Dhiantha Achary's business started out as a way to create unique gifts for select family and friends. But as the popularity of her shoes grew so did her orders. A trained architect, Achary uses the shoe designs as a creative outlet. Each pair of shoes is completely handmade and carefully designed to fit the personality of the buyer. It takes around 2 hours to design the pattern and about 4-6 hours to customise each shoe - around 16 hours of work per pair of customised Tomy "tekkies".
Achary is developing new strategies on how to collaborate with other artists on the LACED project and expand the business to incorporate more than footwear.