Last month we introduced to you one of our favourite new brands, Andean Collective (pronounce An-dee-ahn). Their garments will speak for themselves and constantly sell out, but we wanted you to understand WHY.
Andean Collective began in Byron Bay with a dream: to create pieces inspired by nature, that combined the two beautiful cultures of Australia and Peru into sustainable designs to be loved for seasons to come. ANDEAN COLLECTIVE is a small, ethical brand creating contemporary luxury pieces that can stand alone or be mixed and matched with the rest of your wardrobe.
Born from a common respect for the environment and the people who inhabit it, Andean works towards creating high-quality products using nature's finest materials while ensuring we replenish the resources we use. Through integrity and transparency, Andean seeks to create a future in which fashion supports a thriving planet. Andean Collective hopes to set an example in the fashion industry, by designing pieces that align ethics and aesthetics, encouraging a more conscious lifestyle. All of their beautiful pieces are handmade with love in Peru, highlighting how our unique, timeless garments can outshine industrially, mass-produced products. They aim to combine traditional weaving that has been practised in the Peruvian culture for decades with modern designs to bring you your forever favourites.
They work predominantly with strong women, from their local team in Byron Bay to their beautiful Artisans in Peru. They are very proud to be able to encourage them in their creative endeavours, supporting their families and working towards their goals. Their pieces are an ode to the strong women who inspire us every day, from the creators to those who wear our creations.
Here's what the girls have to say about the reason they feel so strongly about working with Peruvian women:
"At Andean Collective we strongly believe in supporting women in all our home countries and do so everywhere we can.
We draw inspiration from our beautiful surroundings in the Byron Hinterland, as well as the Andean Mountains. Both birth places of Andean Collective. Our aim is to give back to both of these beautiful places and help keeping traditions alive.
Andean Collective is an ode to the strong women that inspire us. Those are the mothers, the artists, the artisans & makers in Peru and the powerful creative community around us in Byron Bay.
Our pieces are made for these strong women that inspire us.
We are supporting our Artisans, Dressmakers and Seamstresses with fair wages and enabling these beautiful ladies to work from home and be with their families as opposed to commuting through the big city of Lima for hours every day.
At the same time we are supporting the tradition of handmade embroidery in Peru and want to share this art with all of you around the world.
We’re hoping to empower the women who wear our pieces, as much as we feel empowered to see you dressed in our creations.
We believe that when women support each other magic happens."
So meet the beautiful makers below and get to know the wonderful team behind Andean Collective, here in Australia and in Peru!
Lots of love
Courtney, Sally, Dani, Lily and Ebony xx