Respect the Culture & Tradition
  • Petitioning Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron

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Prime Minister's Office.10 Downing Street. London. SW1A 2AA.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron
Paul Smith Ltd, Unit 5 Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2NR, England
Paul Smith (fashion designer)

Respect the Culture & Tradition

    1. Muhammad Khalid Mahmood
    2. Petition by

      Muhammad Khalid Mahmood

      Bathgate, United Kingdom

Sandals being sold by Paul Smith Company as "Black High-Shine Leather Sandals" (earlier as "Robert" Sandal) are cultural and traditional footwear of Pashtun people (living across the world, however, mostly live in North Western Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Balochistan of Pakistan, Afghanistan) and named as Pekhwrai Tsaplai(Urdu translation could be Peshawari Chappal). After launch of this petition and uproar across the globe over print and social media, the Company updated the product and removed the name of Robert and inserted " inspired by the Peshawari Chappal" which may be a partial victory for the petition, however, still it is expected that company should reconsider to sell the product with its traditional name. It is reiterated "If some company wants to sell these traditional foot wear of pashtuns, should show some moral obligation and courtesy and must use its original local name". Therefore, on behalf of 'ALL PASHTUNs' here I request concerned authorities to ask the Company in question to sell the product as Pekhwrai Tsaplai to show respect to the  local culture/traditions as it matters a lot to the Pashtun people living around the world particularly in UK.  Here is link to Paul and Smith http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/uk-en/shop/men-s-black-high-shine-leather-robert-sandals.html

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Update - Media Coverage (Part 2)

      Muhammad Khalid Mahmood
      Petition Organizer
      Pakistan outraged by 300 pounds Peshawari chappal, aka \'Robert\'

      Pakistan's famous Peshawari chappals have now made their way into international fashion circuit with a top British designer selling them for a whopping 300 pounds, causing a big outcry here.

    2. Update - Media Coverage (Part 1)

      Muhammad Khalid Mahmood
      Petition Organizer

      Dear All.
      Apart from coverage on BBC Scotland, our petition and cause has got coverage on following media forums:-
      1.Pakistan outraged by 300 pounds Peshawari chappal, aka 'Robert' http://www.financialexpress.com/news/pakistan-outraged-by-300-pounds-peshawari-chappal-aka-robert/1232715
      2.Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300 http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/news/pakistan-vs-paul-smith-sandalwearers-bemused-by-famed-british-designers-attempts-to-sell-traditional-peshawari-chappalstyle-shoes-for-the-distinctly-untraditional-sum-of-300-9182540.html
      3.A chappal of two cities: The £300 Paul Smith surprise by Madeeha Syed http://www.dawn.com/news/1092257/a-chappal-of-two-cities-the-300-paul-smith-surprise

      Pakistan outraged by 300 pounds Peshawari chappal, aka \'Robert\'

      Pakistan's famous Peshawari chappals have now made their way into international fashion circuit with a top British designer selling them for a whopping 300 pounds, causing a big outcry here.

    3. 1500 Supporters

      Muhammad Khalid Mahmood
      Petition Organizer

      What a response, keep sharing, thanks a lot

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Update - Voice over BBC Radio

      Muhammad Khalid Mahmood
      Petition Organizer

      Dear All,
      Today, our view point has been aired by BBC Asia at 1300 and 1700 hrs. Can be listen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03y0vqz (23.41). And am sure with continuous and more support we will be able to reach for the CHANGE.
      Thanks a lot.

      BBC Asian Network - Asian Network Reports, 19/03/2014

      All the news you need to hear at lunchtime.

    6. Update - Pekhwrai Tsaplai

      Muhammad Khalid Mahmood
      Petition Organizer

      Dear All.
      Today, at BBC Scotland Radio, I have got opportunity to highlight our view point and slight modifications has also been made to the petition to hounour and respect my Pashtun Brothers and Culture. Now we have demanding from Paul Smith to change the name of the sandal as " Pekhwrai Tsaplai" instead of Pehswari Chappal. And it has been also highlighted that this is a traditional foot wear of Pashtun living anywhere in the world; may be Khayber Pakhtun Kha, Balochistan, Afghanistan etc.
      If any of the supporter have some more idea or suggestion, please leave in the comments so that can also be incorporated. I assure you what all you comments and support is being heard and noticed at appropriate level. Good Luck.

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. Paul Smith - Web Updated

      Muhammad Khalid Mahmood
      Petition Organizer

      Dear All,
      Our efforts are now started bringing results in positive direction. After filling of petition and contacting the company, Pual Smith has updated their webpage and added a note that they have been inspired by the peshawari chappal (http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/uk-en/shop/mens/shoes/men-s-black-high-shine-leather-sandals.html). However, through a mediator which is presently a local broadcast channel in UK (interviewed me as well), I have disagreed with the update and asked them to update it more appropriately with mention of Pathan (Pashtun) culture. Couple of article to the effect have been published in Pakistan's Media after inspired by the petition i.e Dawn (http://www.dawn.com/news/1092257/a-chappal-of-two-cities-the-300-paul-smith-surprise) and Tribune (http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/21357/paul-smith-shoes-and-cultural-appropriation/). I request you all to put in more dedicated efforts to bring more signatories so to get deserved appreciation for our Pashtun culture.

      Paul Smith Men's Shoes | Black High-Shine Leather Sandals

      Men's high-shine black leather sandals with neon pink trims inspired by the Peshawari Chappal.

    9. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Farman Khan PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN
      • about 1 month ago

      This is OUR tradition since ages... and people are renaming it as innovation...??!!! Are you kidding me???

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    • fawad akhunzada PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN
      • about 1 month ago

      to preserve the reality of the sandal as well as the origin city

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    • Afsar Ali Khan Yousafzai AL AIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • about 1 month ago

      Its my identity.its my culture dont steal it

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    • Haide Ali KHARTOUM, SUDAN
      • 3 months ago

      Steeling our traditional design at least he should have named the chappal after charsadda

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    • Tahseen Zia MISSISSAUGA, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      It is the traditional shoes from Pakistan and part of our culture,

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