The passionate devotion of Dipl.- Des. Eva-Maria KK ( furrier, costume and fashion designer ) and Heino O.H. Manchen ( master furrier ) for a family tradition that goes back four generations is reflected in the precisely handcrafted and strictly limited range of garments created in hand stitched Swakara ( Namibian Karakul ), selected furs, finest de luxe leathers, luxury cashmere and silks carried in our atelier. KK designs are based on individual needs and preferences. Jackets, coats, capes, waistcoats and hunting/sports vests can be personalised,made to measure. A large variety of the finest exotic leather accessories complement the KK Collection.
KK handbags are fashioned in ostrich, crocodile, python and other hides, varying from business / laptop, shopping and afternoon bags to evening clutches and men’s business / leisure bags. Wallets, purses, belts, key holders and many more small leather goods are offered in the most attractive colours and styles.
KK home decor is another manufacturing line, varying from colourful leather- and lambskin blankets to cushions and throws.
Sustainability at its best is to redesign and transform your vintage fur garment into a new look, either jacket, coat, waistcoat, handbag, blanket or cushions, just to give a few inspirations.
Katharina Karl and it’s integrated atelier for design and manufacturing are based in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
We train our apprentices in age-old techniques of finest furrier’s and leather craft , the latest innovations of manufacturing unique and individual pieces.
Eva-Maria Katharina Karl was born in Germany, and has lived and worked in Windhoek / Namibia since 1993 with her husband and partner, master furrier Heino OH Manchen.
Following her own furrier training and her designer studies at Bielefeld College, she received several awards, among them: 1986 Germany's best furrier award, 1995 Swakara Award and 1997 J&B Rare Designer Award.
In June 1999 KK and her husband opened their own shop in Independence Avenue, Carl List Bldg. Shop 2 in Windhoek. In the same year, the first Katharina Karl Costumes collection was launched.