CLC was founded by Jana Chocholackova. Growing up in a shoemaking family, she learned the craft at a young age by working as an intern at the Baťa factory in Partizánske, Slovakia, where she was born and raised. Her bachelor fashion education at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and Shoe Design at ArtEZ Fashion Master in The Netherlands has helped her to attract clients as an independent and experimental design consultant and fashion prototyper.
Having worked with traditional handicraft shoemakers since 2012, she opened her own artisanal atelier in the former Tetterode type-foundry factory building in Amsterdam. Not only is this a workshop, but it is also a collaborative space for fellow fashion designers and artists.