Following the tracks of a windy, dusty road amid a randomly cited cluster of corrugated tin shacks in Windhoek’s Katutura, Okuryangava, along Mount Meru Street, you will regularly find a group of friends gathering on their front stoep. Meriam Haingura, Magda Ndimulene and Drotea Hamunyela have been living here for years.
A KOVA handbag is an acquisition based on beauty and pure feeling. It’s simple, classic and clean lines are designed in such a way that the bag, which starts as an accessory, ages with you and soon becomes an extension of yourself. Your movements dictate the lines and creases in the leather and ensures a classic and ever so stylish representation of your personality.
In 1991, children in the Sossusvlei area in the ancient Namib Desert, would gaze up to the sky and see a huge, colourful balloon rising and floating over the area. In awe they ran and followed this captivating balloon, much bigger than they had ever seen.
As a result of the success of local retail shops at our Gondwana lodges, and the repeated requests from guests wanting to order something they saw and treasured but didn’t buy, setting up an online store was always in the Gondwana pipeline. In 2020, time was on our side, so we flattened our ears, dug in our heels, and started researching the web with hundreds of YouTube and Shopify tutorials.
There is an incredible industrious vibe present upon entering the workshop.
Chiselling and hammering away at what seems precious materials and stones, Goldsmith Attila Giersch and his team of master crafters consisting of Eunice Mauha, Dorkas Hengari and Natasha Siebes look fiercely dangerous and yet totally in their element.