Taking its name from the Oshiwambo word ‘onkova’ meaning leather Kova is a premium brand of classically, stylish leather bags and accessories designed and made in Namibia. The business was founded in 2017 by Petrina Auino-Mwandingi, a Naturopathic doctor. Her interest in natural medicine led her toward embracing a holistic approach to healthcare. She runs her own health and wellness practice helping her clients to live as healthy as they can naturally. She started Kova as a way of tapping into her creative side and to show that affordable well-made products can be made locally without having to always look abroad. Frustrated that she could not find a simple customisable leather bag locally she bought a leather sewing machine and made her own.
Kova’s designs are based on simple classic shapes and are handcrafted using the finest quality Namibian leathers. In keeping with the timeless aesthetic of the brand, Petrina chose to work with leather because of its organic and unique nature and particularly for its unique ability to endure wear and tear and improve its look as the material ages. The colours are rich and earthly echoing the Namib desert and the buttery soft leather gives each product that luxurious appeal.
Styles in the Kova collection include roomy totes, chic clutch bags, and practical cardholders, and passport covers. Currently catering to a Namibian clientele Petrina has plans to expand Kova’s reach and become part of the growing number of brands bringing homegrown made in Africa luxury to the rest of the continent and the world.
Classic pieces perfect for modern lifestyles
For further information about Kova visit: www.kovanam.com