INSPIRED BY NATURE
For 20 years now, a small design boutique has been creating footwear that could well be a piece of art. Transitioning from fabric to leather, Janota, taking its name from the Portuguese word for ‘stylish’ has been handcrafting shoes in small numbers for a niche clientele. Edwin Pinto, 58, with no formal training in shoemaking took to the trade seriously after Wendell Rodricks came to Goa and invited him to design a collection. From creepers to flowers and snakes to butterflies, Pinto is inspired by nature in all its forms. Then there are elves and pixies taking design to a magical realm. “Comfort comes first but the pair of shoes must stand out,” says Pinto who is experimenting with hemp for its eco-friendly nature. Janota also customises for size and colour.