Mirza International: A Successful Shoe company with a debt of $47 million

Updated on February 28, 2024 in Brand Story by

Mirza International: A Successful Shoe company with a debt of $47 million

RedTape, Bond Street, and Oaktrak. The global brands for the pioneer of leather shoes originated from a single parent company Mirza Tanners Private Limited. Ever heard of it? Well, we are here to show you how a small tannery company from nowhere in India turned out to be a global hit, and what you can learn from it.

PixelPhant is a product photo editing service for eCommerce and in this following article of the eCommerce dissect we are going to dissect the success of Mirza International, or as you may know, RedTape.

The Origin of Mirza International Limited

It all started in the September of 1979 when Mr. Irshad Mirza & Mr. Rashid Mirza began a tanner exporting company in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh India.

The company was exporting high-quality leather and leather products overseas which turned out to be in the favor of the Mirza’s. They soon became the largest exporters of the finished leather in the country and began to hit new successes.

But at the same time, they also saw the opportunity to fulfill the global demand for leather footwear. This was a grand opportunity at their doors and they took it. They swiftly set up the manufacturing units in Unnao and Noida and began to export their products.

The streak of success continued for the company. They were all set for the growing demands and took some really necessary steps to deal with them.

  • They re-organized themselves with in-house designs, development studios, marketing offices, and a strong distribution and logistics network.
  • Also in the following success streaks, they introduced two of their own brands RedTape and Oatrak, which as you know, became one of the best brands for leather shoes and products all over the world.
Mirza International

The new benchmark of the Leather footwear and more

With the introduction of the two new brands, the company started to spread across the globe and became a global success. The goal of RedTape and Oatrak was straight and simple. 

Delivering high-quality leather products and attractive in-house designs to the customer at a competitive price.

The in-house designers and the marketing team of Mirza International took upon this challenge and started working on growing the company’s success to the new pivots. They introduced Redtape as a premium brand, representing the latest fashion in the UK.

 All the hard work paid off when the success of the flagship brand Redtape hit in 1996, UK. This gave them a foothold in the international market and helped them grow to new levels.

Today, Mirza International has a significant presence in the UK, Portugal, South Africa, Germany, France, Scandinavian countries, and UAE.

The new faces of Mirza International

Mirza has grown much bigger and is now dealing with new generation fashion with its own brands. You may know them as

Redtape – This branch deals with the production of premium lifestyle products. This includes an apparel range of shirts, t-shirts, trousers, belts, wallets, and more of similar wearables. 

Redtape Athleisure – The following branch deals with the high quality of sports shoes.

Mode – This particular section of Mirza international manufactures shoes particularly for the ladies.

Bond Street – This branch manufactures formal shoes, semi-formal shoes, and casual for the young, fashionable, and brand-conscious consumer.

Bond Street

Oaktrak – Finally, this branch of the Mirza international deal’s with the manufacturing of Chelsea Boots, Casual Wear, and classic formals.

After the successful establishment of the brands overseas, Redtape shifted the attention to its origin country, India. At times, the lack of a true-blue fashionable shoe brand gave this company the perfect launchpad. 

Especially when they launched their RTS-8 model, the company attracted Indian consumers so much that the company had to work overnight to meet the demands.

Interestingly, 80% of the company’s sales are being contributed by overseas sales of 24 countries, however, according to the recent report, it exports 43.5% of its total production. Speaking of which the total production capacity of Miza International is 6.5 million.

A report in 2018 shows that there has also been an expansion of margin over the last five years and as a result, net income increased by 14.03%.

SWOT analysis

SWOT Analysis


According to us, the biggest strength of this company would be its marketing and designing team. Mirza International is a company that spends 10-15% of the sales on advertising.

In addition, the company has successfully managed to be available on both online and offline markets.

Not just that but when it comes to coping up with the new international brands, the design team often gives competition to the giants of the industry.


By introducing the apparel industry with the RedTape, the company has already entered a very competitive market, with very limited options, when compared to others.

Also, they offer Lower profit margins to multi-brand retailers than the local brands, which might turn down their customers.


Even after being a company for more than two decades, the company has managed to keep up with the new generation. They can even tap the younger fashion-conscious audience and can increase their market share.


Along with all the strengths and opportunities, Mirza international has also seen some serious threats in the past few years. After strict laws towards the leather industry, it has been a difficult time for the company.

Along with this, there have also been some major concerns regarding the generous pay-out to the CEO, even when the investors are suffering 39% over three years.

The downfalls of the Miraz’s

According to a report, as of March 2019, Mirza international had a $48 million debt, an increase of $38.3 million, over one year. The report also suggests that the cash reserve is at $1 million, which brings the total debt to about $47 million.

Other than this, during the financial reforms, the overall industry within the country got a big hit. The margin decreased, due to which the prices of the raw material and finished products increased drastically.

In addition to this, the high dumping of leather from China and Bangladesh caused the price to fall and made the situation even worse. All this back to back made the situation worse for this company.

But even after all this, the company is considered as the next Bata, which gives hope that

the future of the company will be secured sooner or later.

The learnings

With all the studies and the report we have gone through, it is very clear that Mirza international has managed to go through some tough times in the past. Nonetheless, their strength lies in their customer-centric approach which we can see in their marketing.

  • If you are running an offline business, you must understand that taking your business online would be the first step to reach your audience. Also, the marketing of your product is very important in order to attract your targeted customer.
  • As you see, in order to attract different classes and types of audiences, Mirza international has introduced about 5 different successful brands under one roof. But in doing so, they have also managed to have a firm grip on their niche, that is shoes.
  • Lastly, it would be best if you also made sure that there is enough demand for your product in the long run. As we know now that the leather industry is facing allegations and issues, Mirza international has also managed to diversify the store with jackets, shirts, t-shirts, and more.

Even if you are starting out, you need to remember that having a niche in your eCommerce store would help you create your very own identity. Further, if you wish to diversify your store, you can start it under the same brand or new name.

Tell us in the comment section below how would you prefer to launch a new range of products if you are running an eCommerce store.

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