“My craft is like art to me ,” says shoe designer Khachik Mnatsakanyan who , for 40
years , has been doing what he loves in a business that has been passed down from
generation to generation. Mnatsakanyan inherited the business from his father Rafik , a
fellow shoe designer who came from Igdir. Rafik Mnatsakanyan insisted that shoe
designing was in his blood – his future in the business was predetermined from an early
age. Senior Mnatsakanyan slept in an antique sewing machine rather than a crib , in his
eyes cementing his impending dedication to shoe designing. Over the years Rafik
Mnatsakanyan built a flourishing business that was grounded on producing and designing
quality shoes that were comfortable , stylish and affordable. Khachik Mnatsakanyan
inherited his father's delicate taste and skillful hands – finding the key to the comfortable
and tasteful shoes his father was famous for making. In keeping with family traditions ,
Khachik maintains extraordinary attention to detail: preserving in every pair of shoes the
quality and style his family name has come to be known for.
“Quality shoes establish a good walk and proper posture,” assures Khachik
Mnatsakanyan. The shoe designer is thoroughly familiar with quality , having worked in
a factory that was home to the former glory of the Armenian shoe industry. For decades ,
since 1975 , Mnatsakanyan was employed by Nairi factory – the establishment that
perpetuated Armenia as one of the main centers for quality shoe production in the Soviet
Union. Khachik Mnatsakanyan participated in showcasing his shoes on displays across
Moscow , Ukraine and other Soviet cities. In an Italian city of Bologna , he was awarded
accolades and special recognition as an exceptional designer.
In 1992 , upholding family tradition , Khachik Mnatsakanyan founded a new company ,
“Igdir Ojakh.” Today the company operates under the name “Raf Kanyan” to pay respect
to the man who introduced Khachik to shoe designing . Khachik Mnatsakanyan is
positive that the skills and experience each generation inherits , adds to create a
foundation of high quality leather and suede shoescoupled with masterful handiwork
unique to the Mnatsakanyan brand. Today , Mnatsakanyan uses Italian raw materials
corresponding to both Italian traditions and the latest techniques . The shoe designer
studies each pair of shoes in detail , size, style , and shape. A task much more difficult
than it appears , shoe designing is complex , painstaking work. Sewing a pair of shoes
takes about two to three days . Khachik Mnatsakanyan designs and produces shoes for
both men and women.
In the upcoming future , Khachik Mnatsakanyan plans to open a shoe boutique ,
introducing his shoes to a much broader audience. The boutique will allow familiarizing
the customers with the comfortable and affordable models , while evaluating the high
quality and excellence of Mnatsakanyan’s shoes.
“Raf Kanyan” – a powerful spirit and history of style!
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