The Kit • January 7, 2021
Here’s an unlikely career trajectory for you: research-scientist-turned-DJ-turned-shoe-care-entrepreneur. That’s Amir Alam’s story in a nutshell. The Toronto native worked in neuro-oncology at SickKids hospital, publishing several papers on brain tumour research. Then, he spent a decade DJing, touring with The Weeknd and spinning at Toronto bars like Libertine and the late, great Kensington Market spot Cold Tea. The pandemic put Alam’s DJing gigs on hold, so he zeroed in on his interest in shoe care and launched a cleaning kit called Shoe Laundry.