Khalil Idris was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He spent his teenage years selling candy, clothing, and sneakers to friends and classmates. In accordance with his entrepreneurial spirit, Khalil founded his own clothing line, "Amenity," his second year of college. Khalil wanted to set the trend and break free from mainstream clothing brands. Inundated with the thrill of becoming an overnight success, he left school and took business head on. Khalil took up odd jobs in retail fashion and began taking independent sewing classes where he learned pattern & sample making. He perfected his craft on the sewing machine and sharpened his business acumen, tirelessly studying the ins and outs of fashion. 

A man’s shoes should be smooth and sophisticated in design, classic in build.

 

After years of working in retail, Khalil went on to intern in Manhattan for several designers, working in showrooms with concentrations on womenswear and streetwear. He then expanded his brand’s product line and founded another brand, "The Idris Collection,” which he later discontinued due to logistical issues. In pursuit of starting his own luxury brand, Khalil became a tailor's apprentice, focusing on making and selling bespoke suits and shoes. Two years into working as a tailor's apprentice, Khalil took great interest in custom shoemaking. 

Khalil is adamant about shoe design and understands that the build of a shoe sets the tone for an entire outfit. A man’s shoes should be sophisticated in design, classic in build. 

Now 24 years old, Khalil continues to push the limits of style and design and looks to inspire young adults living in inner cities with his story. Recently, Khalil spent a little over a month teaching kids in Steenberg, Cape Town and will be sponsoring all the students of Sullivan Primary School with shoes and socks.