Kmana's mission would be to work in partnership with Indonesian talent — leather artisans, creatives and women weavers — to blend European slow design with traditional crafts.
Kmana relies on a partnerships-based business model. They source vegetable-tanned leather from family-run tanneries and fabric from women cooperatives in Nusapenida. They also partner with the Bali Life Foundation, whose women weavers build their products. The Role Foundation helps trains these weavers. Kmana, then sells products through their own website and stores, along with online and brick & mortar retail partners.
Kmana was founded in 2018 by Bea Sanz Corella and her husband, Kiko. Bea's travels led her to Indonesia, where she fell in love with Bali. She decided to follow her passion for sustainable design, resulting in the creation of Kmana. Bea has supported and connected like-minded international institutions (such as the European Union, the UN and several development banks), NGOs, foundations, as well as organisations and individuals that work towards a better world.
After working with a Balinese–Javanese family of gifted artisans who hand-crafted oversized leather bags for their own travels, visiting friends and acquaintances began ordering their own personal bags and accessories as well. Eventually, their bags started traveling outside of Bali, to Brisbane, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Barcelona.
Kmana puts inclusiveness and equality at the core of their businesses and social mission. The company is part of the Slow Fashion and Fashion Revolution movements and has made 10 commitments to support climate solutions and transition towards more sustainable ways of buying and living.
It's hand crafted products are made of vegetable tanned leather from verified family-run tanneries in Java, to minimize the chemicals used in the tanning process. Amongst many other things, Kmana's strong believe in giving back to the society is demonstrated through their support for several communities.
It has supported the victims of the unfortunate series of earthquakes in 2018 in Lombok through in-kind and money donations. They have also and continue to support the efforts of the Role Foundation 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