HANDCRAFTED LEATHER GOODS
FOR THE SARTORIAL LIFESTYLE.
Organic in form and trusty in use, our bespoke leather shoes and small goods come with a soul of their own. The sturdy goodyear welted shoes we make are inspired by the timeless sartorial elegance of postwar England. To ensure quality in construction, we painstakingly source the best leather for the job (from places as far as Argentina) and procure only in small quantities. Averse to fast fashion and mass manufacturing, we handcraft shoes entirely from leather and build them to last you a lifetime.
THE MAN BEHIND OBLUM
For Tarun Oblum, the devil is in the details. He has always held a fascination for things you can do with your own hands, evidenced by the pleasure he takes in handicraft to this day. His idea that hand-made products are inherently authentic is what you see reflected in our leather shoes and small goods.
To be sartorial is a form of good manners: you dress to respect an occasion. Drawing from a variety of influences as diverse as postwar Britain, vintage American fashion, Deccani culture and minimalist Japanese aesthetics, Tarun works with experienced cobblers (and only 3 machines) to fashion leather products of timeless elegance. Committed to sustainability, he ensures Oblum uses almost all the leather they procure and keeps wastage to a bare minimum of 5%.
SMALL LEATHER GOODS
“TO ACHIEVE THE NONCHALANCE WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR A MAN, ONE ARTICLE AT LEAST MUST NOT MATCH."
Charminar was where shoemakers used to reside in the erstwhile Hyderabad State. However, as industrialized fashion became the order of the day, they shifted to other lines of work and the craft died. Today, traditional shoemakers are found only in Agra and come from families that made shoes for the British colonialists. Oblum works with these craftsmen from Agra to ensure their skills earn them a living, and the art they so expertly purvey is preserved.