Bruce Chatwin, a travel writer, has inspired travellers around the world. Even today, thirty years after his passing and forty years after the publication of his ground-breaking travelogue, ‘‘In Patagonia,” his tales, stories, style and personality continue to resonate with readers and travellers worldwide. His works mostly address themes of human restlessness and wandering, borders and exile, and arts and objects. He believed that humans are a migratory species, predisposed to a life of travel.

Inspired by Chatwin’s works and legacies, Kmana’s first collection is a tribute to his spirit. We’ve attempted to capture the character of one of the last great explorers in the simple, timeless and gender-neutral design of the eight pieces of our first collection.

Our designs marry functionality with a touch of eclecticism inspired by Chatwin and our own travels too. We, like him, believe in questioning conventional standards of luxury and gender by magnifying what is essential.

Our products are multi-purpose in design, celebrating his interpretation of the idea of a border as a place where things are always changing, and honouring Chatwin’s unique quality of all great travellers: the ability to remain completely who he was even as he proved himself ceaselessly malleable.

“My God is the God of Walkers.
If you walk hard enough,
you probably don’t need any other god.”
― Bruce Chatwin


Inspired by Maya Angelou’s works and riveting personality, Kmana’s second collection is a tribute to the free-spirit of this remarkable Renaissance woman. Tall and regal, with a deep majestic voice, she was unforgettable whether encountered through sight, sound or the printed word.

Maya Angelou was a visionary and a non-conformist, a genuine traveller who lived so many different lives that it is almost impossible to categorize her. An activist, poignant poet, prolific auto biographer and TV producer, Maya Angelou had also travelled the world as a singer and dancer, and even became the first black streetcar female conductor in San Francisco at the age of 16.

To us, she was and continues to be a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. A real story teller whose greatest stories happened to be true. Someone who genuinely believed in love and we suspect this was precisely the force of her amazing resilience.

“Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.”
― Maya Angelou