About Us

KOMPANERO is a range of leather bags with a distinctive weathered look, vintage appeal and a contemporary design inspired by the concept 'Leather being a Timeless Companion'.

The deep passion for leather and natural sustainable materials along with our love for handcrafting desirable and marvelous masterpieces motivate us to make beautiful bags and accessories that carry your world

The Concept

Our founding team felt that most leather accessories in the market had started to look like their synthetic counterparts.They had classic run-of-the mill finishes and couldn't be differentiated from synthetic products.

This bothered us, and our design research team worked extensively to build leather products from the ground up, such that they are so well differentiated from Synthetic/non-leather products; to the extent that our leather products that should not ever need a "Genuine Leather Stamp".

To achieve this we had to invent a way to age leather products as the ageing of a natural leather patina is beautiful and unique to leather and cannot be achieved by synthetic materials. So we came up with "Piece Dyeing". The result was a signature KOMPANERO vintage aged finish which is truly unqiue and inimitable.

Each KOMPANERO bag is handcrafted and piece-dyed. They are then individually distressed. Each of them is unique. One of a kind. Even the term 'limited edition' would seem a misfit.

The Brand

The brand name KOMPANERO is inspired from the Spanish word that means "Companion" and has been strategically evolved around the platform of companionship, which personal baggage is all about

The Journey

We started from a small store in 2014 in the beautiful garden City Bangalore, and ever since the journey has been quite crazy. We have spread our wings and flown far west ward to Australia where Kompanero has achieved quite a cult following. We are proud to say we are available in more than 250 stores in Australia, and the Kompaneros are flying off the shelves faster than we can make them. We have also been building up a steady presence across the high streets of UK.
Closer home we have made an effort to reach your city through a network of 20 plus stores across the length & breadth of India.

While our bags and accessories were being loved, we quickly launched a range of handcrafted footwear in 2017.

And this is just the beginning....

The Works

At Kompanero we take our R&D really seriously and a state-of-the-art process housespread over more than 50,000 Sqft of floor area at the Kolkata. The designs are developed in by our team of Italian, German and Indian designers.

Although global in our sensibilities, we never forget our roots. We work closely with local community of craftsmen and women and most of our products intentionally have some level of intricate handcrafting in an effort to support, sustain and grow the culture of craftsmanship.

We merge age old craftsmanship with latest machinery and sustainable practices in an effort to be a conscious business.

Consciously Responsible Business

Our prime aesthetics at Kompanero are as follows:

  1. Aversity towards anything Synthetic

    We are truly averse to synthetic materials, and believe that plastic, PU and all other synthetic materials are leading us towards sure doom and the world would really do much better without synthetics. Hence our efforts are always geared towards the use of natural materials wherever possible and that is reflected in all aspects of our design whether it be our products or our packaging or auxiliary materials. We sincerely and whole heartedly try to eliminate synthetic materials from our culture.

  2. We use vegetable tanned leather

    While there are many ways to tan leather, sadly most of them create a lot of toxic waste, which inevitably deeply harms nature. 90% of our leather is Vegetable tanned in our own tanneries where we follow the best ethical practices.

    By using vegetable tanning, we opt for a way to make leather products that are sustainable and reduce impact on the environment. We restrict the use of harmful chemicals, instead choosing for more pure ways.

    Vegetable tanning requires exquisite craftsmanship, extreme patience, immense skill, and is completely made by hand.

  3. We wrap our leather goods in cloth dust bags for you to take home

    As we said we are averse to anything synthetic. Thus, we use beautiful bio degradable cloth dust bags that are made of breathable fabric, which not only extends the leather product's life (protection from color transfer, sun exposure, excel moisture etc.) but enhances its beauty as well.
    The cloth dust bags, made of cotton, are the best alternative to plastic or paper since they are reusable and are eco-friendly.

  4. Our bags have natural inside and out

    Our philosophy is to be all natural. Not only is the exteriors of our products pure leather, even our interior linings are made of cotton, thus reaffirming our commitment to nature and the environment. Plus, it feels lovely and soft too.

  5. Piece dyeing for the environment

    Each KOMPANERO bag is individually piece-dyed. Piece-dyeing limits or negates the need for stocking large amounts of inventory, reduces wastage of leather as well as water. Instead of tanning whole sheets of leather, we only dye the exact amount of leather needed piece by piece, thereby increasing the cutting yield leading to lesser wastage. In addition, the new dyeing technique incorporates and conceals the natural surface defects of the leather better than traditional dyeing. Piece-dyeing also leads to much lesser effluent and pollutants as compared to traditional dyeing. Through this breakthrough technique, our usable leather yield has increased by around 30%. In other words, it results in saving over 20,000 sqft of leather every month without affecting production output. It is our constant effort to align our actions toward a more sustainable environment and future and every small action matters.