since then, we made several trips to Mexico, held countless brainstorming sessions and put all our efforts into making this mission come true. From the beginning, we decided to stay with the traditional designs of the Mexican huaraches. Its fine woven leather-upper is the result of truly skilled craftsmanship and countless hours of handcrafting.

AND CANO BECOMES A REALITY!

The weaving technique of the Mexican sandals has its roots in the Aztec culture and since has been inherited and improved from generation to generation. The Mexican artisans behind the huarache dedicate their lives to keep the century-old tradition alive. Nonetheless, in a world dominated by fast-fashion, these artisans are hard to find. So, we packed our bags and traveled across Mexico. We eventually found the artisans that we were looking for in a small town in the central Mexican state of Michoacán.

CANO IS NOW A MULTICONTINENTAL BRAND.

MEXICAN HUARACHES, LEATHER BOOTS AND JEWELRY FORM OUR FAMILY AND OUR DREAM IS GROWING.

After another amazing summer in 2018, we decided to expand our portfolio. Inspired by the traditional Mexican Charro Boots that has its origins in Mexico, we started to design our own winter boot collection. Together with Hector’s small family business in Leon, we started to manufacture our first designs. From 2019 on, you can buy CANO’s all around the year.


HANDMADE. ETHICALLY MADE. MEXICAN MADE

New Collection

New Collection

New Collection

OUR STORY

FROM PASSION ABOUT CRAFTSMANSHIP TO RECONNECTING BUYERS AND MAKERS OF FASHION.

CANO's story begins all the way back in 2014 when we discovered the beautiful craftsmanship artisans have developed and passed on over generations.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

We are Philipp and Lukas, old high-school friends and the founders of CANO. Our story starts back in 2014 when we came to Mexico to study. Coming from Europe, we were overwhelmed by Mexico’s vibrant culture, warm climate and delicious food. One thing, however, fascinated us the most – the quality and passion behind Mexican handcrafted fashion and footwear. Especially, the Mexican huarache sparked our interest – a handmade leather sandal with great popularity and even greater history and culture.

THE SEARCH BEGINS


Even after we had already left Mexico, the huarache did not leave our minds. Right there and then, we decided we should bring the Mexican huarache and its craftsmanship to Europe. Since then, we made several trips to Mexico, held countless brainstorming sessions and put all our efforts into making this mission come true. From the beginning, we decided to stay with the traditional designs of the Mexican huaraches. Its fine woven leather-upper is the result of truly skilled craftsmanship and countless hours of handcrafting.

AND CANO BECOMES A REALITY!

The weaving technique of the Mexican sandals has its roots in the Aztec culture and since has been inherited and improved from generation to generation. The Mexican artisans behind the huarache dedicate their lives to keep the century-old tradition alive. Nonetheless, in a world dominated by fast-fashion, these artisans are hard to find. So, we packed our bags and traveled across Mexico. We eventually found the artisans that we were looking for in a small town in the central Mexican state of Michoacán.

​CANO IS NOW A MULTICONTINENTAL BRAND.

MEXICAN HUARACHES, LEATHER BOOTS AND JEWELRY FORM OUR FAMILY AND OUR DREAM IS GROWING.


After another amazing summer in 2018, we decided to expand our portfolio. Inspired by the traditional Mexican Charro Boots that has its origins in Mexico, we started to design our own winter boot collection. Together with Hector’s small family business in Leon, we started to manufacture our first designs. From 2019 on, you can buy CANO’s all around the year.

HANDMADE. ETHICALLY MADE. MEXICAN MADE


New Collection


New Collection


New Collection