Our Collections

The Andes Collection

 

Our newest addition, the Andes Collection is a fun, vibrant collection of ethical and eco-chic contemporary handicrafts sourced from our partner in Ecuador, The Andes Fashion. The Andes Fashion works under the rules of Fair Trade with over 200 families of artisans located all over Ecuador. Founder and fashion designer Mirta Evi launched the eco-chic, fair trade and ethical brand to help raise funds for social and environmental issues in Ecuador, working in partnership with international NGOs, the Ecuadorian Government and the United Nations Development Program.

 

The Andes Fashion artisans specialise in various areas of craftsmanship to ensure the highest quality product, and offering ongoing opportunities for entrepreneurship, training and leadership for artisan producers and their families. Their collections have featured in many high profile events across the globe including Miami Fashion Week 2012 and Climate Week in London giving these talented artisans fantastic opportunities to improve their livelihoods and living conditions through high profile exposure to the global market.

 

The Andes Fashion donates 10% of its profits to scholarships for the underprivileged and 15% of its profits to Yasuní-ITT (an Ecuadorian Government conservation program in the Yasuní National Park with the aim of reducing 400 million tonnes CO2 into the atmosphere.

 

 

 The Chinchero Collection

 

The Chinchero Collection is a unique line of textile products ethically sourced from the Centro de Textilos Tradicionales del Cusco, based in the small indigenous village of Chinchero, one hour from Cusco. The Centre works in nine different communities and provides sustainable incomes for approximately 350 adult artisans.


The Cusco Collection

  

The Cusco Collection holds a special place close to our hearts. All the products from our Cusco Collection are ethically sourced from our partner Awana Wasinchis, a Cusco-based cooperative operating under fair trade principles. Awana Wasinchis is a family-run cooperative that aims to provide sustainable incomes to artisans from their home village and surrounding communities. All artisans are paid fair wages at 80 percent of the wholesale price of the item.

 

 

The Africa Collection

 

The stunning and colourful products available in our Africa Collection are all sourced from our suppliers at Kalahari, who work with local communities in several countries, to assist individuals and groups to gain empowerment through employment. 

Wall Art Collection

A collection of fine art travel photography showcasing some of the world's most stunning scenery by The PachaMama Project. 

We will put 20% of profit from each works sold towards microfinancing various community projects with Kiva. Kiva is a not-for-profit microfinance organisation working to alleviate poverty.

The ThaiCraft Collection

ThaiCraft is a Fair Trade certified organisation, working within the principles of fair trade to generate a fair income for village artisans in Thailand with the objective of keeping Thai craft traditions alive. They work with over 60 artisan groups in Thailand, with a focus on people with special needs, to create fine, high quality handmade products. ThaiCraft is a founder member of the Thailand Fair Trade Alliance and WFTO Asia, and has been a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation since 1995.

 

The Hill Tribe Collection

 

This collection is sourced from our partners at Thai Tribal Crafts (TTC). TTC established in 1973, is an agency sponsored by the Christian Service Foundation (Baptist) and registered in Chiang Mai in the name of "Thai Tribal Crafts". The main objective of TTC is to provide opportunities for improving the quality of life of the tribal people in the Northern Thailand under the principles of Fair Trade. 

 

TTC is a certified member of the World Fair Trade Organization and also a legal member of International Federation for Alternative Trade (IFAT) since 17 May 2002.

THE ARTISANS

Seven Hill tribes of Northern Thailand are involved in the project: the Akha, Hmong, Karen, Lahu, Lawa, Lisu and Mien groups, as well as many women working in Chiang Mai.

Traditionally these hill tribes are nomadic peoples, supporting their families in slash and burn agricultural activities. This is no longer sustainable and there are no new places for them to move on to. As a part of its environmental policy, the Thai Government has prohibited the felling of trees and clearing of hillside land, leaving tribal people with fewer means to support their families.

The production and sale of handicrafts is one way for the hill tribes to achieve sustainable livelihoods without impacting the traditions of tribal community life. In fact, this is one livelihood that helps restore and revive these traditions which otherwise might have been forgotten.