The Founder


“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.” - Brene Brown 

Ethiopian born, Canadian raised and current Oakland resident, Kalkidan Gebreyohannes has always had a calling for the arts. Kalkidan’s past creative experiences as a ballerina, writer, athlete, makeup artist and personal shopper/stylist were all preparations leading up to her biggest endeavor yet - KALU. 

KALU was birthed on a sunny beach day in Santa Monica in 2012, not long after the arrival of Kalkidan’s second child. The idea of entrepreneurship as a handbag designer stemmed from an honest conversation with her best friend about life and motherhood.

With these concepts in mind and family to raise of her own, Kalkidan created a brand foundation catered to empowering the fashionable self-expression of a woman who was constantly on-the-go. After two and a half years of perfecting her designs, sourcing materials and mastering her craft, she launched her first KALU collection “Le Reve - The Dream” in December 2014. 

Since the premier collection, Kalkidan has shared six unique sets all crafted and handmade in ethically sourced leather. Today, she is a mother of three and continuously blazes the trail for women of color in the industry and customers from around the world. 

"I understand how busy women are. If I can give them a few minutes of their day back by creating pieces that will seamlessly blend with their existing wardrobe, while providing them with products that speak to the way they want to express themselves, I have achieved my vision for my designs and my brand." - Kalkidan Gebreyohannes