Kmana is a for-profit company with strong social responsibility. We promote local economic, social and cultural development and strive to keep our environmental impact to a minimum.
From cutting to sewing and hammering rivets, our bags are entirely in Bali and Jogjakarta. We work with a network of small workshops and cooperatives, where artisans receive recognition for their skills, are paid fairly, and are treated with honesty and respect. The artisans who work with us also receive due visibility, so that they do not remain faceless.
Each Kmana bag is unique, hand crafted and made to last decades if not a lifetime. We believe in simple, timeless, gender-neutral designs, which do not depend on ephemeral trends. Guided by the motto “less is more”, we also embrace clean and subtle detailing.
We use vegetable-tanned leather and minimally processed chromed-tanned leather (for the exceptionally lightweight bags), both of which retain the natural characteristics of the hide. Every element of our bags (i.e. leather, hardware and fabric) is hand-made, traceable and, to the maximum extent possible, ethically sourced.
We keep our stock to a minimum, prioritising small batch production to ensure the lifespan and quality of our bags and to minimize our impact on the environment.
Strongly committed to the presentation of culture and identity, we incorporate traditional textiles and fabrics into every design (e.g. Rang Rang from Nusa Penida, Ikat from Cambodia, wax, etc.) in an effort to help our partners preserve ancient weaving and natural dying techniques and skills passed down from generation to generation.
We acknowledge our own privilege, and this awareness informs our strong determination to give back to the community. 5% of all profit is invested in a number of social projects aimed at empowering communities (especially women) and counterbalancing our carbon footprint. To date and since Kmana was born in early 2018:
- We have supported the victims of the unfortunate series of earthquakes in 2018 in Lombok through in-kind and money donations.
- We have supported the work of the Bali Foundation (http://www.balilife.org/) to provide training and work opportunities for women living in the streets.
- We have supported the efforts of the Role Foundation (http://rolefoundation.org/) in Bali to promote women empowerment and occupation, particularly of middle-aged women who lost their job as sea weed collectors and are now learning weaving skills .
- We have supported the outstanding work of the White Helmets volunteers in Syria (https://www.whitehelmets.org/en)
- We are now looking into the projects we would like to sustain from 2019 onwards in a more systematic way.
We also believe in responsible profits and are committed to full transparency on our prices by offering a detailed breakdown.
We are part of the Slow Fashion and Fashion Revolution movements and believe in a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.
All in all, our invitation is for you to buy less and to buy better. Even if you do not want to buy one of our bags, helping you think differently and support the slow and ethical fashion movement is already an accomplishment.