The Andean Collection introduces the Cayambe Line for S/S 2012
New York City's sustainable fashion and fair trade community was out in full force this past Tuesday for the launch of The Andean Collection's Cayambe Line for Spring/Summer 2012.
This latest collection features bold and chunky necklaces, statement-piece bracelets and earrings – all interchangeable in a vibrant and colorfully-charged palette. Handcrafted by Ecuadorean artisans using tagua, , and pambil seeds from the rainforest, these gorgeous, sustainable designs illustrate the natural beauty and deep cultural continuity of Andean communities.
Fair trade, artisan-made accessories usher in bright new era in fashion
Since their launch in 2008, The Andean Collection (TAC) has steadily grown its artisan team and partnerships, while also maintaining a genuine commitment to their six founding artisans. All of these individuals have seen dramatic changes in their lives since they began working with TAC – including access to clean water, electricity, and educational programs for their families. Not only have their economic lives improved, but by also working collaboratively with other artisans in TAC's network, they have developed lasting friendships and ties to people outside of their families and villages. According to founder Amanda Judge, this is rather unusual in these indigenous communities.
You can read inspiring profiles about the artisans here or meet them in person when they visit New York for the first time during July 2012.